In a few weeks, a newly minted School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. is headed to the United Kingdom for a year-long fellowship.
Stefanie Brodie received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship at the University of Nottingham. She will work with the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre to evaluate the sustainability of current road and railway materials and potentially develop new practices.
“I am interested in continuing my career in research after my Ph.D., and the fellowship has a professional development goal that presents an excellent opportunity to transition from a Ph.D. researcher to a research scientist,” Brodie said. “I am looking forward to further developing my skills in conducting and managing research and building my research catalog.
“I have also harbored an interest in global affairs since my undergraduate studies at University of Maryland, so the fact that I will be working and living abroad was a big draw.”
Brodie successfully defended her dissertation in mid-August. Her research focused on measuring how well transportation systems serve populations equally across a region.
“My doctoral research … developed an approach to incorporate equity concerns into transportation decision making for funding allocations,” Brodie said. “[I] sought to connect equity theory to how equity is evaluated in practice in order to plan for improved transportation for all populations within a metropolitan region.”
Brodie begins her fellowship October 1. She said she plans to pursue a career in policy research after her yearlong appointment in England.