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UA Student to Receive Traffic Engineering Scholarship

160479, studio headshot of ALSITE scholarship winner Ashley McDonald, shot 04-12-16

Ashley McDonald

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A University of Alabama student will receive the 2016 Billy Jones Memorial Traffic Engineering Scholarship Award from the Alabama Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Ashley McDonald, a junior studying civil engineering from Frisco, Texas, plans to use the scholarship to pursue a civil engineering career focusing on transportation. She will be recognized at the annual ALSITE meeting on June 8-10 in Gulf Shores.

The scholarship honors Billy Jones, an engineer for the Alabama Highway Department and ALSITE member who was killed in a traffic accident in 1999. Jones was an avid supporter of the organization’s Annual Scholarship Auction.

ALSITE was founded in 1973 as an affiliate of ITE to represent engineers in Alabama’s growing transportation field.

Founded in 1930, the ITE is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals. ITE has a membership of 13,000 transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators and researchers and other professionals. The organization aims to integrate technological advances and scientific principles into research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.