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Student of the Year Award
2014-2015 Recipient

Debbie Shinstine

Recent UW graduate Debbie Shinstine was honored 2014 MPC Outstanding Student of the Year at the 17th Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Winter Banquet.

A Cheyenne, WY, native, Shinstine earned a B.S. in civil engineering at the UW and an M.S. in civil engineering at the University of Arizona. Shinstine earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming in May 2014. For her dissertation, she developed a method for identifying high-risk crash locations on Indian reservation roads for the purpose of assisting tribes improve safety on their roadways. The method has been implemented on the Wind River Indian Reservation. This work included crash data analysis, incorporating logistic statistical modeling of crash severity and implementation of livability and sustainability measures.

Since her graduation, Shinstine has expanded her research as a post-doctorate to implement this methodology on reservations throughout the Mountain-Plains region and is currently working with three tribes in North Dakota and South Dakota.

She has 25 years of professional experience in civil engineering both in private practice and public service with a PE in three states. Prior to returning to the university to pursue her PhD, she worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation managing maintenance, construction and land use.

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