University of Vermont

UVM TRC 2012 Student of the Year

Tyler FarallioTyler Feralio, a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences has been selected as the 2012 Outstanding Student of the Year by the UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC).  This recognition is part of the USDOT Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) program to highlight the work and accomplishments of students in the Transportation field. 

Feralio received BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and 2005 respectively.  Originally from Abington, Pennsylvania, he worked at Honda Research and Development as a design engineer, and then for a small company designing aftermarket suspensions for all terrain vehicles.  In 2009 he enrolled at UVM to focus more on environmentally conscious endeavors. 

“I am particularly grateful to have received support from  the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Signature Project 2, entitled, “Emissions and Performance of Alternative Vehicles in Northern Climates” provided through UVM TRC, and to the UTC Graduate Scholar Research Assistantship,” said Tyler Feralio. “Support from members of the Holmén Research Group for my research, has also been great!”

“Tyler’s persistence and initiative has been critical to the development of our biodiesel research program,” said Dr. Britt Holmén, head of the Holmén Research Group.  “His hands-on mechanical skills, organizational abilities, ability to quickly master new concepts combined with enthusiasm and dedication has resulted in significant development of our unique light-duty diesel particulate emissions sampling apparatus in the Transportation Air Quality laboratory (TAQLab).”

Feralio will be included in the national annual recognition ceremony to be held during the TRB Annual Meeting at the annual banquet of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 6 pm.

Feralio was recognized with a unanimous committee decision from a field of very qualified candidates for the combination of his outstanding academic record, the quality and importance of his research initiatives, his interdisciplinary interests and initiatives, his contributions and support toward fellow students and researchers, and his leadership and initiative in the TAQ lab.   His preliminary results on particle number emissions from the CM-12 engine operating on biodiesel fuels have been presented locally and at national conferences and will be submitted soon to Elsevier.

“Tyler Feralio’s dissertation entitled, “Prediction of Transient Diesel and Biodiesel Particulate Emissions through the use of an Artificial Neural Network,” will make a significant contribution to the literature,” said Glenn McRae, the TRC Graduate Program Coordinator.

The recognition carries with it a $1,000 award plus the cost of attendance (conference registration, and travel/lodging expenses) to the 2013 TRB Annual Meeting and two free registrations to the CUTC Banquet courtesy of USDOT. 

For more information on the UVM TRC and this award contact: Phone: 802-656-1317 Web: