Nathan Bradbury was selected in 2006 as the National Institute for Advanced
Transportation Technology’s (NIATT) Student-of-the-Year for his
excellence in research, academic performance, professionalism and
Bradbury is the tenth student to be so honored since 1998
when NIATT was selected as a University Transportation Center.
Bradbury, a first-generation college student at the University of Idaho,
will soon graduate with a Master of Science degree in mechanical
engineering. After graduating from high school in Rathdrum, Idaho,
Nathan began with an Associate Degree in Automobile Technology. After
entering the UI, he received an undergraduate work-study position
supported by NIATT and began his involvement with the Society of
Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) in 2001.
member and team leader of the UI CSC team, Bradbury led efforts to
engineer a clean and quiet snowmobile using a four-stroke engine. With
that four-stroke platform, the UI team captured first place in both the
2002 and 2003 competitions.
During the 2002-03 school year, Bradbury received a NIATT undergraduate
internship to assist in the research and testing of a gasoline/electric
hybrid snowmobile. In the summer of 2003, he received a grant from the
Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to
research technologies which improve the fuel economy and reduce
emissions of two-stroke engines.
As a graduating senior in 2004,
Bradbury received both the Mechanical Engineering Department Outstanding
Senior award and the UI College of Engineering Inspirational Student
As a graduate student, Bradbury worked to produce a turbocharged
and direct-injected two-stoke engine for use in snowmobile applications.
His technical knowledge, leadership and teaching skills, and high
standards have set an excellent example for numerous younger students in
Bradbury was honored at the annual Council of University
Transportation Centers banquet on January 21, 2006, in Washington,
DC, along with outstanding students from other University Transportation
Centers. He received a cash award and an all-expenses paid trip to
the Transportation Research Board 85th Annual Meeting in DC.