University of Vermont

UVM Transportation Researcher Honored at Washington DC Ceremony

Tyler FeralioTyler Feralio, a PhD student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, the UVM University Transportation Center Student of the Year, was honored with fellow recipients from around the country at the recent meetings of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and the US Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in Washington, DC.  His research entitled, "Prediction of Transient Diesel and Biodiesel Particulate Emissions through the use of an Artificial Neural Network,” received special recognition from the UVM Transportation Research Center in addition to his other accomplishments in research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership.

“Being recognized with this award is truly an unexpected honor,” says Tyler Feralio.

“This recognition is truly warranted,” says Dr. Britt Holmén, associate professor in the School of Engineering and Tyler’s advisor.  “Tyler's research project has resulted in the very significant development of our unique light-duty diesel particulate emissions sampling apparatus in the Transportation Air Quality (TAQ) Lab that will be a valuable resource to future UVM students studying vehicle emissions and their control .”  

Each year the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) brings these students together to showcase major achievements and excellence in research and the promise for future contributions to the field. This year Tyler was one of 43 students from around the country to be acknowledged at this event.

“We are truly excited that a student of Tyler’s caliber was able to represent UVM in this national forum,” says Austin Troy, Director, Transportation Research Center (TRC). 

“This award draws attention to young impressive researchers within our College,” says Bernard “Chip” Cole, Interim Dean of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

CUTC was established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.  CUTC provides a forum for the Universities and Centers to interact collectively with government and industry.  For more information:

RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.  RITA brings together important data, research and technology transfer assets of the Department of Transportation.  RITA also provides strategic direction and oversight of DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Program. For more information on RITA visit:

The UVM TRC was created in 2006 with University Transportation Center (UTC) funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The TRC’s research, education and outreach efforts focus on mobility, sustainability and livability.   

For more information on the UVM TRC contact:
Phone: 802-656-1317

For more information on this award contact:  Tyler Feralio <>