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CUTC Honors Dr. Patrick Szary with Leadership Award
Each year, the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)—a national organization representing the USDOT University Transportation Centers—honors members who have made exceptional contributions to transportation research.
On January 11, 2014, CAIT associate director Dr. Pat Szary received the CAIT-ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award at the CUTC TRB Banquet for his extensive work in education, workforce development, technology transfer, and research programs; participation in professional organizations and public service initiatives; and mentorship of staff and students.
In 1998, the year of CAIT's founding, Szary was hired as a graduate student. He now serves as CAIT's executive decision-maker for daily operations and keeps each of the center's high-quality research activities and training programs on target. His exemplary career is a testament to CAIT's success in helping students excel as transportation professionals.
In just 15 years, Szary and CAIT director Dr. Ali Maher have won four USDOT University Transportation competitions, including CAIT's National UTC designation in late 2013. Szary has helped shape and tailor CAIT programs to align with USDOT strategic areas, which crystalized into the center's current focus on state of good repair, safety, and economic competitiveness. In addition to research initiatives, Szary works to meet the workforce and training development needs of the transportation community with a "cradle to grave" educational approach.
His leadership capabilities are recognized in other organizations, too. He serves in many regional and national professional societies: ASCE, ITE, TRB Affiliate, Society of Research Administrators (SRA), and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). He has received a recognition from these organizations for leading large complex research teams on projects for FHWA, ITE, and ATSIP; he has also earned individual honors, such as the ASCE-NJ Section "Young Engineer of the Year" award.
As a former graduate student at CAIT, Szary understands the value of professional mentorship. Having risen to the position of associate director, Szary now recruits and advises students in both non-academic and academic functions. Under his mentorship, students have gone on to receive prestigious awards and attain leadership positions at federal transportation agencies.
Szary's research spans several transportation areas. He worked as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and principal researcher on more than $8 million in external grants in areas of energy, alternative fuels, infrastructure, geotechnical engineering, sensors, pavements, and weigh-in-motion (WIM). Szary received his Ph.D. from Rutgers in geotechnical and environmental engineering in 2009.