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Joseph Schofer Earns Council of University Transportation Centers Lifetime Achievement Award

Schofer was recognized by the Council of University Transportation Centers on January 12

Northwestern Engineering’s Joseph Schofer has received the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC)’s 2018 HNTB Lifetime Achievement Award for University Transportation Education and Research.

Joseph SchoferSchofer, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for faculty affairs at the McCormick School of Engineering, was recognized at the CUTC Annual Awards Banquet on January 12 in Washington, D.C.

This award honors individuals with a long history of significant and outstanding contributions to university transportation education and research resulting in a lasting contribution to transportation.

Schofer earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Yale University and his master’s and PhD degrees from Northwestern Engineering. He joined Northwestern’s faculty in 1970. Schofer served as the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1997-2002 and served as interim dean for Northwestern Engineering from July 2004 to March 2005. He was the director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute from 2007-2013.

Schofer's research focuses on decision support and decision making for transportation and other infrastructure systems, including the needs for and use of data and information, as well as learning from experience and natural experiments, including natural disruptions and major infrastructure investment projects. His research and writing involve transportation policy, finance, and choices that affect the resilience of transportation systems.

Schofer received the Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board in 2011 and earned the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers in 2003.