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Engineering graduate students receive $45,000 in transportation fellowships

LAS CRUCES – Nine engineering graduate students from New Mexico State University have received awards totaling $45,000, from the Federal Highway Administration to support their transportation-related research programs. The students received Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships ranging from $10,000 to $2,500.

Their skills are much needed. A White House Fact Sheet on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act states that over the next five years, transportation professionals will be in high demand to utilize the bipartisan investment of $110 billion of new funds for roads, bridges, and major projects. This investment will repair and rebuild, replace and rehabilitate roads and bridges with a focus on climate change mitigation, resilience, equity, and safety for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians. One in 5 miles, or 173,000 total miles, of our highways and major roads and 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. Bridges in poor condition pose heightened challenges in rural communities, which often may rely on a single bridge for the passage of emergency service vehicles.