Bucknell professor receives Outstanding Younger Member Award

LEWISBURG — Bucknell University civil and environmental engineering professor Michelle Oswald Beiler is the recipient of the 2019 American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation & Development Institute (ASCE T&DI) Outstanding Younger Member Award.

The award recognizes a young T&DI member (35 years of age or younger) for their professional contributions to transportation engineering. Beiler accepted the honor recently during the organization’s international conference in Alexandria, Va.

“It is an honor to receive this award, as I have been engaged in a number of American Society of Civil Engineers activities, committees, journal publications and book chapters,” Beiler said. “This award acknowledges professional achievement within the field of transportation engineering based on leadership, service, technical competence and contributions to the public sector.”

A member of the civil and environmental engineering faculty at Bucknell since 2011, Beiler’s research and teaching focus is in the area of sustainable transportation planning. Her specific research interests include transportation adaptation to climate change, sustainable transportation performance measures and rating system development, pedestrian and cycling travel demand modeling and sustainable engineering education. She worked with Union County to study the impact of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail on the greater Lewisburg community.

In the classroom, Beiler works to prepare civil engineers with technical skills in transportation engineering and planning, and provide them the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world problems.

She was awarded the ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Award in 2015 and was also identified as an “Emerging Leader” in the field of sustainable land use practices by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS-UTC).

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