July 2015: Two RailTEC Ph.D. students, Alexander Lovett and Samantha Chadwick, have received Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowships. This fellowship is awarded to students pursuing degrees in transportation related disciplines in an effort to attract qualified students to the field of transportation and research, and advance transportation workforce development. Alexander is currently working on a joint M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on determining the various costs of railroad track maintenance including the direct costs associated with maintenance as well as how maintenance affects train operations. Sam’s research is focused on improving safety at highway-rail grade crossings by minimizing the risk of train derailments, specifically through development of a statistical model identifying high derailment risk crossings.