InTrans / Jun 19, 2012

Dr. Thomas Maze Inducted into Heroes Center

Dr. Thomas Maze (1952–2009), former professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU) and the first director of ISU’s Institute for Transportation, was inducted into the Heroes Center at the Iowa Transportation Museum (ITM) in Grinnell, Iowa, on May 18, 2012. He was one of 12 people to be so honored this year.

Dr. Maze was selected as a Transportation Hero by Example for his role as “an outstanding educator and a continuing influence in transportation research.” Until he died at age 57, he had a long and widely influential career at ISU as a transportation researcher, professor, and nationally renowned expert.

Dr. Maze’s wife, Leslie Maze, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, accepted the award. Other family members who attended the May 18 ceremony were his sisters, Dr. Marilyn Maze of Baldwin, Maryland, and Dr. Marty Euwema of Parker, Colorado, and her husband Mark Euwema. Several of Tom’s colleagues from ISU’s Institute for Transportation in Ames, Iowa, also attended, including Dr. Omar Smadi and Mr. Neal Hawkins, former graduate students under Dr. Maze who had nominated him for the award.

The mission of the ITM is to explore the evolution of transportation, making it come alive to enhance our understanding of how transportation systems and workers contribute to our culture and quality of life. The ITM is part of the Spaulding Center for Transportation, which is housed in Grinnell’s historic Spaulding Manufacturing Company building where thousands of horse-drawn vehicles and motor cars were produced in the early 1900s.