Hawkins named Texas district Transportation Engineer of the Year

Dr. H. Gene Hawkins, associate professor and head of the Transportation and Materials Division in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named TexITE Transportation Engineer of the Year.Dr. H. Gene HawkinsThe award recognizes an individual member of TexITE for outstanding practice, teaching, or research of the science and art of transportation engineering in the State of Texas. Given annually by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Texas District, the award is the highest individual award within TexITE.Hawkins holds a joint appointment as a research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) and serves as an associate director of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center with responsibility for the Transportation Scholars Program at Texas A&M. He received three degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.Before joining the Texas A&M faculty, Hawkins worked for TTI for 18 years. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector for consulting firms in Bryan and Houston. Hawkins' primary fields of interest are traffic control devices/systems, traffic control standards, human factors, retroreflectivity and visibility. Hawkins is a nationally recognized expert in the area of traffic control devices and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Some of his most well-known work includes articles and presentations on the history of the MUTCD and usage guidelines for traffic control devices, such as the TxDOT Sign Crew Field Book, Freeway Signing Handbook and Pavement Marking Handbook.