The Transportation Research Board this year named 21 students from 14 schools its TRB Minority Student Fellows as part of its work promoting minority participation in transportation. The 9-year-old program provides funding for students from select historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions to attend TRB’s annual meeting and present their research papers.
Arndreya Howard, a master’s student at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, was named a minority fellow for her work on the study Emission Analysis of Renewable Diesel and Ethanol-Diesel for Freight Trucks that analyzed whether alternative fuels such as ultra-low sulfur diesel, renewable diesel and ethanol-diesel reduced exhaust emissions.
Working with her adviser, Professor Raghava Kommalapat, Howard found that renewable diesel provided an 81%, 98%, 75% and 12% decrease in carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions, respectively, compared to ethanol-diesel.
The study concluded that “renewable diesel has the potential to be used as a more environmentally safe alternative fuel compared to ultra-low-sulfur and ethanol-diesel when considering the impact these fuel emissions have on the environment.”
Howard will graduate this May and plans to work in air-quality measurement and policy in the transportation industry or the government.