District 6 marks the passing of one of its distinguished ITE members and Student Chapter Advisors, Dr. Edward C. Sullivan, P.E., who passed away on Monday, February 16, 2009. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1944. Dr. Sullivan earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. He also held a Master’s in Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University and was a licensed professional engineer in California.
With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Dr. Sullivan had a passion for teaching. He was a Professor in the College of Engineering and an Associate Dean at the California Polytechnic State University—San Luis Obispo. Dr. Sullivan served on the faculty at UC Berkeley prior to joining Cal Poly SLO. He was the highly-esteemed faculty advisor of the ITE student chapter at Cal Poly that has been very active since he revitalized the chapter a few years ago. Current and former students not only knew Dr. Sullivan as a great professor and role model, but as a great human being. He was always willing to share his time and knowledge to help others in his professional and personal lives.
Dr. Sullivan received many honors during his professional career and contributed to research on congestion pricing. Dr. Sullivan received the 2008 ASCE Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award for his innovative research and implementation studies on road pricing. He also received the “Best Paper” award from the TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation in 2005.
Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Sullivan’s wife of 43 years, and to his devoted family:
107 Capanna Court
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Donations in Dr. Sullivan’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Doctors without Borders.