Beverly Kuhn, senior research engineer with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), is the recipient of the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award. Kuhn received the award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting in August.
The prestigious Matson Award is given annually to those considered pioneers in their engineering professions. For Kuhn, transportation systems management and operations — achieving efficient transportation operations with the help of technology — has been her focus area for the last decade of an award-winning, 30-year career.
“I have always viewed transportation engineering as a form of community service, so to receive the Matson Award is an unexpected but much appreciated highlight of my career,” Kuhn said. “It means even more to see the list of past recipients — many are former professors, mentors and colleagues, for whom I have a great deal of respect.”
Kuhn joins former TTI Matson Award recipients TTI Research Fellow Tim Lomax, who received the award in 2009, and Director Emeritus Dennis Christiansen, who received it in 2016.
Kuhn has led over 50 research projects and supported numerous others for federal, state and local sponsors. She leads TTI’s System Reliability Division in the area of advanced transportation operations and connected and automated transportation. She is an active member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and currently serves as the chair of the Standing Committee on Freeway Operations. She is also the president of the Brazos Valley Section of ITE.
Recipients of the Matson Award are selected by members of the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Federal Highway Administration, ITE and TRB.