NIATT has been part of the University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program since 1998. Through the UTC, NIATT has been able to offer undergraduate research assistantships, graduate research assistantships, and graduate fellowships to countless students. We are featuring University of Idaho Alumni who took part in the research that was done on a UTC project over the years.

Samantha Campbell
MSCE ‘11BSCE ‘10

Samantha CampbellSamantha Campbell (MSCE ‘11, BSCE ‘10) is currently working as a Transportation/ Traffic Engineer Intern with Ayres Associates in Cheyenne, WY. Her responsibilities include construction engineering, transportation engineering, and traffic engineering.  The majority of her work involves traffic engineering and includes the evaluation of traffic issues on transportation projects, collecting and analyzing traffic counts and surveys of existing traffic conditions, as well as studying traffic engineering problems and developing plans for improvement.  

Samantha's thesis work focused on railroad preemption. Her research was used to develop a curriculum utilizing visualization to teach students and professionals the complex process of railroad preemption.  Her graduate school research was funded by NIATT through a University Transportation Centers (UTC) grant. Samantha said, "Without the funding provided to me, it would not have been possible to attend graduate school and receive a master’s degree.  My educational experience was greatly enhanced and I was able to focus solely on my research and studies with the fellowship NIATT provided me.  The education I was able to obtain from the professors working with NIATT has greatly helped me in my career and will continue to help me in the future."

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Phil Rust
MEngr ‘04

Phil Rust

Phil Rust MEngr ’04 began working with NIATT in August 2000. He said, “The UTC grant allowed me to work with roundabouts and roundabout experts.  That experience and those contacts led me to a career of saving lives.” Phil received the 2002 NIATT Student-of-the-Year award.

He has been involved with roundabouts ever since, helping the agencies he worked for get more of them built and creating safe design requirements.  He said there is significant opposition to change, so he takes every opportunity to share the benefits of roundabouts.  He has also help other engineers spread the word, as the education chair of ITE’s roundabout committee.  Phil said, “Roundabouts save lives and keep people moving.  They’re great for communities and local businesses.  I can’t imagine a more rewarding career.”

Phil has worked for the Washington State DOT and is currently employed by Ada County Highway District.

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Yuri Mereszczak
BSCE ‘03 MSCE '05


Yuri MereszczakYuri Mereszczak (BSCE ’03, MSCE ’05) is currently a Senior Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) in Boise, ID, where he has worked since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2005.  Yuri’s involvement with NIATT began in 2001 when, as an undergraduate, he was offered the opportunity to conduct transportation research with Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahim.  Upon receiving his BSCE, NIATT provided Yuri with a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to participate in a comprehensive, national research project on roundabouts in the US.  Through this research, Yuri formed connections with several staff at KAI, which led directly to an internship and eventually full-time employment with the firm.


Since joining KAI, Yuri has participated in a variety of traffic engineering, roadway engineering, transportation planning, and transportation research projects throughout the US.  He has contributed to projects involving transportation impact analysis, preliminary and final roadway and traffic design, signal systems evaluation, transportation planning, corridor studies, and research studies. Yuri said, “NIATT truly was the launch pad for my career in more ways than one.  During my time with NIATT I solidified my interest and passion for transportation, made connections that enabled me to gain employment with a tremendous firm, and gained knowledge and maturity that served as the springboard for my ever-evolving professional development.  I owe so much to NIATT and its faculty for the opportunities, funding, and friendship they offered to help me hit the ground running with my career."

Yuri was the guest speaker at a combined ASCE and ITE student chapter meeting April 29, 2014.
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