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Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program

Updated: December 11, 2018

The University of New Mexico Announces Fellowship Awards for Seven Graduate Students in Transportation

Albuquerque— December 5, 2018 — Today, the University of New Mexico announced that seven graduate students in three different departments have been awarded prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The awardees include Brittany Antonczak (Civil Engineering), Alexis Corning Padilla (Civil Engineering), Ryan Dow (Civil Engineering), Michael Hensley (Economics), Kristal Metro (Civil Engineering), Stephen Montaño (Civil Engineering), and David Vazquez (Public Administration).


The total award amount is $42,500 (or an average of $6,071 per student).  The fellowships will provide funding for the students to conduct research in transportation and attend the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.


“We are extremely pleased that so many of our students received support from this prestigious fellowship program.  These are the first UNM students ever to receive this funding.  Their success is an indication of the increasingly important role that our institution is playing in transportation research and in training transportation professionals to address the mobility challenges of the mid-21st century."


A Multimodal and Interdisciplinary Mission


The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. The program is managed by Technology Partnership Program of the Federal Highway Administration and encompasses all modes of transportation (cars, public transportation, pedestrians, trucks, railroads, airlines, etc.).  Students who apply must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher education; be pursuing a degree in a full-time program in a transportation-related discipline; have at least one full academic year remaining in program of study; conduct ongoing research in one or more transportation-related disciplines; and plan to enter the transportation profession after completing their higher-level education. 


The UNM Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering administered a local competition for the fellowship for the first time this year.  The competition was open to students from most UNM departments.  UNM is the premier research and training institution in New Mexico for urban and rural transportation.  We are dedicated to creating sustainable transportation systems, supporting our communities, and training the next generation of transportation professionals.


For more information (press only):


Claude Morelli, UNM Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering

Office:  505.277.1271