Transportation Academy News

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.

Girls Learn About World of Transportation at Transportation Academy

The Transportation Academy, run by the Center for Transportation Research, teaches girls about transportation safety and careers in fun ways using items such as remote control cars and a driving simulator. “I’ve been having a lot of fun. This whole experience has been great,” participant Isabelle Defreese said. “I definitely want to do it again next year. I have learned a lot.”

UT Academy Aims to Get Girls Interested in Transportation Careers

For a week this summer at UT Knoxville, middle school-aged girls will have the chance to crash remote-controlled cars, get behind the wheel of a driving simulator, examine debris leftover from a wreck and take electric bikes out for a spin. These are some of the activities that will be part of the UT Center for Transportation Research’s Transportation Academy 2010 to be held on the UT campus the week of June 14-18.