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2013-2014 UCTC Fellowship Winners

2013-2014 UCTC Fellowship Winners

July 8, 2013

University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Fellowship Winners, University of California, Riverside

With funding from the University of California Transportation Center, the University of California, Riverside offered four Graduate Fellowships in Transportation. This Graduate Fellowship opportunity is being offered as part of the system-wide University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) program. These graduate fellowships are being offered to encourage and aid graduate students focusing on Transportation Research at UCR.

Proudly announcing the four winners of the 2013-2014 UCTC Graduate Fellowships:


Sam Cao

Tanfeng (Sam) Cao is a 4th year graduate student working for Dr. Kent Johnson and Dr. David Cocker from the Emissions and Fuel Research Group at UC Riverside CE-CERT. Sam specializes in making in-use emissions measurements using Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) and his main research focus is on evaluation of in-use emissions and fuel benefits from hybridization and electrification of both on-road & non-road engines. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from UC San Diego in 2010. Sam was an intern at Emission Analytics, working under a project founded by Chevron and Motor Trend doing in-use fuel economy evaluation of late model light duty vehicles in Summer of 2013, he will also be interning in Cummins Inc. working on tail pipe particle number related research on heavy duty diesel engines in Fall of 2013 and Winter of 2014.  

 Mary Karacab

Mary Kacarab is a Riverside native and completed her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering here at UCR. She's now pursuing her PhD in Dr. Cocker's Atmospheric Processes Laboratory where she studies the effects of temperature on secondary organic aerosol formation and properties. She is very interested in how different temperatures will affect aging vehicle emissions.

 Elliot Staudt

Elliot Staudt is a third year PhD student in the Department of Electrical Engineering, working in Professor Amit Roy-Chowdhury’s Video Computing Group. His research has focused on developing tracking algorithms for stationary and mobile cameras that can be integrated into camera networks. He has contributed to papers that were published in internationally recognized conferences on computer vision. This year he continues to work on developing tracking software that can be applied to fundamental problems in transportation. For the past three summers he has interned at Mayachitra, Incorporated in Santa Barbara, CA which specializes in computer vision research. As an undergraduate student at UCR, Elliot received the 2009-2010, Marlan and Rosemary Bourns Academic Excellence Award and the 2010-2011, Outstanding Achievement Award for the college of Engineering.

 Dan Short

Dan Short has been working in Dr. Akua Asa-Awuku's lab since the fall of 2010. He is a previous recipient of the Space Grant Graduate Fellowship from the California Space Grant Consortium.   Previous research at CE-CERT has been determining the water- insoluble mass fraction of aerosol and black carbon concentrations sampled near roadway on the I-710 freeway in Long Beach, CA. In addition, Dan has studied differences in online black carbon instruments such as the multi-angle absorption photometer, aethelometer, and the photoacoustic extractometer. Currently, he is studying the criteria emissions and particle composition and number of vehicle tail-pipe emissions of various ethanol and iso-butanol blended fuels in emerging vehicle technology.

 Scholarships are now closed for 2013-2014. Please check back Spring '14 quarter for more opportunities.



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