Council of University Transportation Centers Honors Nine Individuals for Advancing Transportation Research

Three leaders in transportation academia, five students, and one long-time industry advocate were honored January 12 by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) for their outstanding contributions to transportation research and education.

Honorees were recognized during CUTC’s 16th Annual Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C., and awards were presented in these categories:  

The Lifetime Achievement in Transportation Research & Education: Recognizes individuals who have contributed immensely throughout their professional lives to transportation research and education by working in government, business or non-governmental organizations.

John Horsley, executive director, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Washington, D.C. 

Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation and Research: Given to individuals who have had a long history of significant and outstanding contribution to university-level transportation education and research.

Dr. Randy Machemehl, professor of transportation engineering, University of Texas at Austin

CUTC-ARTBA New Faculty Award: Presented to tenure-track educators in recognition of outstanding reaching and research contributions.

Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, assistant professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York 

CUTC-ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award: Honors individuals in a staff position or non-tenure-track faculty position who has contributed outstanding administrative leadership contributions to the transportation field by non-academic appointments.

Stephen Albert, director, Western Transportation Institute - Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana

Milton Pikarsky Award: Presented to two graduate students in the transportation field for the best doctoral dissertation and M.S. thesis with an emphasis on science and technology.

Dr. Saif Eddin Jabari, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Mr. Tarun Rambha, University of Texas at Austin

Charlie V. Wootan Award:is given annually to two graduate students in the transportation field for the best doctoral dissertation and MS thesis with an emphasis on policy and planning.

Dr. Qiang Bai, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana

Ms. Eirini Kastrouni, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa

Neville A. Parker Award: Recognizes the best non-thesis paper in transportation submitted for the M.S. degree in lieu of a thesis, in the areas of policy & planning.

Mr. William Dominie, University of California, Los Angeles

Established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States, CUTC provides a forum for the universities and learning centers to interact collectively with government and industry. CUTC membership represents over 90 of the nation's leading university-based transportation research and education programs.  

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