Undergrads Karissa Collins, Huan Ying Zhang earn Eisenhower fellowships

Karissa Collins and Huan Ying Zhang, undergraduates in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, are recipients of 2021 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The awards total $18,500. 

The program’s mission is to attract qualified students to the field of transportation and research, and advance transportation workforce development. Fellows also participate in the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, to be held virtually in January 2021.
Collins and Zhang are both seniors majoring in civil engineering.      

A Harlem resident since enrolling at CCNY in 2017, Collins is pursuing civil engineering with a multidisciplinary specialization. That includes taking classes in both structures and transportation.   

Her Eisenhower Fellowship award is for $10,000 and it will support her research project analyzing collisions involving cyclists in New York City. “I am looking at where these collisions occur most frequently, in terms of bike path type, the land-use characteristics, proximity to subways or bus stops, etc.,” said Collins. 

Zhang’s award is for $8,500. Her research will focus on the impact of COVID-19 in analyzing three different neighborhoods in New York in terms of demographic, work, and transportation profile through spatial analysis methods. The study will provide insight on the effects of transport policies on different classes. The results will highlight the deficiencies in the current transportation system from different class levels.

Born in the U.S., the Queens resident spent her early childhood in Wenzhou, China, before returning to the United States. Zhang is specializing in transportation in her civil engineering degree. 

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