2017 TRB Annual Meeting: Robert. E. Skinner, Jr. to Receive the George S. Bartlett Award


The recipient of the 2016 Bartlett Award is Robert. E. Skinner, Jr., former Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board. Mr. Skinner is honored with the award for his contribution to nation’s roadway system through his support of research programs that produced a continuous flow of innovations that improved the safety, performance, and cost-effectiveness of the system.

Mr. Skinner retired in January 2015 after more than 30 years of service to the National Research Council—21 years of which he served executive director of TRB. During his years in charge of TRB, its various divisions are credited with producing more than 1,000 publications that address highway related needs.

The George S. Bartlett Award was established in 1931 by a group of friends of George S. Bartlett to perpetuate the spirit of friendship and helpfulness that he brought to his work in the highway field. The award is conferred annually on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to highway progress. The recipient is selected by a Board of Award composed of one representative each from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Transportation Research Board.

The 96th TRB Annual Meeting takes place January 8-12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The meeting covers all transportation issues, with 5,000 presentations in more than 800 sessions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the meeting’s spotlight theme: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change; and on TRB’s three hot topics: Transportation Resilience, Transportation and Public Health, and Transformational Technologies. The meeting is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from throughout the United States and 70 other countries.

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