Five Students Earn Eisenhower Fellowships

October 20, 2023

Congratulations to the five UC Berkeley ITS affiliated students who received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) fellowships for the coming year.

“ITS Berkeley continues a long tradition of producing strong fellowship award winners who have greatly contributed to the transportation and planning fields,” says ITS Berkeley Director Daniel Rodriguez. “It is especially exciting to see some of our students and their research earning awards over multiple years.”

Winners include: doctoral student Mohamed Amine Bouzaghrane, advised by Civil Environmental and Engineering (CEE) professor Joan Walker; master of science student Avikam Chauhan, advised by Electrical Engineering and Computer Science professor Alexandre Bayen; doctoral student Dawson Do, advised by CEE professor Maria Laura Delle Monache; doctoral student Aqshems Nichols, advised by CEE professors Walker and Susan Shaheen; Yuneil Yeo, advised by Delle Monache.

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 2024 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, held in person Jan. 7–11, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Winners and their research interests include:

Mohamed Amine Bouzaghrane

Research Interests: Behavioral modeling, causal inference, and machine learning

Avikam Chauhan

Research interests: Machine learning for connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs)

Dawson Do

Research interests: Traffic Modeling, Signal Control, Transit

Aqshems Nichols

Research Interests: transportation altruism, public transit regeneration, and community engagement methods

Yuneil Yeo

Advanced infrastructure systems, travel patterns, smart cities