Ronald Eck, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University, was presented with the National Program Achievement Award by the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of their dedication, leadership and effectiveness in promoting the goals and purposes of the national Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs.
The Local Technical Assistance Program and Tribal Technical Assistance Program are composed of a network of 58 centers – one in every state, Puerto Rico and regional Centers serving tribal governments. The LTAP/TTAP Centers enable local counties, parishes, townships, cities and towns to improve their roads and bridges by supplying them with a variety of training programs, an information clearinghouse, new and existing technology updates, personalized technical assistance and newsletters.
According to Kim Carr, program coordinator for West Virginia LTAP, Eck has been involved with LTAP since the 1980s, and has always been a supporter of the organization on the state, regional and national level.
“He not only provides training and assistance for the WV LTAP, but he provides training and technical assistance for LTAPs across the country,” she said. “Ron is viewed by many to be an expert in his field. He has collaborated with the Federal Highway Administration and others to update and revise numerous materials and classes to help ensure they are beneficial to the LTAP/TTAP audience. Even after retiring as the director of the WV LTAP in 2008, Ron has continued to remain an active part of our program, and in his role as senior advisor, he continues to support our mission of helping improve transportation.”
The West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program serves the state by providing training, demonstrations, personalized technical assistance, resource materials, and other services to individuals and agencies responsible for managing and maintaining West Virginia’s roadways. It is housed in WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
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