Education - 2009 Student of the Year

Mary Beth Wilkes, 2009 Student of the Year, receives recognition at the TRB awards banquet in Washington, DC

The University Transportation Center for Alabama is proud to recognize Ms. Mary Beth Wilkes as its 2009 Student of the Year. Ms. Wilkes, a native of Andalusia, AL, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from The University of Alabama.

During her undergraduate years she was involved in the student chapter of ASCE in which she held an officer’s position for two years and was a team leader in the Steel Bridges and Concrete Canoe competitions. During her last semester as an undergraduate, Ms. Wilkes was nominated by peers and faculty to be a Senior Design Project Team Leader. Her team earned the First Place Overall Award for their completed project.

As a graduate student, she was a teaching assistant for the undergraduate course on highway design and construction. During the past two summers Ms. Wilkes served as the co-director for the Advanced Transportation Institute (ATI) with Dr. Daniel Turner. She also worked with the Alabama Department of Transportation to update rules and regulations for oversize/overweight loads, create a permit-information handbook for truckers, and develop a certification program for pilot-car drivers.