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Texas A&M-Kingsville master's student wins national award for E-Portfolio

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Gabriel Odreman came to the United States from Venezuela three years ago. Before taking graduate classes at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he had to learn English. Now he is one of five winners of a national competition for his e-Portfolio, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board and hosted by the National Operations Center of Excellence.

Odreman is a master’s student in the civil engineering program at Texas A&M-Kingsville, with an interest in transportation project planning. He said he was the only master’s-level student among the five winners—the rest were doctoral students.

“The student contest was about demonstrating leadership, excellence and relationship with Transportation Systems Management and Operations through an e-Portfolio,” he said. Winners then had the opportunity to attend the Transportation Research Board’s 2018 annual meeting.

Odreman attended and presented a poster with his mentor Dr. Amir Hessami, assistant professor of civil engineering. His research about transportation project planning was then published by the Texas Department of Transportation.

This represented Odreman’s first paper as a researcher. The goal of the research is to improve the transportation plans of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) by enhancing the project-scoping process.

“Implementing this multi-stage scoping process in a consistent fashion can help to ensure a more effective development trajectory as well as accurate comparisons among different potential projects,” he said. “As a result, MPOs can increase confidence in their budgeting and scheduling, ultimately resulting in greater transportation benefits to the public.”

Before coming to Texas A&M-Kingsville, Odreman completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Universidad Santa Maria-Sede Oriente in Venezuela. He also spent five years working as a construction project manager, leading the construction of sports stadiums and schools.


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