March 2019: Congratulations to RailTEC’s Geordie Roscoe, a 2019 recipient of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department’s Ira O. Baker Prize. He will receive his first place award at the CEE 2019 Awards Convocation on April 13. Geordie has been helping conduct RailTEC Capacity & Systems Analysis research since the summer of 2017.
In addition to Geordie, in the past three years two additional RailTEC students have received this award. In 2017 Tom Roadcap took first place and in 2016 Weixi Li took second. The winner’s names are engraved on a plaque in the crane bay of Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory.
The purpose of the Baker Prize is to recognize outstanding seniors and is the highest honor a graduating CEE senior can receive. In addition to superior scholastic achievement, CEE faculty select winners based on a student’s activities in organizations and on personal characteristics that include initiative, reliability, and potential. The Baker Prize has been awarded to the top-ranking CEE seniors every spring since 1924. The award is named after Ira O. Baker, a civil engineering faculty member from 1875 to 1925, and Department Head for 39 of the 50 years.