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.
Jenny Elyard is an EIT certified master’s student at West Virginia University. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering, a minor in mathematics and is currently pursuing a M.S. in civil engineering with a focus on transportation engineering. As an undergraduate she received the Promise Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude with a G.P.A of 3.92. Jenny worked part-time at KCI Technologies in Morgantown, WV on several site civil/electrical projects using AutoCAD and Microstation. She was also involved in an undergraduate research project for the West Virginia Department of Highways which dealt with detecting and warning motorists of end of queue locations in freeway work zones. Jenny Elyard has been critical to the success of many RTI research projects exemplifying as to why she is an excellent recipient for RTI’s Student of the Year. Her technical and reasoning skills are at a level that allows her to quickly catch on and learn new concepts and easily apply them to solve problems. She was an integral part of the research project “Signing to Prevent End of Queue Accidents”, performing the majority of the literature review and interview tasks, as well as a significant portion of the final report.
Chris Van Dyke is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. His research interests encompass fluvial geomorphology, biogeomorphology, natural hazards and sustainable transportation systems. Chris has contributed to a number of projects that focus on transportation issues in the State of Kentucky, including research that evaluates the sustainability of the state’s roadways, finding new methods to mitigate for the loss of roadside ditches during road construction or road relocation, and determining strategies to protect roads from sudden flooding events. He is also engaged in two MTIC projects. One is a predictive model that forecasts barge movement along the inland waterway system to understand how it can operate more efficiently given present structural constraints, such as an aging system of locks and dams. The second MTIC project focuses on port sustainability, and understanding what types measures inland ports can implement to improve their economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Chris Van Dyke was chosen as the MTIC Student of the Year, because he has proven himself as a flexible, diligent and conscientious researcher who has contributed to a broad range of transportation projects. Chris, above all, exhibits concern with conducting research with an eye towards policy implementation.
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:
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:
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