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Four CAEE Graduate Students Receive FHWA Fellowships

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Jan. 3, 2019

Four students in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering were selected to receive Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to conduct transportation related research.

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program provides funding for master’s and doctoral candidates and a one-time expenditure to attend the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The program is intended to bring innovation and enhance the breadth and scope of knowledge of the nation's transportation community. 

Fellowship recipients were selected by a national selection panel composed of prominent US transportation professionals in the academic and public sectors.

Meet the 2018-19 recipients:

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William Alexander is a master’s student from Huntsville, Alabama who is supervised by Associate Professor Stephen Boyles. He arrived at UT Austin after completing two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from The University of Alabama, with minors in Business and Transportation Engineering. While completing a co-op work program, William learned about distributed computing technology and developed an interest in using these techniques to develop and advance technologies to improve transportation infrastructure efficiency.


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Adam Nodjomian recently completed a M.S. in Civil Engineering and has accepted a transportation analyst position at Alliance Transportation Group in Austin. As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Florida and earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning. Adam's personal and professional interests center around how transportation interacts with other aspects of society, including land use, emissions, and traveler behavior. While at UT Austin, he contributed to research that aims to predict the public's adoption of new transportation technologies such as connected and automated vehicles.


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Rahul Patel is a graduate student from Frisco, Texas who also completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering and Certificate of Business Foundations from UT Austin. He has been researching alongside Assocate Professor Stephen Boyles since June 2015, working with autonomous vehicle technologies including autonomous intersection management, specifically with simulation and modeling. He is excited to continue his work on these technologies to improve transportation systems with General Motors' AI/ML department in the Fall of 2019.


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Ty Wellik earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business at the University of Michigan. Through internships and work experience in the auto industry, including General Motors, Ty became interested in the field of transportation engineering. She joined Professor Kara Kockelman's research team at UT Austin in August 2018. She believes that the field of transportation holds tremendous opportunity for enabling sustainable improvements and targeted investment.