Neal Hawkins holds his Professional of the Year award.
Professional of the Year
Neal Hawkins, associate director of traffic operations, won the 2007 Missouri Valley Section Institute of Transportation Engineers Melvin B. Meyer Transportation Professional of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to transportation engineering.
Best Paper Award
Brent Phares, associate director for bridges and structures, co-authored “Accelerated Construction and Innovations: The 24th Street Bridge,” which was named best paper at the 2008 FHWA Accelerated Bridge Construction: Highway For Life Conference. Several Bridge Engineering Center (BEC) staff members are involved in this ongoing project.
The paper described the innovative approach to a bridge reconstruction in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The primary BEC role is to provide evaluation of accelerated bridge construction technologies implemented on the 24th Street bridge through laboratory and field testing.
Nadia Gkritza, transportation engineer, has been selected to be the recipient of the 2007 Wootan Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Policy and Planning by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).
The award presentation will be made at the CUTC Annual Dinner on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Annual TRB meeting in Washington, DC.
Engineering Institute Director
Ed Jaselskis, CTRE researcher, was the first director of the Engineering Policy and Leadership Institute in the College of Engineering. The goal for the institute is to help engineering students and faculty learn more about current legislative policies and understand how their expertise can help inform and shape public opinion.
Webmaster Earns MFA
Michele Regenold, webmaster and editor, received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in January 2008. She wrote Smells Like Money, a young adult mystery set in rural Iowa.