Eisenhower Fellowships to Carly Queen (MCRP + MS/CE class of ’15) and Peter Hylton (PhD class of ’17)
U.S. DOT has awarded Eisenhower Fellowships to two Georgia Tech transportation planners. Graduate students Carly Queen and Peter Hylton were selected as recipients of Dwight Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships, which enable students to pursue master's degrees or doctorates at the school of their choice.
The Eisenhower program strives to attract qualified students to transportation education and research and advance transportation workforce development. Students that apply to this highly competitive program are reviewed by a National Selection Panel that is composed of prominent transportation professionals; funds are awarded to cover tuition costs, travel and research expenses.
Queen’s research focuses on evaluating current, new, and emerging forms of transportation, with particular emphasis on more sustainable transit modes. Her most recent projects include a “Comparative Analysis of Transportation Sustainability in Atlanta and Los Angeles” and “Walkability Influences on Pedestrian Activity and Bus Usage in Atlanta.” She has been involved in sustainability initiatives since her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, during which she founded Students Organizing for Sustainability (SOS). SOS was the first student group to win the Georgia Tech Environmental Leadership Award. Queen is also the founder of the Atlanta Skyway project, which aims to investigate the feasibility of integrating aerial gondola technology as a mass transit option in Atlanta.
Queen is currently working as an intern with URS Cooperation and is enrolled in the dual degree program leading to the Master of City and Regional Planning and the Master of Science with a Major in Civil Engineering. She also works for the GT National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity Management (NCTSPM), and has a Graduate Assistantship in the Georgia Tech Urban Transformation Lab. She has previously worked with the Westside Communities Alliance, ICF International, and the National Wildlife Federation.
Hylton’s current work as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD) and the NCTSPM at Georgia Tech has focused on megaregion transportation planning and analysis, freight modeling, port-related traffic, health impact assessments, and private-sector logistics and supply chains. Hylton is completing requirements for the MCRP while enrolled in the doctoral program. During his master’s program, he examined how transportation infrastructure influences private-sector warehouse and distribution center location. His use of geospatial computation is indicative of his analytical ability and the insight he is able to bring to fairly complex transportation network analysis.
Previously, Hylton received his Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Language from Georgia Tech and graduated with highest honors. In addition to receiving the Eisenhower Fellowship, Hylton is also a Presidential Fellow, which helps defray the cost of his doctoral level studies. He was also selected by the School of City and Regional Planning faculty to receive the Outstanding Service Award for 2014. He has worked as a logistics management specialist for U.S. Army Forces Command, and worked for the Commission for a New Georgia as part of the Governor's Fellowship Program.