11 ITS Students Earn Eisenhower Awards

November 6, 2019

2019 Eisenhower Class

ITS Berkeley is excited to announce 11 UC Berkeley students have received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) fellowships for the coming year.

“This is really exciting to see 11 ITS Berkeley students earning Eisenhower fellowships and the broadness of topics that they are covering,” says ITS Berkeley Director Alexandre Bayen. “It is especially heartening to see some of our students and their research earning awards for a second year.”

Winners include City and Regional Planning doctoral students Abby Cochran and Marcel Moran, advised by Dan Chatman; Master of City Planning student Ryan Laws, advised by Karen Trapenberg Frick; Transportation Engineering master student Alexandra Pan advised by Susan Shaheen; Stephen Wong and Teddy Forscher, advised by Joan Walker and Susan Shaheen; Shannon McCarthy and City and Regional Planning doctoral student Chester Harvey, advised by Daniel Rodriquez; City and Regional Planning doctoral student Madeleine Parker, advised by Karen Chapple; City and Regional Planning doctoral student Pavan Yedavalli, advised by Paul Waddell; and Jessica Lazarus, advised by Shaheen and Bayen.

The Eisenhower Fellowship is a competitive program administered by the Federal Highway Administration for the Department of Transportation. The fellowships are awarded to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines and aim to advance 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. The awards are merit-based and generally result in 150-200 grants annually, subject to the availability of funds.

The program also supports Fellows to participate in the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, held January 12-16, 2020 this year.

Winners and their esearch interests include:

Abby Cochran

Urban governance, data science, technology, international planning, and transportation

Teddy Forscher

Investigating the effects of road and area pricing strategies on goods movement in urban areas, with particular interest in the emergence of shared-use platforms for first- and last-mile movements

Chester Harvey

Urban design, street spaces, active transportation, spatial cognition, geodata

Ryan Laws

Transportation planning and the effects of autonomous vehicles on regional economies

Jessica Lazarus

Development of innovative shared-mobility services and their effects on the proliferation of multi-modal transportation in urban settings

Shannon McCarthy

Transportation systems and public spaces as they relate to equitable access, public health, user behavior, and sustainability; and multimodal planning, active design, green space, public mental health, displacement/gentrification, affordable housing, participatory planning, and community-led development

Marcel Moran

Research interests: Mobility; the interaction between cities and new technologies such as self-driving cars (automated vehicles), ride-hailing (TNCs), and bikeshare, among others; and equity of mobility provision and access across cities and regions

Alexandra Pan

Shared mobility and travel behavior

Madeleine Parker

Climate change adaptation, resilience planning, affordable housing, transportation equity, urban mobility, spatial inequality, participatory mapping, data science, spatial analysis

Stephen Wong

Transportation and emergency management and policy for disasters, evacuation choice behavior and planning, sharing economy partnerships during emergencies, and transportation resilience

Pavan Yedavalli

Smart cities, urban mobility, wireless IoT systems and drones in cities, urban data science and informatics, intelligent transportation systems, urban mapping, and travel behavior