Future Leaders Development Conference

Best for: Students in transportation-related programs Career Level: Graduate-level students

Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as “Eno Fellows” come to Washington, DC for a week in the spring of meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.

2016 Eno Future Leaders Agenda
*2018 agenda will be similar but speakers and topics are subject to change based on availability


The Eno Future Leaders Development Conference is designed for students in transportation-related programs, including engineering, planning, public policy, public administration, economics, management, and law. Students interested in any mode of transportation are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be Graduate-level students pursuing a masters or doctoral degree

Each university is invited to nominate one student from each transportation-related discipline. Each college within the university is limited to one nomination. Universities with more than one transportation-related program may submit no more than two applications per university.

Your nominee should be an individual who demonstrates leadership ability and the potential to assume a senior role in a transportation-related organization in the future.

The student must be able to attend the entire conference scheduled for May 20 – 24, 2018.

International students can apply for the conference as long as they are nominated by a United States college/university and are currently attending or recently graduated ( less than a year).

The Eno Center’s Board of Regents will review all nominations and select the participants for the 2018 Conference. In making the selections, the Regents will consider each nominee’s accomplishments and demonstrated leadership ability, academic program, intent to pursue a career in transportation and interest in national transportation issues.


2018 Applications are due by February 16th, 2018. 

Complete Your Application Now (Applications not currently available) 

Applications must include the following:

  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor: This should include an evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for the Conference. Please address academic accomplishments and leadership potential.
  • Student’s resume: Limited to two (2) pages.
  • Statement of interest: In a one-page statement, the student should explain why he or she wishes to participate in the Conference and how the experience might contribute to his or her professional development.
  • *Statement by nominating institution or other insititution regarding financial support (optional): The Leadership Development Conference is sponsored by the Eno Center and participants are hosted free-of-charge for the educational week in Washington, DC. Eno will cover travel and double occupancy (2 fellows per room) hotel accommodations for the week for each fellow. Over the years, numerous academic institutions and transportation firms have made contributions to assist in covering costs, from monetary amounts to covering students travel. The Center would appreciate receiving a statement concerning any pledge of support your institution would be willing to make. Estimated cost of one student’s participation in the 2017 program is $5,000.

Examples of Outstanding Applications from the 2016 class:

Andisheh Ranjibari (Rodney Slater Award Recipient)

Jonathan Wood (Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship Award Recipient)

Jack Cebe, Georgia Institute of Technology

Applications can be completed by the student or the nominator. Must have all required documents to be considered complete. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt of your application within one week, please call Erin Shumate at 202-879-4703 or email

Each year, the Diane Woodend Jones, WTS Chair, Scholarship is given to one outstanding candidate and WTS member. WTS selects the candidate to attend Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference.

If you are a WTS member and would like to apply for this opportunity, please visit the WTS website. If you have questions regarding eligibility or the application contact, please contact Rosa Chung, Director of Operations at WTS, at 202-955-5085 or

For the second year, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) award will be given to one outstanding student who is a COMTO member. COMTO selects the candidate to attend Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference from the class of Eno Fellows. Please note in your statement of interest if you are a COMTO member.

For the second year, the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) will select a masters degree student for a seat in the LDC. The student will be selected in conjunction with other CUTC awards.

If you have questions regarding the CUTC masters degree seat in the Eno LDC program, please contact Dr. Tom O’Brien at

Support the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference 
On May 24, 2018, Eno will hold its 26th annual Leadership Awards Dinner in Washington DC. This year Eno will honor the Eno Fellows and three individuals with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Wilbur S. Smith Friend of Eno Award, and the Eno Thought Leader Award



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Upcoming Course Dates

May 20, 2018 - May 24, 2018


Eno Center for Transportation
1629 K Street, NW Suite 200
Washington DC 20036



Registration Deadline:

February 16, 2018
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