Four students from the Department of City and Regional Planning recieved Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) fellowships for the coming year. The Eisenhower Fellowship is a competitive program administered by the Federal Highway Administration for the Department of Transportation.
Clockwise from left: Winners include Ph.D. student Abigail Cochran (M.C.P. '16) and Xiao Yun "Jayne" Chang (M.C.P. '21), advised by Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning Dan Chatman; Ryan Laws (M.C.P. '21), advised by Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning Karen Trapenberg Frick; and Jeremy Halpern (M.C.P. '21), advised by Professor of City & Regional Planning Daniel Rodriquez.
Cochran's research interests include urban governance, data science, technology, international planning, and transportation; Chang's include the design of user-friendly public transit systems, data-driven transportation planning and transit operation, and influence of transportation infrastructure and physical environments on human behaviors and well-being. Laws' research considers the intersection of transportation planning and the effects of autonomous vehicles on regional economies while Halpern hopes to research transportation policy, planning and engineering, megaproject management, bus rapid transit systems, travel demand modeling, and equity and displacement modeling.
The fellowship advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation's brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry. Winners receive a financial award and are invited to attend the annual Transportation Research Board meeting, held January 13-17, 2019 this year.