Li Awarded Wadell Endowed Fellowship

April 27, 2022

Ang LiCongratulations to Transportation Engineering doctoral student Ang Li, who is this year's recipient of the Robert P. Wadell Endowed Fellowship for Civil Engineering Innovation

'It’s my great honor to receive the Wadell fellowship from the distinguished Berkeley Alumnus Dr. Robert Wadell. I felt very grateful to my PhD advisor Mark Hansen for introducing me to the field of air transportation and guiding me on research of emerging urban air mobility,” says Li. “With the support of the Wadell fellowship, I will continue making innovations in developing traffic management methods for urban air mobility systems. There are a lot of opportunities to make contributions toward a safer, efficient, and sustainable urban air transportation system.”

Li’s research focus is on traffic management and resource allocation for UAV- based parcel delivery in low altitude urban airspace, and multimodal strategies for mitigating congestion from urban parcel delivery. Her technical background lies in areas of operations research and machine learning.

"Ang has developed several path-breaking approaches to managing congestion for both legacy aviation and drones operating in dense urban areas," says advisor Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Hansen.

Robert Wadell is a distinguished and remarkably dedicated alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his B.S. in 1967 and M.S. in 1968 in Civil Engineering; his graduate work centered on planning and design through the Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering (now the Institute of Transportation Studies, ITS), under the supervision of Professor Robert Horonjeff, a national leader in airport design. Five years after graduation, Mr. Wadell founded Wadell Engineering Corporation, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting firm, where he is President and CEO. He established the Robert P. Wadell Endowed Fellowship for Civil Engineering Innovation in 2017.

“My goal is to foster innovation in both research and the practice of civil engineering,” said Wadell. “These doctoral students will be the future innovators and leaders in their fields.”

The Fellowship is used to provide endowed support for high-achieving doctoral students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. It is the donor’s first preference that recipients be students studying transportation and systems (particularly air transportation).