CEIE Grad Student Wins Federal Fellowship

Omar ElkassedOmar Elkassed, a graduate student in civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, has received a 2007 Dwight D. Eisenhower Grant for Research Fellowship awarded under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Professional and Corporate Development.

During his one-year fellowship, Elkassed will be working on a project to gather and analyze information on transportation education programs and develop materials in support of the FHWA workforce development programs. One key element of this project is to assist the Office of Professional and Corporate Development in its efforts to strengthen partnerships with educational institutions. Disciplines involved are engineering, transportation, public administration, public policy, education, economics and law.

The purpose of the grant is to attract qualified students to transportation research, education, development and technology transfer activities and provide them the opportunity to conduct original research and publish on important transportation projects at U.S. Department of Transportation facilities.