COVES Fellow Profile

Carreen de Cárdenas

  • Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Carreen de Cárdenas received a B.S. in Mathematical Economics from the University of Richmond in 2018 and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Virginia. She further explored her interest in transportation and the built environment while working locally at Charlottesville planning organizations and internationally in Germany, New Zealand, and Ireland. As a member of the Omni-Reality and Cognition Lab (ORCL), her research relates to sustainable transportation, vulnerable road user safety, and travel behavior and perception. Carreen is a UVA SEAS Dean’s Scholar Fellow and a GAANN fellow. She serves on the executive boards of the Institute of Transportation Engineers UVA student chapter and the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, and is involved with multiple local planning committees. She is excited to serve as a COVES Fellow to experience first hand how state-level policies, based on strong scientific evidence, can translate scientific advancements into tangible benefits for our communities and ensure more sustainable and equitable cities.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Mathematical Economics, University of Richmond