The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials noted that the nomination period for its President’s Transportation Awards as well as the AASHTO Awards of Excellence closes on May 26.
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Those awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony at the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, November 13-16. Award criteria and nomination forms are available by clicking here.
The annual President’s Transportation Awards honor individuals or teams at state departments of transportation that have performed exemplary service during the year, furthering the transportation activities of member departments and the work that has made their communities better.
Nominations can be made by AASHTO member chief executive officers or by the chairs of AASHTO committees or councils and cover seven broad categories:
- Safety, which recognizes individuals and teams who have dedicated themselves to improving transportation safety within their states or for the nation overall. As safety is a priority in every aspect of transportation (planning, project development, program management, operations, maintenance, administration, etc.), honorees can be advocates for safety excellence in any area.
- Mobility, which honors individuals and teams who have improved mobility for the communities they serve. Honorees focus on opening up transportation access and expanding mobility options within their states.
- Equity, which honors individuals and teams that worked to advance principles of equity and produce and foster a culture that empowers individuals in underrepresented populations (age, gender, ethnicity, race, etc.) by intentionally expanding opportunities within a community or a state DOT.
- Environment and Planning, which honors individuals and teams who have had success in implementing a robust planning process within their agencies that is multimodal, multidisciplinary, innovative, and consensus-oriented while also promoting environmental stewardship.
- Administration and Organizational Excellence, which honors individuals and teams who have provided their state exemplary support in meeting its goals and/or fulfilling its mission.
- Partnerships, which recognizes individuals and teams who have engaged with other organizations and embraced the richness of other perspectives represented in the broader transportation community, all in the name of delivering a stronger and better transportation system.
- Research, which highlights the efforts of individuals and teams who have championed research for their state DOT and the transportation field overall. These individuals and teams have supported/contributed high-quality transportation research and innovation to improve the movement of people and goods.
Meanwhile, the three AASHTO Awards of Excellence that will also be given out at the 2023 AASHTO Annual Meeting are:
- The Thomas H. MacDonald Award, which recognizes a state transportation professional who has provided outstanding service over an extended period or has made an exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering.
- The Alfred E. Johnson Achievement Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution in highway engineering or management.
- The Francis B. Francois Award for Innovation – named Francis Francois, who served as AASHTO’s executive director from 1980 to 1999 – bestowed annually to state DOTs that have developed innovative projects.
Additionally, information for the 25 Year Award of Meritorious Service, Memorial List, and Employees Killed in the Line of Duty List, can be found here.