Austin Conner named 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year

Austin Conner named 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year


The MTIC is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center. It includes the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University, the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky, the Center for Transportation Innovation and Logistics and Distribution Institute at the University of Louisville and the Eastern Seaboard Intermodal Transportation Application Center at Hampton University.For the past 20 years, the Transportation Research Board selects an Outstanding Student of the Year.


Austin Conner is a graduate of the bachelor of science in civil Engineering from J.B. Speed School of engineering. He is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering and focusing on Structural Engineering. He plans to graduate in spring 2014 with his MEng degree. He will then be pursing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the university. From January 2011 to May 2013, Austin worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as a student engineer.


Austin is a current Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He assists Dr. Young Hoon Kim as a GTA, and conducts research to investigate the structural performance of composite reinforcements embedded in concrete systems. He is specifically researching the application of glass fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement (GFRP) into bridge deck elements.


  • Triangle Fraternity (alumnus)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter
  • Society of Porter Scholars
  • Chi Epsilon: Civil Engineering Honor Society