CTS Graduate students win Eisenhower Fellowships


Two UVVA Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students have been awarded prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships by the US DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Erin Robartes and Sean Laffey. Erin is a second-year graduate student in Professor Donna Chen’s group. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Sean Laffey is a first-year graduate student in Professor Brian Smith’s group, though he is currently located at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA. He holds a BS from CEE at UVA and has worked at AECOM since graduating in 2012. Per the FHWA, these fellowships, “[advance] the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development. CEE is proud of its students for having won this high honor.