Zephyr Awards

Nominations for the 2023 Zephies are open! Nominations are due on September 16, 2022

To clarify some past confusion regarding the different Zephyr Awards, the Zephyr Award Committee has restructured and redefined the Award definitions and descriptions.

There will be two categories of awards, Person and Project. Within each category, there are two options depending on level of impact.

A rectangle in which the horizonal axis split into two parts labelled Person and Project. The vertical axis is labeled Impact. Four types of awards are depicted in the rectangle as text: The lower impact Person award is Zephyr Rising Star. The higher impact Person award is Zephyr Leadership. The lower impact Project award is Exceptional Technical Achievement. The higher impact Project award is Impactful Research.
Person graphic by Mello from NounProject.com
Project graphic by Nithinan Tatah from NounProject.com

More information about the four awards can be found on the 2023 Zephyr Awards nomination form.

Nominations are open for all four awards - Due August 26


Awards from 2022 and before

Exceptional Technical Achievement

This award shall be given to an individual or team for superior innovation and creativity in developing a project, method, study, or product that contributes to a positive impact on transportation and/or land use decision-making.

Congratuations to the 2022 recipient, Peter Vovsha

Impactful Research

This award shall be given to an individual or team of researchers for a research project that has had the most [relatively recent] impact on bettering the travel analysis field for the public good.

The Impactful Research Award was not given in 2022

Zephyr Leadership Award

The Zephyr Leadership award shall be given to an individual who embraces the Zephyr mission of advancing rigorous transportation and land use decision-making for the public good by advocating for and supporting improved travel analysis and facilitating its implementation.

Congratuations to the 2022 recipient, Elizabeth Sall

Outstanding Industry Contributor Award

This award shall be given to an individual who in embodying the Zephyr Principles, has selflessly contributed to the good of the industry through the body of their work.

Outstanding Industry Contributor shall be:

  • Collegial and collaborative, investing in shared technical knowledge and community assets in order to reach common goals (e.g. open access papers, code, documentation, and data);
  • Generous with their time such as investment in mentorship, community-assets, and other volunteer roles;
  • Respectful and thoughtful in their interactions; and
  • Goal-oriented towards the public good and usefulness, even if the pathway is unconventional.

Congratuations to the 2022 recipient, Dr. Johanna Zmud