Honors & Awards
- High Value Research Project Award, The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Research Advisory Committee, 2015, for the project “Development of a Traffic Incident Management Operational and Training Guide, Phase II,” as the PI. The project was one of the Sweet 16 High Value Research projects in the nation, which was selected after competing against 38 other projects from the 9 Midwest states in the region 3. This project was part of the Sweet 16 High Value Project poster session at the 2016 annual meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB).
- High Impact Project Award, Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT), 2014, for the project “Contributing Factors Regarding Wrong-Way Driving Crashes on Freeways, Phase I,” as the PI. The project findings have been implemented in various ways. Using a systematic approach, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has initiated a statewide, $7 million project in all nine districts to implement the interchange improvements developed in this research project, with the goal of zero fatalities in the state. A National Wrong-Way Driving Summit was organized to share the research findings with other states.
- High Impact Project Award, ICT/IDOT, 2012, for the project “Development of Highway Incident Management Training Guidelines, Phase I,” as the PI. This training material has been adopted by the IDOT and used for training several thousand incident responders in Illinois. This effort made Illinois one of the lead states in traffic incident management program in the nation.
- Best Presentation Award at the 11th National Access Management Conference & AASHTO Subcommittee on Design (SCOD), Seattle, September 21-23, 2015. Paper title: Investigating the Role of Access Management Strategies in Wrong-Way Driving Reduction in the Vicinity of Freeway Interchanges.
- Excellent Paper Award (with Dr. Pei-Sung Lin at the University of South Florida) at the 24th International Chinese Transportation Professional Association (ICTPA) Annual Conference & NACGEA International Symposium on Geo-Trans, Los Angeles, May 27-29, 2011. Paper title: Development of an Integrated MOT Training Program for Incident Responders to Improve Traffic Safety and Mobility.
- Florida Davis Productivity Award for the project “Mobile Lighting Measurement System,” as the PI, 2008. The mobile measurement system collects street lighting level data faster and more safely, saving more than $1million in 2007 while checking lighting levels on more than 275 miles of state highways. The system has been adopted by the department statewide, as well as by many cities and counties in Florida.
- Honorable Mention of Technical Paper Competition, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc., 2001.
- Georgia Brosch Memorial Transportation Scholarship, Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), University of South Florida, 2001.
- Outstanding Research Award, School of Engineering, SIUE, 2010.
- Urban Scholar, Institute for Urban Research, SIUE, 2009.
- Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School, SIUE, 2009.