Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

At the Departmental Commencement Celebration on June 7, 2018, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Bomee Jung (MCP 2007) as our Commencement Speaker.  Bomee is currently serving as the Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she is coordinating the development of an Authority-wide comprehensive sustainability agenda.

In addition to hearing from Bomee, the following year-end awards were announced at the event:

Departmental Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis: Yanisa Techagumthorn, "Social Movements & Interstate Highways: A study on anti-highway revolts in Boston and beyond"
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation: Aditi Mehta, "The Politics of Community Media in the Post-Disaster City"
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Teaching Assistant: Lilian Bui
  • Outstanding MCP Thesis: 
    • Winner: Jonathan Tarleton, "The Power of Equity: Private Motivations and Public Implications of Dissolving Affordable Housing Cooperatives"
    • Honorable Mention: Nneka Deandra Sobers and Ayna Delivrans Verella, "Community Empowerment, Technology & Access Through Peer to Peer Systems: Blockchain Concept and Case Study in Accra, Ghana"
  • Flora Crockett Stephenson Writing Prize: Max Missner Budovitch
  • AICP Outstanding Student Award: Reed Kuennen Jordan
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Intellectual Life of the Department: Tiffany Marie Ferguson
  • Student Departmental Service Award: Jessica Wolff
  • O. Robert Simha Prize: Kelly Blynn, Douglas Dominick McPherson, and David Tisel
  • Rolf R. Engler Award for Outstanding Service: Nimfa V. de Leon, Assistant Director, SPURS/Humphrey Program; Patricia M. Foley, Administrative Assistant II

DUSP Student Council Awards

  • Excellence in Advising: Gabriella Carolini
  • Excellence in Teaching: Marie Law Adams
  • Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant: Lily Bui, Yonah Freemark, and Hongmou Zhang
  • Staff or Faculty Contribution to Student Life: Ellen Rushman
  • Hebbert Award for Student Contribution to DUSP: Laura Krull

Congratulations to our winners, and to the entire 2018 graduating class!