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.

Randy McCourt, International President, Institute of Transportation Engineers

I am humbled and excited to be recognized by PacTrans, who has contributed so much to the transportation profession in the Pacific Northwest through its workforce development, research and technology transfer.

Randy McCourt is the International President of ITE and is a graduate of
Oregon State University and the University of California, Berkeley. After 40
years working at DKS Associates in Portland he retired earlier this year. He
is now active in several areas of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic
Control Devices including bus applications, dynamic message signs, LED,
setting of speed limits, automated enforcement, pedestrian crossings,
parking signs and site roadways open to public travel.

PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award

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

Christopher Parrish, Associate Professor, Civil & Construction Engineering, Oregon State University

“I am honored to receive the PacTrans Outstanding Researcher Award! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in a number of PacTrans projects over the past several years and to have worked alongside some extremely talented colleagues and graduate students.”

Chris Parrish is an Associate Professor of Geomatics in the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. His research focuses on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), lidar, hyperspectral imagery and other emerging technologies for rapid acquisition of geospatial data. Chris has served as Principal Investigator (PI) for UAS-related research projects sponsored by PacTrans, ODOT, and NOAA. He is the Director of OregonView, a statewide consortium dedicated to applied remote sensing research, STEM education, workforce development, and technology transfer, and also currently serves as Vice President of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), and as Coastal Processes Lead on a NASA Surface Topography and Vegetation (STV) Team. Prior to joining OSU, Chris worked for NOAA, serving in multiple positions including as a junior officer on a hydrographic survey ship, geodetic liaison officer in the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), and lead physical scientist in NGS’s Remote Sensing Division.

PacTrans Outstanding Educator Award

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

Joe Mahoney, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington

Following work in the pavements and materials field for over 30 years, Joe decided to focus more on online learning. As such, he developed, along with others, the first fully online MSCE degree program at the UW 20 years ago and, more recently, a second online MSCE degree program in Energy Infrastructure. He greatly appreciates the freedom to pursue this learning direction which CEE and UW have allowed.

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.

City of Bellevue, WA

“This is a real honor! We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with you and UW-PacTrans on smart mobility solutions.”

The City of Bellevue has been an active and invaluable partner with PacTrans over the past eight years by facilitating technology transfer, supporting research efforts, and engaging with our students. The City has partnered with UW and PacTrans on the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero Partnership, Freight and Curbspace Management Implementations, and a Livable City Capstone project.