Meet the 2016 STRIDE Summer Interns


The new interns for summer 2016 have been selected and will begin their program on May 19. STRIDE interns have a unique opportunity to do their internship at any of the universities within the STRIDE consortium (see map). During this paid internship, students are paired up with a faculty adviser and work on active research projects.  The program ends in late July, and students are responsible for delivering a final report and giving final presentations related to project they worked on. Read about this summer’s interns, who they are and the research projects they will be working on.

Fernando Dahbura, Florida International University 

Bio: Fernando was born in Miami, Fla., and currently attends Florida International University. He is working on his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Fernando likes to spend his free time working on cars with his friends. He looks forward to the internship program because he finds transportation to be a very interesting subject. Fernando is "Eager to dive deep into the sector."

Advisers: Dr. Albert Gan, Professor, Civil Engineering, Florida International University and Dr. Priyanka Alluri, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

Project Title: Analysis of Bicycle High Crash Locations

Alex Dixon, Arizona State University 

Bio: Alex is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. He is currently studying landscape architecture with a minor in recreation management at Arizona State University. Alex has worked for the City of Phoenix’s Street Transportation Department as a planning intern and has had the opportunity of helping his supervisor plan and facilitate a bike tour for the APA conference held in Phoenix in April 2016. Alex is scheduled to graduate in fall 2016 and has applied to attend the University of Florida this spring where he will pursue a master’s degree in transportation planning.  He looks forward to implementing better multimodal transportation systems in developing cities. His hobbies include growing plants, longboarding and bicycling.  "I’ve wanted to attend the University of Florida since I was six, and even though I am still waiting to see if I’ve been accepted to attend graduate school there, I feel that I am one step closer to achieving that goal," he said.

Adviser: Dr. Ruth Steiner, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida 

Project Title: TBA

Matthew Elias, University of Florida 

Bio: Matthew is from Delray Beach, Fla. He is a 3rd year mathematics and industrial and systems engineering dual degree candidate at UF. He is the head of the Mechanical Design for Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP) student group, designing and producing 3D printable prosthetics for children born with upper limb differences. Matthew also a member of the Gator Salsa Club and UF Orange & Blue Archery Club. Matthew says, "I am excited to start work on my life dream of transportation optimization."

Adviser: Dr. Mehrdad Shahabi, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, UF Civil Engineering

Project Title: Exploratory Data Analysisi of Taxi Trips

Taehyun Kim, University of Florida

Bio: Taehyun was born in South Korea, but grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He has lived in the U.S. for 10 years. He is currently attending UF as a computer science major with mathematics minor. He likes to code and regularly attends the UF Programming Team meetings. Taehyun says, "I’m excited for this upcoming internship, and I hope I can learn as much as I can about transportations through various projects I’ll be working on."

Adviser: Dr. Scott Washburn, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Florida 

Project Titles: 1) 
Two-lane Highway Analysis (NCHRP 17-65) and 2) Commercial Truck Parking Detection Technology (FDOT)

Daniel Royer. Unviersity of Florida

Bio: Daniel is orignially from Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He is a junior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math.  Daniel Likes to sail and is in the Saliing Club at UF. He is also on the Gatorloop Team, which is designing and building a pod for the Space X Hyper Loop competition, and is also an automotive enthusiast. 

Adviser: Sarah O'Brien, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager, Institute for Transportation Research & Education (ITRE), North Carolina State University

Project Title:  Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection