Student of the Year

Student of the Year


Austin Connor, MTIC 2014 Outstanding Student of the Year

Mr. Connor received a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a Master’s of Engineering graduate student and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2014. He is a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. He is currently conducting research to investigate the shear properties of Glass-­‐Fiber-­‐Reinforced-­‐Polymer reinforcement in concrete systems. His focus area is to develop the design methodology using innovative construction materials or sustainable development of transportation infrastructure systems.

Past Winners

 

 


Each year, one Graduate Student of the Year is competitively selected to represent RTI at the Council of University Transportation Centers’ (CUTC) banquet, which takes place during the annual Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C., each January. The Graduate Student of the Year receives $1,000 plus the cost of attendance (conference registration and travel/lodging expenses) at the TRB Annual Meeting, two free registrations to the CUTC and a certificate from US Department of Transportation.

 

Eligible candidates must have completed with a grade of B or better at least 12 hours of graduate course work at the time the selection is made and have a graduate GPA in excess of 3.25 (out of 4.00). Eligible candidates must be a legal resident in the United States and enrolled in a transportation-related program or completed a degree in the current calendar year (2012). Selection is competitive and based upon accomplishments in three areas:

  • Technical Merit and Research – Evaluation of submitted written papers or reports;
  • Academic Performance – Evidence of professionalism and leadership in the form of presentations at professional society meetings and symposia; and
  • Professionalism and Leadership – Demonstrated leadership in student or professional activities.

Eligible candidates must be a graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00), a legal resident in the United States and enrolled in a transportation-related program or completed a degree in 2011.

Selection is based upon accomplishments in three areas:

  • Technical Merit and Research – Evaluation of submitted written papers or reports;
  • Academic Performance – Evidence of professionalism and leadership in the form of presentations at professional society meetings and symposia; and
  • Professionalism and Leadership – Demonstrated leadership in student or professional activities.

Previous RTI Outstanding Students of the Year include:

2011 – Joshua Cook
2011 – Brandon Huffman
2011 – Brianne Salmons
2010 – Peter J. Dailey
2009 – Amy Blankenship
2006 – David Lawson
2005 – Chandra Inglis-Smith
2004 – Errin Jewell
2003 – Peter J. Dailey
2002 – Nathan Bowe
2001 – Sean Litteral
2000 – Kim Lewis