Student Leadership

Joohyun Sarah Cho

Traffic21 Women in Intelligent Transportation Fellow

Joohyun Sarah Cho received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014, where she focused on exploring pragmatic applications of optical systems for telecommunication. Alongside her academic career, Sarah actively participated in the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, IEEE, and the Society of Women Engineers. Before joining Traffic21, Sarah was a Radio Frequency Engineer at a wireless technology integrator company, designing and managing the deployment of Wireless Distribution Systems. Today, Sarah is working toward her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at CMU, and is excited to be the new Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow at Traffic21.

Allanté Whitmore

Mobility21 Diversity Fellow

Allante Whitmore is a Ph.D. Candidate for Civil and Environmental Engineering at CMU. Originally from Detroit, Allante received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, and her Master’s degree in the same field from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to CMU, Allante was a supervisor for the McNair Scholars program in Detroit, where she worked with first generation or underrepresented undergraduate students preparing them for doctoral studies through research. As Mobility21’s first Diversity Fellow, Allante is excited to learn more about connected and automated vehicles, particularly through the lens of public policy. Read more about Allanté’s story.

Erica Collins

Student Researcher

Erica Collins received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Corporate Finance at the University of Texas in 2014. There she focused on Corporate Finance as well as technology.  After graduation, Erica was a Data & Finance Analyst for IBM where she worked on the Global Sales Team’s data architecture. Today, Erica is working toward her Master of Science in Information Systems concentrating in Data Analytics. Erica is grateful to be learning how to take data and business problems and create usable solutions, and is excited to be working this summer for Traffic21. To learn more, please visit:

Hameed Abdul

CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholar (RISS)

Hameed is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Southern Mississippi with an expected graduation date of December 2019. During his time at RISS, he hopes to further refine his ability to do research and communicate with his peers and non-researchers alike. He wants to fully immerse himself in the Robotics Institute environment and learn as much as possible because he feels the collaboration and work being done there is truly fascinating. His research interests include: Computer Vision Applications for Agriculture, Transportation and Resource Management (Pollution, Waste, etc.). During his time at RISS he will be working with Traffic21 researcher Dr. Christoph Mertz on Detecting and Predicting the degradation of City Infrastructure. After graduation, Hameed wishes to pursue his Master’s in South Korea and conduct research on ways that Computer Vision and other forms of artificial intelligence can benefit densely populated societies.


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