UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering and director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State, was recently elected president of the research and education division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
His appointment began Sept. 28 at the ARTBA national convention in Philadelphia.
“So many other outstanding academics in the transportation field have held this position,” Pietrucha said. “I am elated to be counted among them.”
ARTBA is the oldest and most respected national transportation construction-related association in the U.S. and has been recognized as an industry leader in growing and protecting the transportation construction market.
The research and education division helps this effort by shaping national research policy and supporting ARTBA’s advocacy and educational efforts on behalf of increased federal funding for transportation research, education and training. They also raise awareness and educate industry stakeholders, such as contractors, transportation officials and design professionals about the importance of research, education and training efforts by member institutions.
As president of the division, Pietrucha will provide strategic direction for division activities and act as a member of the overall ARTBA Executive Committee.
Pietrucha has been involved in ARTBA activities for more than 15 years. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and was president of the Council of University Transportation Centers, an organization of university-based transportation research, education and outreach units. He has also served as chair for the Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Control Devices Committee, ASCE’s Traffic and Highway Safety Committee and ITE’s Education Council.
Pietrucha, who joined the Penn State faculty in 1990, received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his doctorate degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland.