Robert Skinner, the executive director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) was honored by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) during the Institute’s reception in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23 – which takes place each year on Sunday night of TRB’s Annual Meeting.
The TTI Director’s Research Champion Award was presented to Skinner for his support of transportation research. The award, which recognizes key individuals at the national level, is sponsored by Trinity Industries in memory of longtime Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kenneth W. Lewis.
“There is no better example of a transportation research supporter,” Agency Director Dennis Christiansen said of Skinner, who has been the TRB executive director since 1994. “Under his leadership, TRB has expanded its scope and increased its stature. He is a true research champion.”
In addition to his TRB duties, Skinner serves on numerous university advisory groups and special transportation study boards. He first joined TRB in 1983, directing policy study activities for the Board.
“I greatly appreciate this award. I have had the opportunity to work with terrific people and organizations over the years,” Skinner told those attending the reception. “All of TRB shares in this award, and I thank TTI and Trinity Industries very much for the recognition.”
With nearly 11,000 attendees, the 2011 TRB Annual Meeting was the largest ever for the 5-day event (Jan. 23-27). There were a total of 4,000 presentations and more than 650 sessions and workshops covering all aspects of transportation.