Roadway Safety Institute Student of the Year

The Roadway Safety Institute, the Region 5 University Transportation Center housed at CTS, selects one graduate student each year for the Outstanding Student of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.

The student selected receives a $2,000 award from the Institute and is presented with a certificate from high-ranking USDOT officials at a ceremony held in conjunction with the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, each January. The Institute also reimburses the student for his/her travel to the ceremony and TRB Annual Meeting.


Jacob Achtemeier

The recipient of the 2019 award for the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) is Jacob Achtemeier. Advised by Nichole Morris, Achtemeier is working toward a master’s in human factors and ergonomics.

Past Winners


Frank Alarcon, urban and regional planning (Advisor: Frank Douma)


William Barbour, civil engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Daniel Work)


Brendan Murphy, civil engineering (Advisor: David Levinson)


Stephen Zitzow, civil engineering (Advisor: John Hourdos)