InTrans / Mar 07, 2016

Neal Hawkins is named InTrans associate director

Neal Hawkins

Neal Hawkins has a new title and new responsibilities at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University.

Hawkins has been named the associate director of InTrans, where he has been a researcher and center director in traffic operations, roadway safety, and asset management since 2003.

“We’re very excited that Neal will assume our first associate director’s position at InTrans,” says Shauna Hallmark, InTrans director and a professor in the ISU Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. “Neal has a long and successful record as a researcher, center director, and someone who has developed and sustained partnerships with transportation agencies throughout the nation.”

In his new role, Hawkins will lead efforts in strategic planning, economic development, and external and internal relations, and seek opportunities to create new interdisciplinary research and outreach projects. He will continue to lead an active research program.

“These are truly exciting times at InTrans given the growth we have experienced, quality of faculty, staff, and students we have attracted, and our consistent project wins at the local, regional, and national levels,” Hawkins says. “All of this progress, of course, creates the need for additional administrative efforts in terms of focus, consistency, and strategic decision making. The associate director position provides this critical dedicated time and focus in supporting InTrans sustainable growth, research excellence, and focused industry support.”

Hawkins currently is the director of two InTrans centers: CTRE (Center for Transportation Research and Education) and CWIMS (Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety). He also is manager of the Federal Highway Administration’s Aurora Pooled Fund for Roadway Weather Information Systems, and he is an adjunct lecturer in civil engineering at ISU.

Before coming to InTrans in 2003, Hawkins was a traffic engineer for the City of Des Moines and was a senior project manager for HR Green, a regional engineering and consulting firm.

Hawkins has two degrees in civil engineering, a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.S. from ISU.

ISU’s Institute for Transportation administers 15 centers and programs that are leaders in transportation research, outreach, education, and workforce development.


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