Buddy Dyer, 2016 CUTR Transportation Achievement Award

2016 CUTR Transportation Achievement Award Honors Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando

2016 CUTR Transportation Awards Invitation

2016 CUTR Transportation Awards Invitation

2016 CUTR Achievement Awards Program

2016 CUTR Achievement Awards Program



The 2016 CUTR Transportation Achievement Awards Event was held on Tuesday, November 15th at the USF Embassy Suites and was a success!  Recognized as the award recipient was Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Florida Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Florida Senator Jack Latvala presented him with the CUTR Transportation Achievement award.  This award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the transportation field.  This year’s guest speaker was FDOT District 7 Secretary, Paul Steinman.


Trang Luong was awarded the 2016 Georgia Brosch Memorial Transportation Scholarship.  She is a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department and is the current President of the Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE), USF Student Chapter.  Trang has also been active with the USF Engineers for a Sustainable World, American Society of Civil Engineers and with the Engineering Senate. She will receive her USF MSCE in May 2017 and received her BSCE from USF in 2015, when she was named the USF System’s Outstanding Graduate. Trang is currently working as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Abdul Pinjari in the area of truck travel behavior. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded based on
academic achievement, professional activities, and career goals.


The scholarship committee has also selected Katrina Corcoran to receive an Honorable Mention under the Georgia Brosch Memorial Transportation Scholarship umbrella. Katrina is pursuing her Master’s degree in the Urban and Regional Planning program.


Austin Gibble was awarded the 2016 CUTR National Center for Transit Research Student of the Year award.  This student represents excellence in academic achievement, research, and professional development. The award comes with financial support to attend the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington DC and an award of $1,000. All Students of the Year from as many as 50 universities will also be honored at the Council of University Transportation Centers Annual Awards Banquet.  Austin is pursuing his Master’s degree in the Urban and Regional Planning Program.




Kimberlee DeBosier was recognized for her ten years of service as the CUTR Advisory Board Chair. Kim is Vice President at JMT (formerly Bayside Engineering) and is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Her civic leadership in the Tampa Bay Community is extensive, including terms with the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (including serving as chair from 1999-2003), the Hillsborough County MPO, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Development Committee of the Glazer Children’s Museum, the USF College of Engineering Board, the MacDonald Training Center, and the Mayor’s Beautification Program.  Her leadership and guidance have been crucial to CUTR’s success. 


Dennis Hinebaugh was recognized for his role as Interim Director of CUTR from March 2014 – August 2016. He served admirably in this role and went beyond the call of duty in overseeing CUTR’s growth and positive evolution.






Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsorship ($2,500):

  • Florida Transportation Builder’s Association, Inc.
  • Holtzman Group
  • Strategic Property Partners, Inc.
  • Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA)
  • Williams Law Group, P.A.

Green Sponsorship ($1,250):

  • AAA
  • Atkins
  • Broad and Cassel
  • CDM Smith, Inc.
  • CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Florida Public Transportation Association
  • Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART)
  • HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • HNTB Corporation
  • Lochner
  • Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Port Tampa Bay
  • Quality Counts
  • Tampa Steel Erecting, Co.
  • Vride, Inc.