Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

(WASHINGTON) – Five students, four leaders in transportation academia and one long-time transportation industry advocate from both the public and private sector will be honored by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) for outstanding contributions to transportation research and education at a Jan. 12 awards banquet in the Nation’s Capital.

Nuria Fernandez, CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, is the 2018 winner of the CUTC Lifetime Achievement Award for Transportation Professional and Public Service.

The CUTC-HNTB Lifetime Achievement Award for University Transportation Education and Research honors Dr. Joseph Schofer of Northwestern University.

Other honorees include:

  • CUTC Workforce Development and Technology Transfer Leadership Award: Given annually to as many as two institutions that demonstrate outstanding leadership in designing and delivering workforce development and technology transfer programs. This is the first year for this award category: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • CUTC-Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award: Presented to tenure-track educators in recognition of outstanding teaching and research contributions: Miguel Jaller, professor at the University of California, Davis
  • CUTC-ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award: Honors individuals in a staff or non-tenure-track faculty position who have made outstanding administrative leadership contributions to the field of transportation: Lisa Macias, University of Texas at Austin
  • Milton Pikarsky Memorial 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: Pragun Vinayak, University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Cathy Wu, University of California, Berkeley
  • Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award: Given annually to two graduate students in the transportation field for the best doctoral dissertation and M.S. thesis with an emphasis on policy and planning: Kyle Sorlie Titlow, University of Arizona and Dr. Anne Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
  • The Neville A. Parker Award: Recognizes the best non-thesis paper in the field of policy and planning in transportation studies: Melissa Sather, University of California, Los Angeles

Over fifty other outstanding students from University Transportation Centers across America will also be honored for their achievements and promise of future contributions to the transportation field.

Deputy Secretary, Office of the U.S. Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Jeff Rosen, will deliver the evening’s keynote address.

Established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States, CUTC provides a forum for 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.

Collectively, CUTC members have advanced the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. In doing so, the membership of CUTC has made significant and lasting contributions to the nation’s mobility, economy, and defense.

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