BOZEMAN - His peers see it as fitting that Steve Albert, director of Montana State University's Western Transportation Initiative, should be given the inaugural award for administrative leadership, bestowed jointly by the Council of University Transportation Centers and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
"Steve Albert embodies everything that the CUTC/ARTBA Award for Administrative Leadership was designed to recognize," wrote Jason Bittner, director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, in a nominating letter for Albert. Bittner called Albert a mentor and voice of encouragement for others to become involved with organizations that conduct transportation research.
The award, which CUTC/ARTBA established in 2012 and presented to Albert in January, honors a staff member or non-tenure-track faculty who offers member organizations a record of outstanding leadership in the development of programs, best practices and administrative efficiency, a willingness to assist in mentoring others, service to professional organizations and public service.
Albert has served in various capacities with a number of transportation research organizations, including the American Society of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Intelligent Transportation System America and the Transportation Research Board, as well as CUTC.
In 2010, Albert was given an Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) individual lifetime achievement award for his leadership in promoting intelligent transportation systems and guiding ITS research and development projects in more than 35 states.
In 2007, then-U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters selected him to serve on the national ITS Advisory Committee and confirmed by US Congress mandate. Steve is serving on his third term.
The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) is the nation's largest transportation institute focusing on rural transportation issues. The institute was established in 1994 by the Montana and California Departments of Transportation, in cooperation with Montana State University, and is located in the College of Engineering. WTI is MSU third largest research center with 80 staff and faculty and an annual budget of $12 million. Albert has been director since 1996 and is a nationally recognized leader on ITS issues. On two occasions, the U.S. Senate has invited him to provide testimony on the U.S. DOT ITS program.
For information about the Western Transportation Institute, go towww.coe.montana.edu/wti.
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