2021 Manheim and Taggart Award Winners
Established in 2001, the Marvin L. Manheim Award celebrates the legacy of one of the four original founders of CS, Marvin L. Manheim. His vision, intellectual leadership and emphasis on creativity served as the one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and success of CS. Each year, this award is presented to an individual or team who best demonstrates Marvin Manheim’s key qualities in the development of a new product or service, an innovative solution for a client, a new approach to client service, or a business process improvement.
This year’s Manheim Award recipient is CS’ Digital Transformation: Big Data team, which includes Pragun Vinayak, Amit Mondal, Jayne Chang, Xuenan Ni, Moby Khan and Jingjing Zang. This core team, with contributions by a broader support team, has helped create and sustain a new suite of location-based data products and services, LOCUS, that did not exist three years ago, but is now poised to be a significant part of transportation’s future. The Digital Transformation team has changed the way our clients use decision support tools by providing powerful data analysis in usable formats, like LOCUS. As big data continues to change the transportation landscape, LOCUS proves to be an adaptable technology with increasing applications across the industry, like supporting transit speed and reliability projects, calibrating and validating results for trip-based and activity-based models, corridor planning, performance measures, conducting active transportation and equity assessments, and more.
The Chip Taggart Exceptional Service Award is named in honor of CS’ first Chief Operating Officer. Chip embodied the philosophy of forming strong personal relationships to improve operational performance and exemplify excellence in all work endeavors. Created in 2011, this award honors his many contributions to CS and represents our continued corporate commitment to excellent service, operational efficiency and our core values.
This year’s Taggart award recipient is the GIS Working Group. The core team members include Chris Porter, Hannah Santiago, David Von Stroh, Daniela Waltersdorfer, Lizzie Welch and Sarah Windmiller. The GIS Working Group understands the growing needs of transportation agencies and ensures CS staff are well positioned to provide our clients with the most up-to-date GIS expertise and skill. The GIS Working Group makes the most of our GIS licenses by streamlining costs, sharing best practices, and creating an environment where staff can learn and thrive. Steve Capecci, Chief Operating Officer, noted that the GIS Working Group is a great example of CS staff coming together to help us achieve our vision and be the exemplary firm in our field.
Cambridge Systematics congratulates its newest Principals and award recipients. Thank you all for your continued commitment to service and excellence across the firm!