Institute for Transport Studies alumna wins prestigious Eric Sampson Award

Ejiro Ikoko has won the Eric Sampson Award for Early Careers Professional of the Year 2022.

Named in honour of Intelligent Transport Systems (UK) Ambassador Eric Sampson, who throughout his career has continued to support the next generation of transport professionals, the award went to current ITS PhD student Ejiro Ikoko.

Ejiro previously graduated from the Institute for Transport Studies with her MSc Transport Planning in 2020.

She is now in the first year of her PhD back at ITS, researching how an inclusive multimodal Mobility as Service scheme could be designed as a solution to the mobility challenges for low income women in Lagos, Nigeria.

More than 60 nominations were received across nine categories in the biggest Intelligent Transport Systems (UK) Awards ever held. The Eric Sampson prize is awarded to:

  1. Someone in the first five years of their career showing exceptional talent and potential,
  2. Someone who has already delivered a project or business success in Intelligent Transport Systems (UK),
  3. Someone deserving of the honour of winning such a prestigious award.

I am grateful for this recognition in my early career, it will motivate me to continue my impactful work and my peers have been inspired by my award.

Ejiro Ikoko

Ejiro added: “Thanks to the judges, audience, companies, and people that walked up to congratulate me after the award.

“I am grateful to Intelligent Transport Systems (UK), my supervisors Paul Timms and Caroline Mullen at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) University of Leeds, my mentors, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.”

Read the full story about the awards on the ITS website.