Melissa Tooley, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) director of external initiatives, received a Distinguished Alumni award April 9 at the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet. The Department of Civil Engineering chose Tooley as their award recipient, one of the highest honors given to College of Engineering alumni.
According to the award documentation, the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award “ … honors the exceptional professional and personal achievements of University of Arkansas College of Engineering graduates. Recipients have achieved distinction in their fields and have provided outstanding leadership and service to the College of Engineering and to the organizations and communities to which these distinguished alumni belong.”
Tooley serves as TTI’s Federal Affairs Division head. She is a former vice-chairman at large of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and serves on its board of directors. She has over 30 years of experience with the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, served as a UTC director at the University of Arkansas and TTI and is a former national president of the Council of University Transportation Centers. She earned her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Tooley worked as assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida and the University of Arkansas and has been a member of the Arkansas Academy of Civil Engineering since 2006.