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student of the year: Jeffrey Meissner

ITI is proud to name Jeff Meissner, a senior in Civil & Environmental Engineering in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, as its Student of the Year.

Beginning in his sophomore year, Jeff made valuable contributions to ITI-sponsored research projects under Professor Charles Dowding. Dowding’s Autonomous Crack Monitoring project evaluates the response of cracks in various structures to vibration and environmental changes. Jeff was involved in the study of a residential structure in Naples, Florida, aimed to reduce litigation costs for road aggregate quarry operators by demonstrating that cracks in nearby homes are affected much more by weather fronts and daily temperature cycles than by blasting vibrations. Some of Jeff’s work was recently presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Explosives Engineers. Jeff also assists the ITI Research Engineering Group in field installations from time to time.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys both coaching and playing for the university’s club baseball team, and cheering on his Northwestern Wildcats in all their athletic endeavors. In Fall 2010, he plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D in civil engineering.

“I’m very honored that ITI is presenting this award for my effort in ACM. Research in transportation and engineering is so important and undervalued.”

This January, Jeff travelled to Washington, DC to accept this award and a $1000 scholarship at the 13th Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Awards banquet as part of the 89th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.