Mavericks awarded respected transportation fellowships

63 UTA students have earned Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships since 2017

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 • Brian Lopez : contact

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Eight students in the colleges of Engineering, Business and Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington have received coveted Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Since 2017, 63 UTA students have earned this fellowship, worth a total of $325,000, to advance change in the transportation industry.

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“I am excited about this new group of Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship students and the continuation of what has been a very successful partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Laureano Hoyos, a professor of civil engineering who manages the fellowship program at UTA.

The UTA recipients are:

  • engineering students Taryn DiLorenzo, Eder Fuabuna, Carolline Graciano, Swastik Khadka and David Reynoso
  • business students Yilun Lu and Oyinkansola Sodiya
  • architecture, planning and public affairs student Ariana Grant

Reynoso was awarded $10,000; DiLorenzo, $8,500; Grant, $7,000; Khadka, $5,500; Lu, $4,000; and Graciano and Sodiya, $3,500. Awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 and are used toward tuition and travel to the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.

The mission of the program is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation, advance transportation workforce development and retain top talent in the industry. Fellowships are merit-based, and a total of 150-200 are generally distributed nationwide each year.

Hoyos and the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions and Dollars, or CTEDD, administer the program at UTA. CTEDD is a USDOT (Tier-1) University Transportation Center.

Recipients of the Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship have pushed for innovative change in areas such as highway, aviation and maritime infrastructure, and have pursued careers in academia, private industry and public service.

- Written by Jeremy Agor, College of Engineering