InTrans / Jan 04, 2016

Mackenzie Shelton named MTC Student of the Year

Mackenzie Shelton, Harris-Stowe State University

The Midwest Transportation Center (MTC) at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation is pleased to announce that Mackenzie Shelton has been named the MTC’s 2015 Outstanding Student of the Year.

Mackenzie is an undergraduate student from Harris-Stowe State University’s Anheuser-Busch School of Business (HSSU), which is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Mackenzie was chosen as this year’s winner, because she exemplifies integrity and commitment along with the team leadership abilities necessary for a successful student researcher.

As a student member of the MTC research team at HSSU, Mackenzie along with two other students and four faculty members helped to launch a grant initiative entitled “Economic Sustainability of Inner City Streets: A Collaborative Transportation and Safety Model.” This project focused on the creation of a safety model that applied social and economic variables within that community. The model will contribute and have a positive impact on improving the social and economic conditions of the citizens living in the St. Louis Inner City and Metropolitan Region as a whole.

Mackenzie’s self-drive has made her a high achiever in the classroom and beyond. She recently represented Harris-Stowe as an HBCU Student Leader of Tomorrow Delegate to China, where she studied at Beijing Language and Culture University and the Hangzhou Wanxiang Polytechnic College.