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CE-CERT Announces 2017-2018 NCST Fellowship Award Winners

CE-CERT Announces 2017-2018 NCST Fellowship Award Winners

July 11, 2017


The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) is one of five national centers funded by the US Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary for Research and Technology under the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program. NCST brings together six innovative universities with the goal to move the US towards a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation system. CE-CERT is proud to offer the NCST Fellowship Award to qualified graduate students that are engaged in research that addresses sustainable transportation.


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“I see myself in a leadership position at an Air Quality Management District with a focus on renovating the current network and utilizing advanced technology to provide more data to the public in a timely manner.”

Major: Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Air Quality Systems Engineering

Brandon is currently involved in several research projects addressing applications for low-cost air quality sensors. These projects include measuring dust emissions from the fence-line of a waste transfer facility, looking at particulate matter trends at a community level, and community level monitoring and relating the surface particulate matter measurements to satellite aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements. In the future, Brandon would like to research and build meaningful cloud based data platforms for the ingestion and visualization of air quality sensor data with the capability of adding additional data sources to provide insights that may be useful for air quality models and forecasting. 

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“This award will enable me to collect data to provide a better understanding of how vehicles affect human health and local and regional air quality, driving sustainable transportation development.”

Major: Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Focus: Atmospheric Processes

Ayla is conducting both modeling and experimental research on how vehicle exhaust ages and produces secondary particulate matter, including secondary organic aerosols (SOAs), the results of which she plans to add to the EPA’s Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES). Ayla is currently working on setting up a MOVES matrix for the Riverside region, which will feed into many other models and projects. She is looking forward to using her award to collaborate and share her results with more people through conferences, workshops, and other events, enabling her work to have a potentially greater impact on sustainable transportation.

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