Center for Transportation Research News

Nambisan Elected President of Council of University Transportation Centers

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College of Engineering professor Shashi Nambisan has been elected president of the Council of University Transportation Centers. Nambisan, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Transportation Research, is one of the leading researchers in the area of transportation. Nambisan’s expertise led the governor of Nevada to proclaim “Shashi Nambisan Day” in recognition of his efforts to improve transportation safety in that state.

Camp to Give Students Inside Look at Knoxville, Atlanta Transit Systems

The Center for Transportation Research will give area high school students a behind-the-scenes look at public transit in Knoxville and Atlanta when it hosts its first Transit Camp July 29–31 at UT. Open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the camp is designed to spark interest in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—and to showcase focus areas, such as public transit, that might not readily come to mind when engineering and technology are discussed.

DOT Offers Aerospace, Transportation Engineers Chance at Award, Mentoring

Graduate students interested in the public sector of aviation can apply for a shot at a $10,000 award thanks to a program sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and run by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The Graduate Research Awards in Public Sector Aviation Issues pairs up to ten winners with faculty mentors to help guide them on transportation projects related to public aviation.

UT-led University Transportation Center Establishes Major Research Initiatives

The Southeastern Transportation Center has established an ambitious research program to address comprehensive transportation safety in the Southeast and beyond. The STC research topics include class modification factors, integrated simulation and safety, and exploring factors that impact safety.

Center for Transportation Research Wins $5.5 Million DOT Grant

The UT Center for Transportation Research has won a $5.5 million federal award that renews the center’s lead in the research consortium for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Region 4, the Southeastern Transportation Center.

UT Survey Finds Tennessee Drivers Feel Less Safe on Roadways

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Four out of ten drivers feel less safe on the road than they did five years ago. That’s according to a recent highway safety survey of Tennesseans conducted by the Center for Transportation Research and the Center for Applied Research and Evaluation at UT Knoxville. The biggest fear factor: distracted drivers.

Go!: Be a dear and save a deer

Lawson Bordley, a civil engineering PhD student, is the front page story of Iowa State University’s Go! e-zine, “Be a dear and save a deer: How to be a safe driver on rural roads” for his UT Rural Teenage Driver Education Program.

UT Academy Aims to Get Girls Interested in Transportation Careers

For a week, sixteen rising seventh- and eighth-grade girls will get a taste of what it is like to be an airport operations director, freight planner, highway safety engineer, traffic engineer, bike/pedestrian coordinator, or transportation planner. The girls are participants in the second annual UT Center for Transportation Research’s Transportation Academy, held on the UT Knoxville campus June 20—24.