Annual Awards

PacTrans Lifetime Achievement Award

This is the highest and most prestigious award given by PacTrans. It is presented in recognition of individuals who have had distinguished careers in transportation in the Pacific Northwest with substantial involvement in the UTC program.

Chris Bell, Professor Emeritus, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

A highlight of my career has been serving on the boards for TransNow and then PacTrans with excellent colleagues. This service spanned 25 years. I am most proud of all the students the Center supported, many becoming leaders in the Transportation community. We have also helped jump-start the careers of new faculty by funding and encouraging collaborative research on vital projects.

He grew up in the North of England, received his degrees from Nottingham University and taught for four years at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland before moving to Oregon in 1981. He retired in 2016 but remains connected with OSU.

Chris’s teaching and research at OSU focused on issues in transportation, particularly in asphalt pavements and vehicle loading issues. He spent much of his career in administrative positions including INTO OSU a major international initiative. He is particularly proud to have represented OSU for many years on the Board of Directors of PacTrans and its predecessor TransNow. 

Throughout his career Chris enjoyed mentoring students and in retirement stays in contact with former students all over the world. With Pactrans and other funding he secured fellowship funding for numerous undergraduate and graduate students at OSU. He advocated for domestic and international students – he and his wife have hosted many exchange and full-time students. He was privileged to serve as the Chief Marshal for OSU’s Commencement for 11 years. In retirement Chris and his wife Elizabeth have traveled to 21 countries, visiting family, former students and colleagues. Throughout these trips, Chris continues to enjoy widely varying transportation opportunities!

PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award

Presented to investigators for outstanding research with significant outcomes, incorporating meaningful student contributions, and robust community service/leadership involvement.

Anne Goodchild, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington
Found Director, Supply Chain & Transportation Logistics Center, Urban Freight Lab
Academic Director, Supply Chain & Transportation Logistics Master’s Degree Program

“I am honored to receive the Outstanding Researcher Award from PacTrans, particularly as this award embodies many of my own values in research; significant outcomes, meaningful student contributions, and robust community service/leadership involvement.  In addition, it is gratifying to receive the recognition from the PacTrans Board of Directors, who represent some of the most influential and respected researchers and educators in our region.”

Dr. Anne Goodchild leads the University of Washington’s academic and research efforts in the area of supply chain, logistics, and freight transportation. She is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and serves as Founding Director of both the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics online Master’s degree program and the Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center, the latter which launched the Urban Freight Lab (UFL) in 2016 to bring together the public and private sectors to address the challenges of the urban freight system by engaging in innovative research.

Under Goodchild’s leadership, the UFL coined the increasingly used term “Final 50 Feet” and defined it as the last leg of the supply chain for urban deliveries—including finding parking, moving items from a delivery vehicle, navigating traffic, sidewalks, intersections, bike lanes, and building security, and ending with the recipient. In addition to being key to customer satisfaction, this final segment is both the most expensive (where an estimated 25-50% of total supply chain costs are incurred) and most time-consuming part of the delivery process—and ripe for improvement. One of the hurdles in the final 50 feet is that many different parties are involved—city departments of transportation, delivery carriers, property owners, residents, and consumers—making a collaborative effort between sectors essential for developing mutually beneficial solutions.

PacTrans Outstanding Educator Award

Presented to PacTrans faculty in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching including mentoring, advising, and innovative teaching techniques.

David S. Hurwitz, Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

“There are many exemplar transportation educators who are active contributors to the Pacific Northwest Research Consortium. It is truly an honor to be selected from this prestigious group of academics for this recognition.”

Dr. David S. Hurwitzis a Professor of transportation engineering, Director of the Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Research, and Director of the Driving and Bicycling Research Laboratory in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU). David conducts research in the areas of transportation human factors, transportation safety, bicycles and pedestrians, commercial motor vehicles, and connected and automated transportation systems. In particular Dr. Hurwitz is interested in the consideration of user behavior in the design and innovation of transportation systems. David teaches graduate and undergraduate classes covering topics such as: Highway Engineering, Traffic Operations, Isolated Signalized Intersections, and Driving Simulation. David is active in professional societies, currently serving as the Chair of the ITE Education Council and as the Secretary of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Road User Measurement and Evaluation (ACH50), and Traffic Control Devices (ACP55).

PacTrans Outstanding Partner Award

Presented to partners for outstanding collaboration in research, sponsorships, mentor/internship opportunities, event participation/facilitation, or assistance with technology transfer initiatives.

Owner and President, Coral Sales Company

Diane Daniels Grant is the Owner and President of Coral Sales Company, a regional distributor of roadway safety equipment and ITS products.  Diane is very proud of the contribution Coral Sales has made to the safety of the roads in the Pacific NW.  She is an ardent proponent of the power of teamwork and considers it an honor to lead the wonderful group of individuals at Coral Sales.  She is a lifetime resident of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in Management, Accounting and Psychology.

Coral Sales has been family owned for over 40 years. A core value of the Daniels Family has always been giving back to the community. This is demonstrated by the Coral Sales Company/Douglas P. Daniels Scholarship. Over the last 34 years, the company has awarded more than 800 scholarships to Transportation Engineering Students in the Pacific Northwest.  Everyone at Coral enjoys meeting past and present “Coral Scholars” at awards dinners and industry events and feels honored to have had the opportunity to support these deserving students.

PacTrans Excellence in Technology Transfer Award

Presented to investigators for effective partnerships and collaboration with outside industry, innovative marketing of newly developed techniques and technologies, or successful implementation of research results.

Joseph Wartman, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

“I spent many years in practice as a registered professional engineer before joining academia. I have thus always had an interest in seeing our scientific discoveries and engineering advancements put to real-world use by practitioners. For this reason, I am both thrilled and deeply honored to receive the PacTrans Technical Transfer Award.”

Joe Wartman directs the Natural Hazard and Disaster Reconnaissance (RAPID) Facility headquartered at the University of Washington (UW), where he is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He specializes in disaster risk reduction with a specific interest in geologic hazards and their impacts on communities and infrastructure systems. Wartman’s research appears in such scientific journals as the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Engineering Geology, Geomorphology, GeoHealth, Scientific Advances, and the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, among others. In addition to his scientific publications, Dr. Wartman’s non-technical writing on disasters has appeared in the New York Times, the Seattle Times, and EOS, among other venues.