Each year during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) honors the best and brightest students from University Transportation Centers (UTC) in the nation for contribution to the transportation field. The students are selected for outstanding accomplishments in research, academics, professionalism, leadership and technical merit. The UTC program is administered by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) at USDOT.
2018 Student of the Year – M. Shoaib Samandar, Ph.D. student, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2017 Student of the Year – Les Brown, MURP, Sr. Managing Consultant, Transportation at ICF
2016 Student of the Year – Don Watson, Ph.D., Traffic Specialist, FDOT District 5
2015 Student of the Year – Clark Letter, Ph.D, ITE Engineer, HNTB Corporation
2014 Student of the Year – Dr. Louis Merlin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University
2013 Student of the Year – Erica Schmidt, master’s student, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2012 Student of the Year – Amy Dunham, MURP, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner, WSP USA