Anne-Marie McDonnell (1996) received a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1986. She recently retired from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) after 35 years of service with a career encompassing a wide variety of research and engineering challenges.
Her research included the evaluation and implementation of advanced technologies including pavement management systems and weigh-in-motion technologies. She led in the coordination of numerous collaborative programs, including the Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief funds and the Strategic Highway Research Program in CT. Recently, she was a leader in the development and implementation of a Transportation Asset Management Program for CTDOT. McDonnell was active in national, international and regional transportation organizations on numerous committees and leadership roles including Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
McDonnell collaborated with the University of Connecticut on projects throughout her career including work on pavements, bridge weigh-in-motion, materials and winter highway maintenance. A highlight of this collaboration was receiving the Best Paper Award together with Dr. Richard Christenson and Dr. Sarira Motaref at the 2012 International Conference on Weigh-In-Motion. McDonnell served as secretary to the Joint Highway Research Council between UConn and CTDOT and as liaison for numerous projects. McDonnell also served as the CTDOT coordinator for the university Senior Design projects.
McDonnell proudly shares that all members of her family are UConn alumni, husband Michael, M.S. CE 1997, daughters Alyssa, M.S. ARE 2021 and Christina, B.A. DMD (Digital Media Design) 2021.