PSU Masters Student Cameron Bennett Receives Second Eisenhower Fellowship
We are proud to acknowledge Portland State University engineering masters student Cameron Bennett, who has been awarded a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship for the second year in a row. Bennett, who won his first Eisenhower Fellowship last year, will receive another presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation at this year's annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is also being honored as the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) Masters Student of the Year.
During his master's program, Cameron has served two terms as President of the Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter at Portland State, ITE-STEP (Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning). In 2022, the student group won the ITE Student Chapter Momentum Award. He has also received a National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) scholarship and a 2021 Walter H. Kramer Fellowship.
"I am very grateful to the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program for providing a second year of support while I work towards a Masters degree. The funding has made it possible for my fiancée and myself to live in Portland as full time students, and has provided flexibility on graduate research assistantship project work through tuition support," Cameron said.
In the coming year, Cameron will be working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) on evaluating newly-installed Advisory Bike Lanes (ABLs). He will be helping with data evaluation as the Bureau assesses the treatment as part of the FHWA Request to Experiment process, and determines whether ABLs should become part of Portland's standard toolkit for urban bikeway development.
Cameron's primary research focus is on facilitating the use of active transportation, and promoting mode shift away from single-occupancy vehicles. Working with TREC's Sustainable Transportation Program Manager, John MacArthur, he helped to develop an online tool to track e-bike incentive programs in North America. He presented a poster on this work at last year's TRB annual meeting: How E-Bike Incentive Programs Are Used to Expand the Market (PDF).
At this year's TRB annual meeting, Cameron will be presenting a poster on e-bike incentive programs in Poster Session 3096, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Poster (Session 2), on Tuesday, January 10. His presentation will include an update of the policy scan, an overview of the white paper content, and a short preview of the findings from a recent stated preference survey aimed at identifying the "tipping point" where an incentive successfully induces someone to buy an ebike.
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.
See other past PSU recipients of various transportation scholarships on our scholars page.
Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) is home to the U.S. DOT funded National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), PORTAL, BikePed Portal and other transportation grants and programs. We produce impactful research and tools for transportation decision makers, expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engage students and professionals through education and participation in research.