Advancing Women in Transportation

WTS-Boston congratulates our 2019 Chapter Scholarship Recipients

WTS-Boston seeks to recognize the best and brightest women seeking careers in transportation. The WTS-Boston chapter awarded $12,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record.  WTS-Boston is pleased to announce the following local scholarship winners who received recognition at the WTS-Boston June Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

WTS Member Graduate Scholarship 

ASweeneyAllison Sweeney, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Allison is receiving her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests are in public transportation and labor policy with a focus on social justice including the impact on access to public transit and how access to public transit can improve opportunities and equity.

Allison has worked in various capacities at the MBTA throughout her 16 year career at the MBTA. She started with the Silver Line Communications & Community Development Office before joining the Subway Operations Department for 7 years. She is a life-long Boston resident, and also a third-generation MBTA employee. Currently, she works as a Project Coordinator in the MBTA Capital Delivery’s Department focusing on Transit-Oriented Development.  

Allison earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Spanish from Simmons College. In 2011, she earned a certificate in Spanish Medical Interpreting in 2011. Since then, Allison speaks Spanish daily to help connect people within her community. 

Allison is very active with the WTS-Boston Emerging Professional Program and has been a member for 13 years.  Through WTS Boston, she has gained a broader view of transportation and she has become a better-equipped professional through development opportunities. She received the Emerging Professional award in 2009 and remains passionate about supporting other women working in the public sector. Her enthusiasm has led her to advocating and promoting other female Emerging Professionals while making great connections.

Helene M. Overly Memorial / Ann Hershfang Memorial Scholarship


Katerina (Aikaterini) Deliali, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Katerina Deliali is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a concentration on Transportation Engineering. As a research assistant Katerina has been involved in a variety of transportation projects related to transportation sustainability and traffic safety. During her MSc thesis, she focused on the deployment and implementation of zero-emission buses. However, current efforts to establish bicycle as a utilitarian mode motivated her to change the focus of her dissertation research. The latter is concentrated on bicyclists safety, modeling the interactions between bicyclists and motorists and examining the impact of various bicycle infrastructure treatments. Katerina has been an active member of the following student chapters WTS, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the Institute for Operation Research and Management Science (INFORMS). Upon completion of her degree, Katerina hopes to improve transportation by providing guidelines regarding the construction of bicycle networks that provide comfortable and safe trips to its users.

Sharon D. Banks/Jacquelyn R. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

sbrownSarah Brown, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sarah Brown holds bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Professional Writing from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Sarah is passionate about transportation systems and designing equitable, safe, and inclusive mobility for urban communities. For her undergraduate capstone project, Sarah implemented and evaluated a low-cost traffic calming countermeasure in an elementary school zone to redistribute the power between vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.


Sarah is currently working as a Research Assistant at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. She primarily works with the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center and provides technical assistance to related safety research efforts at HSRC. Sarah will be pursing her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning in the Fall of 2019.


WTS-Boston 2020 Scholarship Nominations will be available in December 2019.



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