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Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement

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  • Awarded annually since 1998.
  • Named in honor of Marlin J. Knutson, P.E., the second President/CEO of the American Concrete Pavement Association. During his career, Knutson was a tireless advocate of applied research and technology.
  • Presented to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to advance the development and implementation of technical innovations and best practices in the design and construction of concrete pavements.
  • Nominations may be made by any member.
  • Selected by vote of Board of Directors and Strategic Board of Advisors.

Also see other ACPA Awards.


Larry Scofield (center) holds the 2014 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement, as Marlin J. Knutson (left) and Jerry Voigt (right) look on.
Mike Darter accepting the 2012 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement.
Jeff Roesler accepting the 2011 Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement.
  • 2017—Tyler Ley, Ph.D., P.E., Oklahoma State University- In recognition of his enthusiastic approach to learning, researching, teaching and innovating, which has had a positive impact beyond your students to your colleagues in the concrete paving industry. Also, for technical accomplishments , notably the Super Air Meter (SAM), which has become a core component of the concrete pavement industry’s drive for Performance Engineered Mixtures.
  • 2016—The William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J.- In recognition of supporting the comprehensive needs of the aviation community, including state-of-the-art pavement design tools and technical standards to meet the demands of today’s new large aircraft.
  • 2015—Julie M. Vandenbossche, Ph.D., P.E., University of Pittsburgh- In recognition of more than 25 years of accomplishments in the field of concrete pavement research, particularly your work on the design of concrete overlays on asphalt pavements.The design models offer the concrete pavement industry new opportunities in the industry’s quest to provide quality alternatives to traditional asphalt resurfacing.
  • 2014—Larry Scofield, P.E., International Grooving & Grinding Association- In recognition of Scofield’s decisive role in developing and implementing the Next Generation Concrete Surface technology; development of the SPS-2 state-sponsored pooled fund study; and steadfast support of the industry and transportation agencies through passion, hard work, expertise, and solid technical guidance.
  • 2013—MNRoad – In recognition of MnROAD, Minnesota's Cold Weather Road Research Facility,where agency and industry ideas are put to the test. This award is presented as a tribute to MnRoad’s commitment to learning and putting ideas into practice.
  • 2012 – Dr. Mike Darter – Applied Research Associates – In recognition of many contributions to concrete pavement research and engineering, and the many engineers trained through your life’s work. Among your numerous technical milestones are leadership in the development of: The Pavement Condition Index; National Pavement Performance Models; MEPDG - Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide; and 1993 AASHTO Overlay Design Procedure.
  • 2011 – Jeffrey Roesler, P.E. – University of Illinois – For a persistent pursuit of research to advance thin, economical concrete pavement systems. Of highest acknowledgment is the development of the most advanced design procedure for thin concrete overlays on asphalt, which includes groundbreaking work to unlock the science behind the structural benefit of fiber reinforcement for thin slabs.
  • 2010 – Dale Harrington, P.E. – National Concrete Pavement Technology Center – For a passionate commitment to working collaboratively with others to truly make a difference—and particularly for leadership and vision in creating the Integrated Materials and Construction Practices Manual, the CP Road Map, and the Guide to Concrete Overlays, which have impacted best practices throughout the nation.
  • 2009 – Rodney Joel, P.E. – Federal Aviation Administration, Safety and Standards Branch – For meritorious service to the transportation community, and notably, for significant improvements in concrete airfield design and construction—and particularly for the design of stabilized and drainable bases and the use of mechanistic pavement thickness design—have greatly improved concrete pavements throughout the nation.
  • 2008 – Thomas J. Yager (retired); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – For commitment and service to the transportation-construction community by advancing concrete pavement testing, research, and development, with particular emphasis on friction. The award also recognizes the efforts in research and development of transverse grooving to counteract hydroplaning, thereby improving aircraft tire performance on wet pavement.
  • 2007 – James H. Woodstrom, P.E. (retired); Caltrans – For commitment and service to the transportation industry in advancing concrete pavement testing, research, and development. Recognized among his accomplishments is his pivotal role in research and development for many of the designs, procedures and specifications used by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), including the plain jointed concrete pavements that have become the standard across the world.
  • 2006 – National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) – For commitment and service to the concrete pavement industry in advancing concrete pavement research, technology transfer, and technology implementation. Among the growing list of accomplishments is the key role in developing and advancing the Concrete Pavement Road Map, which holds great promise for the future of concrete pavement technology.
  • 2005 – The Transtec Group and Federal Highway Administration – For outstanding achievement in developing the HIPERPAV software program, which has improved the knowledge of concrete paving contractors and engineers on the factors that influence construction quality. This program reflects positively on the value and power of public-private partnerships.
  • 2004 – Robert F. Steffes, PCC Research Engineer, Center for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Technology, Iowa State University – For outstanding achievement in the field of research and development, notably the development of longitudinal joint forming, an innovative method of forming longitudinal joints into concrete pavements. This award also recognizes your many innovations over the years that have resulted in quality concrete pavements.
  • 2003 – David E. Wittwer, Wittwer Paving, Inc. – For outstanding work and contributions to develop, implement, and promote practices used to attain “super-smooth” concrete pavements.
  • 2002 – David L. Rettner and the Minnesota Department of Transportation Metro Division – For conceptualizing, engineering and promoting the I-35W “60-Year Pavement” project, setting new standards for PCC pavement design and construction in the U.S., and raising awareness of the long-term performance of concrete pavements.
  • 2001 – Pavement Research Center, University of California, Berkeley; Western States Chapter ACPA and California Department of Transportation – For leadership as a key participant of the California I-10 team, and for innovative technical contributions.
  • 2000 – Kansas Department of Transportation – For ongoing contributions in setting smoothness standards for concrete pavements.
  • 1999 – Jimmie Thompson, Ash Grove Cement Company – For advancing concrete pavement quality through enhanced material design, teaching and leadership, and an unprecedented personal commitment to the concrete pavement industry.
  • 1998 – Tennessee Department of Transportation