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June 7, 2005

Seppelt Receives Eisenhower Fellowship

Bobbie Seppelt of Springfield, Ill., a University of Iowa graduate student working under the direction of John D. Lee, associate professor of industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering and researcher at the UI Center for Computer-Aided Design (CCAD), has received a Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Transportation Fellowship. The fellowship, which includes a monthly stipend of $1,700 for master's students and $2,000 for doctoral students plus tuition and travel allowance, will be matched by funds from CCAD.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National Highway Institute, Arlington, Va., the fellowship is an opportunity for students to conduct research related to transportation at a DOT facility. Fellowships for master's degree candidates are for up to two years and for doctoral candidates are for up to three years. Awards range from 3 to 12 months in duration.

Seppelt, who is pursuing a doctoral degree, plans to continue her study of how to match the cognitive and perceptual capabilities of drivers to engineering design solutions for in-vehicle situations. Her research focuses on how to make increasingly complex automobile technology compatible with drivers' capabilities and preferences. Specifically, her research concerns how to help drivers use adaptive cruise control more appropriately.

Lee, also a human factors researcher in the UI Public Policy Center, is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of driver distraction.

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