UMass Transportation Center and UMass ITE hosted the 2017 Boyer Lecture and 18th Annual UMass ITE Tech Day
Mr. Stephen M. Woelfel, Deputy Executive Director, Office of
Transportation Planning, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
(MassDOT) was the featured speaker at the Boyer Lecture.
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 the UMass Transportation Center and UMass ITE hosted the 2017 Boyer Lecture and 18th Annual UMass ITE Tech Day. The event began with a Research Showcase featuring student poster presentations. The featured speaker for the event was Mr. Stephen M. Woelfel, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Transportation Planning, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The title of Mr. Woelfel’s talk was “Transportation Innovation in the Commonwealth.” Mr. Woelfel spoke about recent innovations in transportation, including the customer-oriented nature of MassDOT, and potential future innovations in Massachusetts.
Awards were given out at the conclusion of the Boyer Lecture. Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation received the Jane Garvey Transportation Leadership Award. William Paille, from the BSC Group was presented the UMass ITE Distinguished Alumni Award, and Alyssa Ryan received the UMass ITE Student Service Award.
William Paille (left), receives the UMass ITE Distinguished Alumni Award from Dr. Michael Knodler.
Alyssa Ryan, receives the UMass ITE Student Service Award from last year's award recipient Francis Tainter.
The Boyer Lecture was created in honor of Professor William W. Boyer, who was instrumental in the early development of the UMass Transportation Engineering Program back in the 50’s and 60’s. Many students who studied under Dr. Boyer’s supervision have gone on to become very successful practicing transportation engineers, entrepreneurs, and scholars. Professor Boyer can be credited with integrating computer applications into the transportation undergraduate and graduate curricula and with creating a highly respected and award winning ASCE Student Chapter.