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Awards Banquet and Turner Lecture

Monday, June 11

6:30–8:30 p.m. | Plaza Ballroom

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) are proud to present the following prestigious awards during the Tuesday evening Awards Banquet.

Francis C. Turner Award

Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Mohamed Abdel-Aty - HeadshotMohamed Abdel-Aty, Ph.D., is a Trustee Endowed Chair, Pegasus Professor, and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. His outstanding leadership in the field of road safety is recognized nationally and internationally. In addition, he has had an exceptional impact on the transportation field with an extensive publication record, his service on committees, and a commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring.

Dr. Abdel-Aty has established himself as a world leader in transportation research and particularly in transportation safety research. He has published more than 550 papers, of them about 300 in journals. Dr. Abdel-Aty's impact is evident in projects that resulted in improvements to roadways and likely saved lives and millions of dollars. He is a pioneer in transforming the traffic safety field into more proactive approaches to reduce crash risk. He was the first to study the safety of toll roads and plazas and provide guidance for safety improvements. Also of considerable impact are his projects on the innovative safety improvements and systems that are implemented at road segments that experience reduced visibility due to weather conditions, his contributions to the Highway Safety Manual, NCHRP projects, and the development of a similar manual for Part D for the Florida Department of Transportation. Dr. Abdel-Aty has managed more than 60 research projects totaling around $17 million.

His teaching record is impressive and has received considerable recognition. He is among the world's most elite university teachers, having won his university's Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, and the University Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students. Dr. Abdel-Aty has supervised to completion more than 70 Ph.D. and MS students.

About the Award

The Francis C. Turner Award was established by the Transportation and Development Institute of the Society by the solicitation of gifts from the many friends and admirers of Francis C. Turner, Hon.M.ASCE, former Chief Engineer of the Bureau of Public Roads, and retired Federal Highway Administrator. The award is based on the nominee's contributions to the advancement of the knowledge and practice of transportation engineering.

Robert Horonjeff Award

Richard de Neufville, Ph.D., M.ASCE

Richard de Neufville - HeadshotRichard de Neufville, Ph.D., is a professor of Engineering Systems at MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Dr. de Neufville is recognized in part for his outstanding and innovative contributions and achievements in education, research, technology transfer, and workforce development in the field of air transportation engineering. He is internationally recognized for his work that applies advanced systems engineering concepts and techniques to the planning of airports and airport systems. He is known for his advocacy of techniques that introduce greater flexibility in the design of complex engineering systems.

Prof. de Neufville is particularly known for innovations in engineering education. He was the founding chairman of the MIT Technology and Policy Program and author of six major texts on systems analysis in engineering. His work has been recognized by Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, the NATO Systems Science Prize; the Sizer Award for the Most Significant Contribution to MIT Education, the Martore and MIT Effective Teaching Awards, and the US Federal Aviation Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Through professional short courses, academic research, publications, and consulting work with major airports, Dr. de Neufville has passed on his insights to students and practicing engineers throughout the world.

About the Award

The ASCE T&DI Robert Horonjeff Award was established to recognize outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, the advancement of the field of air transportation engineering.

Wilbur S. Smith Award

Kenneth R. Maser, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Kenneth Maser - HeadshotKenneth R. Maser, Ph.D., is a Senior Principal at Infrasense, Inc. He is a distinguished civil engineer whose leadership and innovation have been instrumental, both domestically and internationally, in developing and proving highway agencies with driving-speed non-destructive methods for subsurface condition evaluation of pavements and bridge decks.

Dr. Maser is nationally and internationally recognized authority in research, development, and deployment of nondestructive evaluation and subsurface condition investigations, particularly in the area of ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology. To manage and process subsurface GPR data collected on hundreds of miles of pavement per day, Dr. Maser has led a continuing effort to implement advances in software for streamlining the data processing. Examples of agencies that have adopted this technology include CalTrans, Texas DOT, Oklahoma DOT, Virginia DOT, and the Idaho Transportation Department.

In addition to pavement applications, Dr. Maser has also been a leader in the development and implementation of methods for highway speed evaluation of bridge decks. Through his efforts, highway agencies, with hundreds of candidate structures to consider, have been provided with effective tools for deciding which decks need attention, facilitating scoping of required rehab work and repair/replace decisions.

Dr. Maser has authored over 150 publications in his field and has served as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

About the Award

The Wilbur S. Smith Award was established by the Highway Division (now T&DI) of ASCE in recognition of the outstanding professional accomplishments of Wilbur S. Smith, Hon.M.ASCE.

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