Alum Wins Grant to Study How Autonomous Vehicles Might Aid Vulnerable Populations

Eliezer Pearl '18 and a team of student researchers are off to Japan this summer to research how the elderly and disabled react to autonomous vehicles during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. When asked how Gann Academy helped him prepare for such a project, Pearl commented: "At Gann, I learned critical thinking skills and many ways to approach issues."

Pearl is a recipient of the prestigious President's Award for Global Learning at the University of Texas at Austin. His team is one of five that were selected, after a competitive vetting process, to pursue projects relating to international research, social impact and entrepreneurship in regions throughout the world. The team will receive a stipend of $25,000 toward project implementation costs, as well as additional travel and academic financial support.

"The 2019 winners of the President's Award for Global Learning presented innovative projects that reflect our students' engagement with a range of significant international issues," University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves said. "This summer, they will travel to nations across the world to conduct interdisciplinary research and partner with communities to undertake their projects."

There were 24 proposals submitted from teams representing 11 disciplines. Eleven finalist teams were selected by the school and participated in a pitch competition. From the 11 finalist teams, five winning teams were selected.

Read more about the President's Award for Global Learning and the recipient projects on the UT-Austin website.
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