Peck Named 2014 CMU T-SET UTC Student of the Year
PhD student Dana Peck has received the 2014 CMU T-SET UTC Student of the Year Award in recognition of her accomplishments, scholarship and contributions to transportation technologies.
Currently, Peck is funded by the University Transportation Center to pursue a dual PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy with a focus on vehicle safety and is advised by Professors Scott Matthews and Chris Hendrickson. She is analyzing a large dataset of vehicle safety inspection results and examining failure rates from the state of Pennsylvania in order to evaluate the impact the program has on continued vehicle maintenance. Furthermore, Peck is assessing the effectiveness of vehicle safety inspections nation-wide using the Pennsylvania data and the national crash database, FARS. Her aim is to compare fatal crashes in states with versus those without vehicle safety inspections to determine whether the safety inspection program is effective and worthwhile, both on the state and user levels. In addition to research, Peck also organizes the Green Design Apprenticeship program at CMU, which introduces secondary students in Allegheny County to sustainable engineering.
T-SET is a University Transportation Center that focuses on technologies that will make transportation safer and more efficient and is comprised by well-established transportation experts from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).