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February 23, 2005

PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION STUDENT AWARD
RENAMED TO HONOR CCNY PROFESSOR NEVILLE A. PARKER

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NEW YORK, February 23, 2005 - The Council of University Tranportation Centers (CUTC) has renamed its Non-Thesis Masters Degree Award in honor of Neville A. Parker, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY) and Director of the City University of New York Institute for Transportation Systems (CUNY ITS). 

The Neville A. Parker Award is one of three prestigious prizes presented by CUTC for outstanding masters, doctoral dissertations and theses in transportation produced at leading colleges, university transportation centers, and institutes throughout the nation.  Renaming of the Award in Professor Parker's honor was announced during the organization's annual meeting last month in Washington.

The other eponymous awards honor Milton Pikarsky, a City College professor who founded the CUNY ITS in 1985 and was a leading advocate for establishment of federally funded University Transportation Centers, and Charley V. Wootan, Director of the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University from 1976-1993 and founding President of CUTC. 

Professor Parker has been Director of the CUNY ITS since 1989, when he succeeded Professor Pikarsky upon his death.  Professor Parker is also a past CUTC President. Both Professors Pikarsky and Parker graduated from CCNY, in 1944 and 1965, respectively. 

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) was established in 1979 by the major U.S. transportation research centers and institutes.  It promotes dialogue among member institutions and provides a forum for the centers to interact collectively with government and industry.  Over 60 of the nation's leading university-based transportation research and education programs are represented in the organization's membership.

 

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