By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering
In October, Mary McCarthy, Director of Training at the Training and Technical Assistance Center (T2 Center) at UConn, was named a “Woman of the Year” awardee by the Connecticut chapter of WTS, an international organization that is helping to advance women in all fields of the transportation industry by providing mentorship, professional development, networking, education, recognition, leadership and much more.
McCarthy, who has been with UConn for 20 years, has focused her time working with public works and transportation professionals on training and professional development at the T2 Center—counting nearly 3,000 professionals each year as students.
Every year, the Connecticut chapter awards the Women of the Year designation to a female leader in transportation who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. The awardee must have directly contributed to the advancement of women and minorities through programs or opportunities in the transportation field, according to the organization.
According to her award application, “Mary, through her passion and care for this group of underserved professionals has helped the T2 Center become the trusted transportation training resource in Connecticut. Mary is an exceptional leader of a team of all women and, each day, inspires them to rise to new heights and to best utilize their skills and knowledge to support our stakeholders. Once an employee joins Mary’s team, they thrive and grow under her mentorship. Last year, 2020, provided many challenges and hurdles in our ability to provide training and technical assistance but, even during COVID-19, Mary and team delivered 75 critical trainings and guided a leadership program cohort to the completion of their two-year program.”
In her speech, McCarthy gave thanks to her colleagues at the T2 Center, and the work the center does for the state.
“I’m so proud to work at the T2 Center and get so much joy from being a part of this fabulous team of professionals. We’re a very small group that is incredibly productive, and we’re so dedicated to serving the public works departments around the state—always willing to go above and beyond for our towns.”
For more information on McCarthy and the T2 Center, please click here.