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Dr. Jim Williams Named Transportation Engineer of the Year

July 6, 2005

Civil Engineering Professor Jim Williams has been selected as the 2005 Transportation Engineer of the Year by District 9 (Texas) of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The award recognizes to an individual member of TexITE for his/her outstanding practice, teaching or research of the science and art of transportation engineering in the State of Texas.

Dr. Williams teaches courses in traffic engineering covering a wide range of topics including signal operations, traffic control systems, signal coordination and system design, street and highway capacity analysis, freeway operations analysis, and traffic control devices. He came to UTA after receiving his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Dr. Williams is the faculty advisor for the student chapters of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He coaches ASCE members for their concrete canoe and steel bridge construction competitions and advises local high school students who compete in balsa bridge competitions.

Sia Ardekani, professor and chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, says that Dr. Williams is an unrivaled example of a dedicated educator and advisor. “Receiving this award is a milestone in any transportation engineer’s professional life,” he said, “particularly in such a large district where competition is stiff. It is a significant testimony and recognition by one's colleagues of one's professional achievements as a transportation engineer. This award also means, if you want to study traffic engineering in Texas, UTA Civil Engineering is the place to be, because we have one of the best transportation engineers on our faculty.”

The ITE is one of the largest transportation professional organizations in the world. Its members are traffic engineers, transportation planners and other professionals who are responsible for meeting society's needs for safe and efficient surface transportation through planning, designing, implementing, operating and maintaining surface transportation systems worldwide. The organization is divided into 10 international districts; Texas by itself is District 9.

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