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University of Central Florida's Mohamed Abdel-Aty Honored With ARTBA's National Research Award

Wed February 16, 2022 - National Edition

Mohamed Abdel-Aty
Mohamed Abdel-Aty

Mohamed Abdel-Aty, a professor and trustee chair at the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, is the 2022 recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's (ARTBA) prestigious S.S. Steinberg Award.

Named after the founding president of ARTBA's Research & Education Division (RED), the Steinberg Award recognizes "an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education."

Abdel-Aty has been a professor for 27 years, serving as a teacher and mentor to many students. He has supervised the completion of 36 Ph.D. and 60 master's degree students and is currently advancing 18 more Ph.D. candidates.

Several of Abdel-Aty's students have been given Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) awards, which honor outstanding transportation students, faculty and leaders for their accomplishments in the field of transportation research and education. He also has designed and established the first master's degree in Engineering in Smart Cities in the United States.

Under Aty's leadership, UCF's Transportation Science and Technology program has increased its ranking to 29th in the world and 5th in the country. UCF's Civil Engineering department is ranked in the top 40 in the United States in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020 ranking.

A member of the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida (ASEMFL), Aty also was the recipient of ARTBA's Lifetime Achievement Safety Award in 2019. He also has received the 2020 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

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