The ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI) is pleased to announce Angeli Jayme, Ph.D., EI, A.M.ASCE, of the Illinois Center for Transportation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as the 2023 recipient of the T&DI Outstanding Younger Member Award. The award was established to recognize the professional contributions of younger members of the Institute. 

Since June 2022, Dr. Jayme has been a Research Scientist at the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) but has been employed by ICT in some capacity for over a decade, where she has worked on many different transportation infrastructure and mobility projects. Her impressive portfolio includes managing projects totaling $2.5 million, focusing on critical topics such as smart mobility, energy harvesting, and 5G connectivity related to the Illinois Autonomous and Connected Track (I-ACT), pavement mechanics and modeling, warm-mix asphalt, life cycle assessment, and more. Her research contributions have expanded our understanding of pavement mechanics and provided practical solutions to industry challenges. She received both her master’s (2012) and her doctorate (2020) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her bachelor’s from the University of Nevada, Reno (2011). She is an Engineer Intern registered with the Nevada Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, issued and valid since December 2010. 

Dr. Jayme has been heavily involved in T&DI since 2014. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Highway Pavements Committee and is a member of its Task Committee of Verification & Validation of Pavement Models. She is also affiliated with the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI). Her volunteer work with ASCE and T&DI extends to serving as a reviewer for the Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part B: Pavements, the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and the T&DI International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference. Outside of ASCE, she actively engages with the Academy of Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE), contributing to the academy’s endeavors; serves as Communication Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Committee on Pavement Structural Modeling and Evaluation (AKP40); is a reviewer for the Construction and Building Materials (CBM) Journal, the International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE), and the Transportation Research Record (TRR). She plays a pivotal role at the ICT’s Illinois Autonomous and Connected Track (I-ACT) project - a future hub for cross-cutting mobility technology development, testing, and commercializing solutions. 

Dr. Jayme’s involvement with ASCE began as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) when she was the Project Manager (2011-2012), Mix Design Engineer (2010-2011), and one of the paddlers (2009-2012) for the winning UNR Concrete Canoe team. She later became founding president of the ASCE T&DI Graduate Student Organization (GSO) chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she built the bridge for collaboration between the T&DI GSO and ICT, resulting in the creation of interactive pavement engineering demonstrations for Engineering Open House visitors from local communities from 2013 to 2016. Finally, her impressive accolades, including 11 awards spanning a decade, of technical fellowships and scholarships, are a testament to her contributions and recognition from her peers and the industry. In 2021, she achieved the prestigious MIT CEE Rising Star award, solidifying her status as an emerging leader in civil and environmental engineering. At the recent Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, she received the APSE Associate Member Award, TRB K.B. Woods Award for Outstanding Paper in Transportation Infrastructure, and TRB Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems Best Paper Award. 

In her free time, Dr. Jayme practices Ashtanga yoga and has a passion for baking, particularly cakes and pastries.  She also sings in her church choir, paints, and plays the ukulele.