The United States is preparing to revise its transportation infrastructure – but it needs more highly-educated civil engineers to make it happen.
To help fill the gap, Rowan University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Advanced Engineering Education (ExEEd) and the Center for Advanced Transport Engineering Systems Research and Training (CREATES) are recruiting a diverse pool of 13 civil engineering PhD fellows. The program is supported by Rowan University and a $ 1,516,980 grant from the Department of Education’s 2021 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Ph.D. Community program.
Rowan’s Graduate Opportunities in Safe Transportation and Resilient Systems (GOSTARS) GAANN Fellowship program offers PhD students advanced specializations in three critical areas of transportation engineering: infrastructure rehabilitation, traffic congestion reduction, and passenger safety. Two of the 13 Ph.D. PhD students will focus on engineering education research and inform the structure of transportation engineering education across the country.
“The United States is facing a shortage of technically proficient, diverse civil engineers,” said CREATES Director Yusuf Mehta, Ph.D., a professor of civil and environmental engineering in Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. “Our graduate program is unique in that it not only emphasizes providing a strong technical foundation, but also focuses on the skills and knowledge required to enter the workforce, whether in academia or professional practice. “
Since its inception in 2015, CREATES has attracted nearly $ 33 million in funding from various federal and state agencies. It is the only academic institution in the Northeastern region of the United States with facilities to perform state-of-the-art accelerated pavement tests, including a Heavy Vehicle Simulator that simulates 20 years of traffic in a matter of months.
“Our graduates will be excellent role models for the future generation of transportation engineers,” Mehta added. “They will be able to offer creative and innovative solutions to meet much-needed infrastructure repair and maintenance, as well as the development of a wide range of infrastructure projects to meet the needs of a growing population.”
Directed by Mehta and co-directed by Dr. Kauser Jahan, Head of Rowan’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, offers the program practical and computational research experience in transportation engineering, along with modern courses and training, teaching experience, exposure to professional practitioners, and opportunities to mentor undergraduate and K-12 students.
Doctoral fellows will themselves be supervised by a diverse group of Rowan engineering faculty along with an external professional advisory committee representing the transportation infrastructure industry.
The program is open to U.S. citizens and residents and seeks to recruit a diverse group of graduate students, including women, under-represented minorities, and students from historically underserved groups. Doctoral fellows will attend special seminars on systemic gender and racial inequalities, including curricula, effective teaching, ethics, and public policy. Each of them must complete a Diversity Equity Inclusivity Certificate as part of the program.
“Transport infrastructure sustains our nation’s economy,” said Dr. Giuseppe R. Palmese, Dean of Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. “Rowan University is uniquely positioned to help the nation meet its need for highly educated and innovative civil engineers. I’m glad we can provide talented doctoral students with these important community opportunities.”
For information about the program, visit go.rowan.edu/gostars. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com