Vehicles carrying hazardous materials are a part of everyday traffic in the modern world, with 1.2 million shipments a day in the United States alone. Most drivers aren’t aware of this—until something goes awry.
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UT’s David Clarke recently took part in a show on NPR discussing railroad safety.
The nighttime safety of drivers and passengers on Tennessee’s highways could soon be greatly improved thanks to a new research project through the Center for Transportation Research. The high number of injuries and deaths from traffic incidents prompted agencies such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations to recognize their epidemic proportion.
The Center for Transportation Research has reaffirmed its status as a preeminent research center by announcing the establishment of the Faculty Fellows Program.
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.
The most recognizable number for alternative fuel proponents has long been E-85—which indicates a much higher ethanol content than most fuels—but thanks in part to efforts from a UT group, that could soon give way to a new number: I-75.
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.
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.
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.
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.