Transportation engineering doctoral student Alexandra “Ali” Boggs was recently honored by the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) at the Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) 28th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony.
Boggs’s research includes examining self-driving vehicle crashes and disengagements and commercial vehicle parking shortage. The title of Boggs’s dissertation is “Analysis of Automated Vehicle Crashes and Disengagements.”
In 2018 Boggs developed a week-long, CSCRS-funded accident reconstruction camp for rising 8th and 9th graders called CSI: Crash Scene Investigation. The motivation behind Boggs’s passion for transportation engineering is to help reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities and injuries.
“The victims are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, colleagues; simply loved ones who will be missed by numerous people,” said Boggs. “With my dissertation and community outreach activities, I hope to contribute to the advancement of transportation safety. I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award, and I thank the University of Tennessee faculty and staff, especially Dr. Asad Khattak, for their mentorship and support in my quest for knowledge.”
The Outstanding Student of the Year award comes with a $1,000 scholarship, the cost of attendance to the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, a certificate from the US Department of Transportation, and registration to the CUTC Awards Banquet in Washington, DC.
UT is a university collaborator in the CSCRS, which is funded by the US Department of Transportation and led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.