In April of 2009, the
Los Angeles Section of PECG established two new awards, in
recognition of two former Caltrans Engineers, the James E.
Roberts Award and the Marilyn Jorgensen Reece Award, to be
presented annually at the Los Angeles County Science and
Engineering Fair as follows:
The James E.
Roberts Award ($1,000 cash), presented to the top male
engineering student either in the senior or junior division.
James Roberts spearheaded the worldwide highly recognizable
Caltrans Highway Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program that made
highway bridges throughout the state seismically safer. He has
demonstrated the California seismic retrofit concepts at many
conferences throughout the world.
Jorgensen Reece Award ($1,000 cash), presented to the top
female engineering student either in the senior or junior
division. Reece, an award-winning engineer, literally paved the
way for women in the field of engineering as the first licensed
female professional civil engineer (PE) in the State of
California. Senate Resolution 72, authored by Senator Debra
Bowen, has renamed the Santa Monica Freeway and San Diego
Freeway Interchange to the "Marilyn Jorgensen Reece Memorial
Interchange," after the pioneer Caltrans engineer.
Featured photos of
the 2020 Science Fair can be viewed