Dr. Denver Tolliver of N.D. State University accepts the S.S. Steinberg Award from Dr. Jill Hough, program director at UGPTI.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Dr. Denver Tolliver, director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at North Dakota State University, is the 2018 recipient of ARTBA’s prestigious S.S. Steinberg Award. He was honored Jan. 13 during the association’s annual Research & Education Division (RED) meeting in Washington, D.C.

Named after the founding president of RED, the award recognizes “an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.”

Over the course of his career, Tolliver has received more than $25 million in grants from federal and state agencies. He has also authored – or co-authored – 160 transportation research publications, including reports for the Research and Innovative Technology Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Department of Roads, and several state departments of transportation.

In addition to his position at UGPTI, Tolliver is the director of the Mountain-Plains Consortium, the U.S. DOT’s University Transportation Center in Federal Region 8; director of the interdisciplinary Transportation and Logistics graduate program at North Dakota State University; executive director of the Transportation Research Forum; and, chairman of the Transportation Leadership Graduate Certificate Program.

Prior to joining North Dakota State, Tolliver was a rail planner for the North Dakota Department of Transportation and a research assistant at the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Morehead State University.