About Roy Jorgensen

Roy E. Jorgensen, founder of Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc., was a degreed civil engineer graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and a licensed professional engineer. His career began with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads (now the Federal Highway Administration) in the late 1930s and progressed to become Deputy State Highway Engineer and Chief Engineer of the State of Connecticut. He later became Engineering Counsel for the National Highway Users Conference in Washington, DC, where he was active in encouraging improved highway management practices in the state highway departments across the United States. In this capacity, he developed and implemented a successful series of National Highway Management Conferences that continued for many years.

His great interest in the application of best management practices to highway operations led him to begin a specialized highway management consulting firm in 1961. Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc. has grown to a staff of over 600 and expanded the management techniques applied to the highway industry to other sectors, including the maintenance management of toll roads, building facilities, and port facilities for both private and public owners in the United States and around the world.

Memorial Scholarship

With the passing of Roy Jorgensen in 2004, the Board of Directors established a Roy E. Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship Foundation to honor his outstanding career and to continue his commitment to supporting the academic goals of young men and women dedicated to improving their lives and the lives of others. He was the product of a Levi Strauss Company scholarship that allowed him (one of six brothers in a Danish immigrant family) to pursue an engineering degree. A scholarship award is made each year in August based upon an evaluation of the qualifying applications submitted. Award criteria and application forms can be downloaded below.

Downloadable Forms

Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients


Tyler Kleinsasser is pursuing a Masters of Civil Engineering and Engineering Management degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the goal of securing a role in the highway infrastructure and construction field.


Brianna-Michelle Duba is pursuing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with the goal of becoming a certified Professional Engineer.


Cameron Taylor is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Amy Wyman is a doctoral candidate at the Oregon State University in Civil Engineering, previously having completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University.


Kailee Unangst,a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering student at Georgia Tech University. She graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in May 2019. Kailee is a Maryland resident


Vanessa LeBow, a master’s student at the University of Arkansas majoring in Civil Engineering

Jessica Francis, a Civil Engineering Major at West Virginia University.


Brandon Quinn, a Maryland resident and senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.


Joseph Malloy, a 5th year senior at Washington State University majoring in civil engineering and business.

David Jacobs, a master’s student at Columbia University in civil engineering. David received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Arcadia University.


Frank Weiss, a 5th year senior in construction engineering management at Marquette University.

Nick Farenchak, a doctorate student in transportation engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver. Nick received bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees from West Chester University and Lafayette College.


Kelly Fearon, a Maryland resident and a senior at the University of Delaware majoring in civil engineering.  Kelly’s interest is in highway transportation, where she served as intern at the state and local levels.


Lisa Larsen, a doctorate student in civil engineering with a transportation engineering emphasis at Texas A & M University at College Station, Texas. She completed earlier bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Brigham Young University and Texas A&M University respectively.


Katherine Kortum, a doctorate student in Civil (Transportation) Engineering at the University of Texas Austin. Katherine previously received a Master of Science in civil engineering at the University of Texas Austin and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.


Brandon Kearse, a transportation planning student pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering at Georgia Tech University. Brandon previously received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech University.


Samantha Passman, a civil engineering senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University.


Kelly Donmoyer, a civil engineering student enrolled in a five-year combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program at Villanova.


Mshadoni Smith, a doctorate student in civil engineering at Georgia Tech University. Mshadoni previously received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering from Michigan State University.


Conor Obyrne, a fourth-year student at the University of Colorado pursuing degrees in civil engineering and construction management.