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Researchers Win Top Honors for Transportation Policy Paper

This group won the 2014 Charley V. Wootan Award from the Transportation Research Board for their paper proposing a framework for collecting evidence about how well transportation asset management interventions accomplish their intended outcomes. From left, Adjo Amekudzi Kennedy is the group's adviser, Jamie Montague Fischer completed her Ph.D. in August, Janille Smith-Colin is in her third year of doctoral studies, and Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah is a fifth-year Ph.D. student. (Photo by Jess Hunt.)

Four CEE researchers have received this year’s Charley V. Wootan Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB), recognizing their work on evidence-based transportation asset management.

The Wootan Award honors the best paper in transportation policy and organization submitted to the TRB each year.

The winning paper proposes a framework for collecting evidence to document how well transportation asset management interventions accomplish their intended purposes. Ph.D. students Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah and Janille Smith-Colin worked on the research with Jamie Montague Fischer, who finished her doctorate this month, as well as Professor Adjo Amekudzi Kennedy.

The project, supported by the Georgia Department of Transportation, will ultimately lead to the development of an evidence-based database for managing transportation infrastructure. The team has already put in a follow-up paper for the 2015 TRB meeting in January that outlines the design of that database and how it could be used.

The group's award-winning paper is "Evidence-Based Decision Making for Transportation Asset Management: Enhancing the Practice with Quality Evidence and Systematic Documentation."