TTI Senior Research Engineer and Director of External Initiatives Melissa Tooley published a column in the September/October issue of Transportation Builder magazine, published by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). In the column, she recounts her personal experiences in entering the civil engineering field as one of just a few women seeking engineering degrees in the early 1980s. The issue recognizes the 10th anniversary of ARTBA’s Women Leaders Council, which Tooley helped organize, serving as the council’s founding chair in 2011. The council promotes leadership and career advancement for professional women in the transportation design and construction industry through networking, mentoring, recognition and educational activities.
Tooley also is a former member of ARTBA’s Executive Committee and was honored with ARTBA’s Ethel Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.