Professor Richard J. Porter Awarded 2014 Educator of the Year

The Utah Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) awarded its 2014 Educator of the Year to Professor Richard J. Porter at the ITE Utah Chapter Annual Conference on January 22nd.

The event was held at the Rice Eccles Stadium. There were over 200 transportation professionals from public agencies, consultants, academia, students, and vendors.

Alumni to Host CE Academy Banquet

This year the CE Academy Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 28th at the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City. There will be a social hour from 5:30- 6:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and a presentation starting at 7:00 pm. This banquet will feature keynote speaker, Lane Beattie, who is the president and chief executive officer of the Salt Lake Chamber. Lane is a former state senator and was the President of the Senate during his last term. He is an advocate for state funding for water and transportation infrastructure, an important topic for all engineers. The awards banquet will honor the CE distinguished alumni. The banquet will also celebrate the 2015 graduates and honor the top professors and student research within the Department. Please click here to reserve your ticket or to sponsor the event. For more information visit the CE Academy page.

Civil Student Honored with the Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award

University of Utah civil and environmental engineering student Jeffrey Taylor has devoted four years of research for his master’s thesis on determining how motorists react on the nation’s roads, and he hopes one day he can help reduce the number of crashes by better predicting how drivers react.

His thesis, a methodology for estimating how drivers react to the motorists in front of them, was honored Jan. 10 with this year’s Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award at the annual Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) awards banquet in Washington D.C. Each year, CUTC National Student Awards are given out to four graduate students — two for their master’s theses and two for Ph.D. dissertations — for their accomplishments in transportation research and education. Taylor received a $1,500 award along with a plaque.

“It feels nice to be recognized for the hard work that went into it and acknowledging the support that I received from everyone in the university’s [civil and environmental engineering] program,” said Taylor, referencing his faculty advisors, U civil and environmental engineering professors R.J. Porter and Xuesong Zhou.