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Transportation Engineering Master's Student Receives Prestigious Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

By Matilyn Mortensen |

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering master's student Joshua Ward received an Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship this year.

Earlier this year at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering master’s student Joshua Ward received an Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship.

Award amounts for the fellowship vary. Ward will receive $31,500 from the Federal Highway Administration, which will provide him a full year of funding to do transportation research. This prestigious award is only given to a select number of students from U.S. universities each year.

“I’ve always had a goal to get a master’s degree,” Ward said. “And this fellowship has really helped make that possible.”

Ward is slated to complete his thesis later this year. His fellowship funding will support his thesis research, and he will submit a copy of his final project report to the Federal Highway Administration.

Currently, he is working on two projects with the ASPIRE Engineering Research Center on campus — one looking at the electrification of transportation networking services like Uber or Lyft and one looking at electric vehicle owners and recreational road trips. He is still finalizing his thesis topic, which will build on this research.

“This fellowship is a great opportunity to showcase a lot of the work that is going on at ASPIRE and at USU as well,” Ward said. “It’s a very great thing for our program.”


Matilyn Mortensen
Public Relations Specialist
College of Engineering


Josh Ward
Concurrent BS/MS Program, Civil Engineering
College of Engineering


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