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A Closer Look with Student Award Winner Armin J. Yeganeh

Thursday, September 21, 2017  
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Virginia Tech’s Armin J. Yeganeh is one of two recipients of the 2017 Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning. This award is given annually by the ACSP Faculty Women's Interest Group (FWIG) and recognizes superior scholarship reflecting concern with making communities better for women, people of color and/or the disadvantaged.

The selection committee was impressed with Armin’s paper, "An Equity Analysis of the U.S. Public Transportation System Based on Job Accessibility.”

Armin is a graduate student enrolled in the simultaneous master’s programs of Urban and Regional Planning and Building Science and Construction Management at Virginia Tech. His research has been focused on human-environment interactions. Armin is most interested in studying the effects of built environment on human life, either at a building level or at a city or a regional level. His award-winning research paper expanded upon previous work on equity analysis of the U.S. public transportation system in which the 45 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and their counties were studied.

Presently, Armin is serving as a teaching assistant at the Department of Building Construction at Virginia Tech, where he is focused on the effects of indoor environmental factors on building occupants. His goal is to combine his academic knowledge and professional experience to one day work as a university professor.

Prior to Virginia Tech, Armin received a master’s degree in Architecture from Iran University of Science and Technology (2011). He also founded and managed a small architecture studio in Tehran.

Here’s A Closer Look at our recent conversation with Armin …

Q: How did you feel when you learned you won this award?
A: The past recipients of the Marsha Ritzdorf Award have all been students of the most reputable universities in the United States. I was very happy when I learned that my effort was being recognized in such a competitive process.

Q: Who do you want to thank, if anyone?
A: I want to express my sincere appreciation to ACSP Faculty Women's Interest Group, and to all other ACSP faculty and staff. Also, I want to thank my primary advisor Dr. Steve Hankey, and my thesis committee members Dr. Ralph Hall, Dr. Thomas Sanchez, and Dr. Annie Pearce all at Virginia Tech.

Q: What inspired you about this project?
A: From an architectural and planning perspective, human life is at the core of every design. We need to continuously evaluate our design proposals to ensure that the environment we build fosters health and prosperity of all human lives. My project was basically an effort towards the evaluation of the positive and/or negative impacts of the existing US public transportation infrastructure on the society in general and the disadvantaged in particular.

Q: What's next?
A: “The necessity to increase transit ridership by enhancing the quality and availability of the existing public transportation infrastructure" was one of the highlights of my paper. I will try to address this aspect of public transportation in the future and will try to learn more about human-environment interactions towards making places that are economic, environmental, and equitable.

Click here for more information about the FWIG Marsha Ritzdorf Award.

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