• September 17, 2020

    PacTrans awards outstanding individuals

    This year, PacTrans has granted a number of PacTrans awards, recognizing outstanding professionals in the transportation field that we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the past year. 

    PacTrans Lifetime Achievement Award

    Randy McCourt 

    McCourt currently serves as International President for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a title he has held since the beginning of this year. Prior to his current role, he spent 40 years with DKS Associates. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by PacTrans. It is presented in recognition of individuals who have had distinguished careers in transportation in the Pacific Northwest with substantial involvement in the UTC program.

    PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award

    Chris Parrish

    Parrish is an Associate Professor in the Civil & Construction Engineering program at Oregon State University. Having a major interest in geomatics, Parrish earned his master’s degree in Civil and Coastal Engineering with an emphasis in geomatics from the University of Florida, later going on to obtain a doctorate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, this time with an emphasis in geospatial information engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

    The Outstanding Researcher Award is presented to investigators for outstanding research with significant outcomes, incorporating meaningful student contributions, and robust community service/leadership involvement.

    PacTrans Outstanding Partner Award

    City of Bellevue, WA

    The City of Bellevue has been an active and invaluable partner with PacTrans over the past eight years by facilitating technology transfer, supporting research efforts, and engaging with our students. The City has partnered with UW and PacTrans on the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership, Freight and Curbspace Management Implementations, and a Livable City Capstone project.

    The Outstanding Partner Award is presented to partners for outstanding collaboration in research, sponsorships, mentor/internship opportunities, event participation/facilitation, or assistance with technology transfer initiatives.

    PacTrans Outstanding Educator Award

    Joe Mahoney

    Mahoney is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the University of Washington. He has over 40 years of experience in the pavement field designing, constructing, and maintaining heavy infrastructure. He also has a specific research interest in pavements, including pavement materials and management systems. 

    The Outstanding Educator Award is presented to PacTrans faculty in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching including mentoring, advising, and innovative teaching techniques.