The 12th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony took place on January 13, 2003, during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 82nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. For the past 11 years, DOT has honored the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center for her/his achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the Year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership. Each student received a certificate presented by RSPA Administrator Ellen Engleman and FHWA Deputy Administrator J. Richard Capka, and $1,000 from the student's UTC. Traditionally, all awardees have been affiliated with the UTC program administered by RSPA, with funding from the FHWA and FTA. This year, in the spirit of "ONE DOT", the Department for the fifth time also honored an awardee from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Centers of Excellence Program.