Civil engineering grad student receives NRC Research Associates Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Kun-Feng (Ken) Wu, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, received the Research Associates Award from the National Research Council (NRC).

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government. This is done through graduate, postdoctoral and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. The fellowship enables the applicants to choose a research project or projects from a list of opportunities. Mutual interest then leads to the collaboration of a project and research.

Wu's research consists of a study called the second Strategic Highway Research Program . This addresses four strategic focus areas: the role of human behavior in highway safety; rapid renewal of aging highway infrastructure; congestion reduction through improved travel time reliability; and transportation planning that better integrates community. The project is administered by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies under Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials.

Wu graduated with a bachelor of arts in transportation and communication management science from National Chen Kung University in 2003. He then went on to get his master of arts in economics from National Taiwan University in 2005.

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Last Updated September 18, 2012