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The County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan Engineering Committee, on Feb. 10, named Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Traffic-Safety Department Director Danielle Deneau PE the 2020 CRA Urban Engineer of the Year.
“CRA’s Engineer of the Year Award honors the best of the best in innovation at county road agencies,” RCOC Managing Director Dennis Kolar said. “Danielle has gone above and beyond in improving the county road network. Her contributions have been instrumental in making Oakland’s roads among the safest in the world for a community our size and population.”
Deneau is known internationally for her expertise in traffic-signal systems and connected-vehicle technology. She has worked at RCOC for 27 years and leads the road commission’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) initiatives.
The annual CRA Engineering Awards recognize county road agency engineers across the state in both rural and urban areas.
Deneau, a resident of Novi and is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. She has overseen and been involved with numerous cutting-edge connected-vehicle projects, testing new technologies that allow the road infrastructure to communicate with vehicles.
The projects have included partners such as the Federal Highway Administration, most major automotive manufacturers, many top tier auto suppliers and transportation technology manufacturers and consultants as well the Michigan Department of Transportation. She has also been active with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS), the federal Transportation Research Board and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan (ITS Michigan).
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Editor’s Note: A photo of Danielle Deneau is attached.