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December 7, 2023

Yinhai Wang

Yinhai Wang, Professor, was among eight UW faculty elected into the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Dr. Wang was selected because of his “pioneering contributions to traffic sensing, transportation data science, edge AI, and smart infrastructure system theory and technologies, as well as the exceptional leadership in regional collaborations among academia, industry, and agencies for creating transformational mobility solutions.”

Brett Maurer

Faculty member Brett Maurer was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.

Edward Kolodziej

Professor Edward Kolodziej, Professor, was named a National Champion by the Frontiers Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Switzerland focusing on high-impact scientific solutions for global environmental issues. The honor recognizes Kolodziej and his research team for their contribution to the discovery of 6PPD-quinone, a highly toxic derivative of automobile tires that is killing coho salmon and has emerged as a potential danger to other species, including humans.

Julian Marshall

Professor Julian Marshall’s paper, “Ambient NO2 Air Pollution and Public Schools in the United States: Relationships with Urbanicity, Race–Ethnicity, and Income”, was selected as an Editors Choice paper in Issue 10 of this year’s Environmental Science & Technology Letters publication.

Morgan Sanger

Ph.D. student Morgan Sanger made an exceptional mark this spring, earning the prestigious Herbold Data Science Fellowship from the University of Washington College of Engineering, securing 1st Place for her poster at the US National Highway Geology Symposium in Tacoma, and garnering both the Thomas Wysockey Civil Engineering Scholarship and the Industry Advancement Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field.

Stephany P. Wei

Former graduate Stephany P. Wei was honored with the 2023 Edward J. Bouwer/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award by the AEESP Foundation. Her groundbreaking research titled "Applications of Aerobatic Granular Sludge and Source-Separated Urine for Enhanced Nutrient Removal and Recovery" was supervised by Professor Mari Winkler and recognized for its exceptional contribution to environmental science and engineering.

Estheffany Solis

Estheffany Solis, an undergraduate senior, was awarded the $17,500 Barr Caton Scholarship from the Beavers Charitable Trust. Estheffany was nominated by As a first-generation immigrant and college student, Estheffany's remarkable journey from El Salvador to securing an internship at Atkinson Construction exemplifies her unwavering determination and commitment to community development through civil engineering.

Ben Nguyen

Undergraduate senior Ben Nguyen received the  Pile Driving Contractors Association's (PDCA) Pacific Coast Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is for students on the West Coast who are pursuing higher education in construction and/or engineering disciplines Ben recently completed an internship experience with Pacific Pile & Marine construction company, and PDCA remarked that “he is sure to be an asset to the pile driving industry.”

Peter Yu

Peter Yu, an undergraduate junior and part of the STAR Lab, received numerous awards: he was honored with the Haley & Aldrich Engineering Scholarship from the Puget Sound Engineering and Scholarship Fund in May, the Richard Williamson Jones Scholarship from the ASCE Seattle Section in July, the Jack Pittis Memorial Scholarship by the APWA Washington Chapter in August, the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Activities Reimbursement Fund (StAR) Award in September, the Mortar Board Alumni/Tolo Foundation Bryant-Peterson Scholarship in September, and the Coral Sales Company Douglas P. Daniels Scholarship in November, cumulatively amassing $16,000 in scholarships.

Catherine Schmidt

Catherine Schmidt, a graduate student, received the Coral Sales Company Douglas P. Daniels Scholarship in November. The scholarship is meant to support transportation engineering students at universities in the Pacific Northwest who excel in both leadership and intrapersonal communication.

Ollie Wiesner

Ollie Wiesner, a Ph.D. student and member of the STAR Lab, received a Washington State Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE) Graduate Scholarship.