The University Transportation Center for Alabama is proud to recognize Ms. Frances Katalyn Lee Green as its 2010 Student of the Year. Ms. Green, who grew up in Montgomery, AL, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in transportation engineering.
Ms. Green enrolled in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama in 2007. Ms. Green demonstrated strong performance in the classroom, and in her junior year she was named a University of Alabama Scholar Student. She took an interest in transportation engineering, enrolling in graduate-level transportation-engineering courses as part of the Scholar Student program.
Ms. Green was also active in transportation research. She worked as a research assistant to Dr. Yingyan Lou, and she wrote a literature review on contra-flow planning for hurricane evacuation for a project under consideration for funding.
In addition, Ms. Green served as a chair of the Society of Women Engineers Fundamentals of Engineering Review Committee from 2008 to 2010 and as Editor/Marshall for the UA chapter of Chi Epsilon from 2010 to 2011.
The formal presentation of the Student of the Year award occurred in Washington, DC, during the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting. Accompanying Ms. Green to the awards banquet were Dr. Daniel S. Turner, UTCA’s founding executive director; Dr. Jay K. Lindly, UTCA’s current executive director; and Dr. Yingyan Lou, Ms. Green’s advisor.
Ms. Green received her bachelor degree in May 2011. She will continue transportation-related research as a full-time graduate student at the University of Alabama in the fall.