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National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Riverside Announces 6 Awards

National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Riverside Announces 6 Awards

July 27, 2016

Each year the University of California, Riverside, on behalf of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) awards outstanding students for their research in helping move the U.S. towards a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation system. Educating and training the next generation of leaders and experts on transportation is needed, these awards will help enhance existing graduate and workforce development programs. 


2016-2017 Graduate Dissertation Awardees


PatriAbhishek’s research goal is to develop techniques and methods to allow for sustainable conversion of plant biomass to fuels that will directly impact the transportation sector, generating economically and environmentally sustainable sources of liquid fuels. He plans to use his award to expand his work into previously unexplored areas of biomass conversion, such as further converting resulting sugars and side-products into useful value-added chemicals and fuels. Abhishek is a Chemical and Environmental Engineering major with the long-term goal of leading a research group focused on technologies for the production of sustainable fuels and chemicals. He feels the energy industry is a perfect fit for him, as its evolving nature appeals to his love of innovation and discovery.



PhamLiem plans to study emissions more in-depth, with a focus on methods related to quantifying the different types. Once this understanding is developed, Liem will develop new technologies aimed at emissions reduction. His long-term goals include working in industrial research and development. Liem is a Mechanical Engineering major with a research focus on emissions, combustion, and aerosols. He chose this field of study as it represents an opportunity for him to combine his interest in vehicles and his care for the environment.



2016-2017 Graduate Fellowship Awardees

FarazFaraz’s research objectives are to examine the effects of road configurations and urban vegetation on the air quality impact of vehicle related emissions, and to  use this understanding to suggest methods to mitigate the impact of these emissions on urban air quality. His hope is that this work will result in policy recommendations to improve the air quality in the vicinity of major roadways, and to reduce the health costs associated with traffic-produced pollution. As a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Faraz’s goal is to become a pioneering researcher in air pollution modeling, and to conduct research that will help better the community he is living in as well as the environment at large.



BuliJoshua’s research centers on using applied mathematics to address the problems and issues related to traffic dynamics with the end goal of new policy development. As a Mathematics major, one of his specific goals is to execute the type of meaningful and relevant research that will allow him to build his publications library, an important component of establishing himself as a respected subject area expert. In the future, Joshua would like to obtain a research position that would allow him to continue to solve real-world traffic problems through mathematics.




MoralesJoshua plans to focus his research on making major contributions to the sustainable transportation and navigation communities by discovering new and developing existing approaches to the exploration of ambient sources of information, such as radio signals, for navigation purposes. Joshua, an Electrical and Computer Engineering major, would eventually like to obtain a position at a national laboratory conducting navigation-related research. He plans to use his award to attend professional development and industry events in order to build his research and publications portfolio, as well as his professional contact list.




RothPatrick’s research goal is to evaluate the photochemically aged emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicles in order to develop a better understanding of the impact that GDI emissions will have in the atmosphere. He will also investigate how fuel composition (aromatic and ethanol content), and additional after-treatment technologies (gasoline particulate filters) will affect secondary aerosol formation. Key issues that Patrick plans to address are the impacts of vehicles and alternative fuels using newer technologies on atmospheric reactions, and how varying carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide concentrations will affect the SOA potential of vehicles and evaporated fuels. As a Chemical and Environmental Engineering major, Patrick will continue to apply his mathematics, chemistry, and engineering knowledge to real-world sustainable transportation problems.

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