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2011 Student of the Year : J. Ken Fuller


(From left to right): Student of the Year J. Ken Fuller, ITI Research Engineer David Kosnik, and ITI Director Joseph Schofer.

ITI named J. Ken Fuller, a senior in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, as its student of the year for 2010.

For the past two years, Fuller has worked closely with the REG on several of their most important projects, including actively participating in the installation of a remote monitoring system in Hurley, Wisconsin. Fuller is working on an independent study project with ITI researcher Professor David Corr to investigate the effects of truck loads on the structure, specifically investigating the correlation between input measures, such as vehicle speed, axle configuration, gross weight, and axle weight) and outcome measures, such as the observed strains, accelerations, and deflections of the bridge and its components.

In his free time, Ken serves as Administrative Director of Northwestern’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, enjoys backpacking, and plays bass in a student-run jazz combo. He will graduate this coming June, and is looking towards a career in infrastructure management and construction.

This past January, Ken travelled to Washington, DC to accept this award and a $1000 scholarship at the 14th Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Awards Banquet as part of the 90th Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.