Congratulations go out to six CEE transportation engineering students who were recognized this year by the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP).
Candace Brakewood, Felipe Castrillon, Alice Grossman, Greg Macfarlane, Evangelos Palinginis, and Denise Smith received a total of $131,500 in scholarship support from the program, which announced its 2013 recipients this spring.
The DDETFP awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.
Doctoral student Evangelos Palinginis received a 2-year, $69,500 scholarship to continue research focused on the development of video processing algorithms to automatically detect, track, count and analyze pedestrian behavior; indoors and outdoors, by integrating transportation principles, motion tracking elements and optimization. A native of Greece, Palinginis earned a diploma in civil engineering and a master’s in transportation from the National Technical University of Athens. He also holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech.
Connecticut native Candace Brakewood received a 1-year $35,500 scholarship to continue her research quantifying the impact of new information sources - namely, real-time bus and train-tracking information - on rider behavior in public transportation. She has dual masters of science degrees in transportation and in technology policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and she earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Chicago native Alice Grossman received a one-year, $11,000 award to support her graduate work in transportation, an area that combines her interest in science and in urban planning. Her main research focus is on sustainable transportation and the relationship between transportation infrastructure and urban communities.
Receiving $5,000 scholarships to support their attendance at the January 2014 Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference were Denise Smith, Gregory Macfarlane, and Felipe Castrillon.