Ethiopia | Fulbright S&T awardee 2008 | University of California, Irvine | Civil Engineering
Raeed Mohammed, an International Fulbright Science & Technology Award recipient, was motivated by his father, who was an engineer responsible for building roads and other structures that promoted the development of Ethiopia. His father repeatedly told Raeed, “Pay attention to your surroundings.” Raeed listened and noticed that although his native Ethiopia was filled with the personal warmth of his countrymen and a diverse geography, the majority of the population lacked many basic necessities for living healthy and productive lives. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his father by becoming an engineer and set a goal of assisting in the development of his country by addressing issues such as of access and social services.
At the Department of Civil Engineering at Haramaya University, Raeed became interested in transportation and infrastructure, which play a vital role in providing opportunities for farmers and others to bring crops or products to market. In the United States, Raeed is currently working towards his Ph.D. at the Institution of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is investigating a freight transportation scheme that is affordable and applicable to local farmers in developing nations, and is developing a plan to optimize road and rail networks with sufficient supplies and acceptable levels of performance coupled with efficient infrastructure budget allocation. On a related project, he is investigating the supply of urban mass transit in cities of developing countries. If successful and effectively implemented, the projects will move people and goods more efficiently and play a role in the broader poverty reduction efforts of developing nations.