The 14th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony took place on January 8, 2005, during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 84th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. For 14 years, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has honored the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center (UTC) 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 from DOT and $1,000 from the student's UTC. Traditionally, all awardees have been affiliated with the UTC program administered by the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), with funding from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. For the seventh time, DOT also honored an awardee from the Federal Aviation Administration's Centers of Excellence Program.