Eisenhower Fellowships Awarded to Four Portland State University Students

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Four Portland State University graduate students received Eisenhower Fellowships presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation at this year's annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB): David R. Soto Padín, Travis Glick, Gregory Norton and Jael Wettach-Glosser are all civil engineering students in the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science at Portland State University.

David Soto Padín, current President of Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP) at PSU, presented his research in a poster, "Bikeshare + Transit Integration: Best Practices for Increasing Ridership (PDF)," during TRB's Eisenhower Fellowship poster session. He will be working on researching bike share as a "last mile" mode choice for rail rapid transit in the American context. He also presented research on bicyclist positioning behavior at signalized intersections along with Oliver Smith and Peter Koonce of the City of Portland, Oregon.

Travis Glick also presented a poster in the Eisenhower session, titled "Before and After Evaluation of Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Using High-Resolution Transit Data (PDF)." Additionally, Glick presented research on using high-resolution GPS bus transit data to study the effect of route and roadway changes with Dr. Miguel Figliozzi of Portland State.

Gregory Norton presented "Informing the Transportation Impacts of Affordable Housing with Trip Generation Analysis Using Travel Survey Data" in a poster session along with Amanda Howell and Kelly Clifton of Portland State University and Kristina Currans of the University of Arizona. The goal of his research is to improve the understanding of how land use developments impact the transportation facilities, by refining the sensitivity of these methods to different contexts.

Jael Wettach-Glosser is currently working with Dr. Kelly Clifton on Multimodal Trip Generation, Vehicle Ownership and Use. Their research characterizes the travel patterns of residents of multifamily housing to address the lack of information about the multimodal transportation impacts of new development. He is also working on an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) funded research project to develop a model to study the relationship between concrete bridge deck performance and available data elements.

The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program advances 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.

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