Marc Fialkoff, a lawyer and doctoral candidate in the Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) program, is the first student in Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs to be selected a Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation.
The Eno Center is a non-profit foundation with the study of emerging issues in transportation policy and the cultivation of future leaders in the field as its core mission.
As part of the Leadership Fellowship program, Fialkoff will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of transportation infrastructure and operations as well as an understanding of the U.S. policymaking process.
Fialkoff’s research is at the intersection of law, transportation policy, civil engineering, and network science. In 2016, he was awarded a HERE Dissertation Support Grant by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he researched the effect of the Jones Act on freight transportation movements after Hurricane Sandy under the supervision of OluFemi Omitaomu from the Critical Infrastructure and Climate Change team.
Critical Infrastructure Report and the International Journal for Critical Infrastructure Protection have published his research.
Associate professors of urban affairs and planning Ralph Hall and Ralph Buehler, who is located in the National Capital Region, are co-chairs for Fialkoff’s doctoral committee. Other committee members represent the interdisciplinary nature of transportation policy: Kathleen Hancock, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the National Capital Region, and Henning Mortveit, associate professor of mathematics, both from Virginia Tech; and Jonathan Gutoff, professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Fialkoff will travel from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C., in early June to participate in the Eno Center Future Leaders Development Conference.
Buehler nominated Fialkoff for the fellowship. He was an Eno Fellow himself in 2005.
“Participation in Eno's Leaders Development Conference helped me better understand and open my eyes to federal transport policymaking in the United States,” Buehler said. “The fellowship is a unique opportunity to come to Washington, D.C., and meet with and hear from key stakeholders and policymakers in U.S. federal transport policy, ranging from passenger to air and freight transport. It is also a great way to connect with other Fellows from universities around the country.
“I am so pleased that Marc will also have this opportunity,” he said.
“I would like to thank Ralph Buehler for writing the letter of nomination for the Eno Center fellowship but I also want to thank the entire committee for their constant and continued support through this Ph.D. process,” said Fialkoff.
Posted March 29, 2017