Naomi (Seula) Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Mortensen-Voorhees Award for Achievement in Transportation Studies. Each year, this award is granted to the highest achieving student with a concentration in transportation at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy. The award is named for two individuals well-known for their contributions to the field of transportation planning: Alan M. Voorhees, a transportation engineer and urban planner who designed major transit systems and other public projects throughout the world, and the namesake of the Voorhees Transportation Center, and Robert E. Mortensen, a transportation planner whose career spanned more than three decades and included serving as the CEO of two major railroads and the advisement of foreign governments on state-owned railroad privatization.
This fall, Naomi will be continuing her education in the field of transportation when she begins a doctoral program in transportation planning at the University of Southern California. Her research will focus on the area of travel behavior. She is especially interested in understanding the relationships between the usage of different transit modes in particular settings through the use of big data.