Mihail Kaburis is the 2022 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 Planning and Public 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 an advisor to foreign governments on state-owned railroad privatization.
While attending the Master of City and Regional Planning program at Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Mihail earned concentrations in both Transportation Planning and Public Informatics. His interests focus on bridging the gap between planning and technology and on creating more cohesive transportation and logistics solutions for a variety of sectors. He served as a graduate research assistant at the Rutgers Voorhees Transportation Center and contributed to a National Science Foundation-funded project, Making Micromobility Smarter, which focused on bringing together the fields of computer science, engineering, and planning to assess the current safety of riders utilizing e-scooters, bikes, and other shared micromobility products and to identify new policy solutions that promote safety.
Upon graduation from Rutgers, Mihail plans to work for the geographic information system company, Esri, as a Product Engineer as well as to travel and to advocate for improved transportation in the northeastern United States and beyond.