2022 awardees of Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship announced

Robert Ambunda and Lucia Game have been awarded the prestigious Lee Schipper Scholarship Award for transformative research proposals to challenge conventional wisdom.

Robert Ambunda, also known within VREF:s MAC network, is the lead researcher in the Mobility Lab at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Namibia. He is also one of the SLOCAT young leaders. Robert Ambundas’ research interests include areas around transport policy, sustainable, resilient and equitable transport systems, transport modelling, climate change and adaptation, and road safety. His study aims to shift the mobility paradigm of Secondary Urban African Towns, by designing a series of intervention and policy approaches that support active and sustainable mobility.

Lucia Game is a recent graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a M.S. in Transportation Engineering and holds a B.S. in Systems Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her academic focus is on emerging technologies in transportation and their social and environmental impacts in developing countries. Previously, Lucía worked at Via Transportation, one of the leading companies in Microtransit, where she worked on the launch and operation of projects across the USA adopting the demand response technologies. Her research will focus on how emerging technologies, specifically demand-responsive tools, can help Latin American cities better leverage the informal transportation systems. 

VREF wish to congratulate both awardees!