Research Assistant Sam Patterson is Named a New Rhodes Scholar
Sam Patterson, a senior at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) who is a research assistant on the NBER's Transportation Economics in the 21st Century project, was selected in December as one of 32 new Rhodes Scholars from the United States. He will spend the next two years studying in Oxford, England. A native of Georgia, Patterson will receive BS degrees in mathematics and statistics and a BA in economics this spring from UMBC, where he is a Meyerhoff Scholar. His research at NBER has used data collected by ride-sharing companies to study determinants of the roughness of urban roads. This project is directed by NBER researchers Edward Glaeser and Gabriel Kreindler of Harvard University and is part of a larger research initiative supported by the US Department of Transportation. Patterson plans to continue his study of transportation economics as a masters student at Oxford, and then to return to the US to pursue a PhD in Economics.