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California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Bernardino

Leonard Transportation Center

Director: Gaylon C. “Rusty” Thornton
ph. (909) 537-5036


Transportation plays a major role in the Inland Empire of Southern California, and the William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center is the voice for an integrated and sustainable transportation system in our region. The Inland Empire is an inland port region expected to grow exponentially in the logistics and transportation sector. The region, with informed decisions, can use this growth to develop a strong economic base.

Our focal points include transportation management, the impacts of technology on transportation and logistics, and transnational studies. Research informs our approach to addressing these matters. Research also influences our education initiatives and community outreach efforts, which in turn substantiate policy produced by the LTC. The Center seeks solutions to assist residents, businesses, government and nonprofit agencies, and international partners work together on improving sustainability and life in the Inland Empire.

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation, the National USDOT University Transportation Center for Safety

Director: Raj Rajkumar
ph. (412) 268-8707

Secondary Contact: Stan Caldwell
ph. (412) 268-9505


Primary Research Goals: About 35,000 lives are lost every year due to road accidents in the US. In intersections alone, there are about 8,500 fatalities. More than a million accidents and injuries per year take a major toll on productivity. Most accidents occur due to human errors such as distractions, tiredness or other forms of impairment. Traffic delays cause driving commuters to spend an aggregate week stuck in traffic every year, leading to huge losses in productivity. TSET is a University Transportation Center that focuses on technologies that will make transportation safer and more efficient. The following complimentary technology thrust areas are designed to make crashes rare events rather than the normal expected events that they are today:

  • In-vehicle safety technologies

Sensors and actuators within vehicles will assist the human driver by performing around-the-vehicle sensing, looking ahead, communicating using V2V and V2I, fusing sensors and notifying the driver of unsafe conditions and intervening when necessary.

  • Infrastructure safety technologies

Smart traffic light controllers will be used to make Intersections safer, smart bridges will track their own structural health and prevent untimely failures, smart public transit will make access to parking and mass transit easier and faster, and automatic road surface monitoring will lead to well-maintained roads.

  • Human factors

human-vehicle interactions will pro-actively infer driver preferences, and issue notifications without overloading the driver.

  • Large-scale mobility and data analytics

Off-line processing of traffic datasets will identify safe and fast routes as well as dangerous and accident-prone zones. Real-time navigation assistance integrated with social networking technologies will offer up-to-date traffic information and enable drivers to reach their destinations faster and safer.

In addition, UTC-TSET strives to educate both campuses about the transportation sector through graduate seminar series on various transportation topics, faculty seminar series presentations, systems synthesis projects, and a summer program for grades k – 12.

Facilities: The lab spaces and groups include:

  • Vision and Autonomous Systems Center (VASC)
  • CMU Robotics Institute
  • The Field Robotics Center
  • Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLT)
  • Traffic21
  • General Motors Collaborative Research Lab
  • National Robotics Engineering Center
  • NavLab
  • The Intelligent Coordination and Logistic Laboratory
  • Institute for Complex Engineered Systems
  • Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research
  • The Human Computer Interaction Institute
  • iLab
  • People Image Analysis Consortium
  • CyLab
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Vehicle Electrification Group
  • Create Lab

City College of New York, The

City College of New York, The

CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems

Director: Camille Kamga, Ph.D.
ph. (212) 650-8050

Secondary Contact: Neville Parker, Ph.D.
ph. (212) 650-8054


Primary Research Goals: UTRC as a consortium of universities in the Federal Region 2, pursues a research program designed to address the distinct transportation challenges facingour nation in general and our region in particular. Our nation’s transportation system is being pushed to its limits, and demands on the system will increase because of trends in population growth, technological change, and the increased globalization and competitiveness of the economy. UTRC recognizes that stovepipe approaches to solve transportation problems are not appropriate for the complex issues of the 21st Century. UTRC promotes research that supports the USDOT Strategic Goals to improve public health and safety, foster livable communities, ensure that transportation assets are maintained in a state of good repair, support the Nation’s long-term economic competitiveness, and work to achieve achieve environmental sustainability. In addition, UTRC focuses on research that helps advance the state of the practice in planning and management of regional transportation systems and that addresses concerns specific to Region 2. UTRC is uniquely positioned to educate and train the future generation of professionals and is committed to preparing the transportation workforce to plan and manage the complex transportation systems of the future.

Facilities: Centers and Institutes: Institute for Transportation Systems, Universal Transportation Modal Simulation Center, Center for Logistics and Transportation, Center for Sustainable Energy, Center on Terrorism, CUNY Aviation Institute, Pavement Management Laboratory; Other Specializations: transit operations, economic modeling, asset management, GIS/GPS/mobile technology

Florida International University

Florida International University

Accelerated Bridge Construction-University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC)

Director: Atorod Azizinamini, P.E.
ph. (305) 348-3821

Secondary Contact: Mohammad Hadi, P.E.
ph. (305) 348-0092


Primary Research Goals: The primary objective of the ABC-UTC is to reduce the societal costs of bridge construction by reducing the duration of work zones, focusing special attention on preservation, service life, construction costs, education of the profession, and development of a next-generation workforce fully equipped with ABC knowledge. Specific research objectives of the ABC-UTC include:

  • Extend principles of ABC to the repair, replacement and preservation of bridges, including multi-hazards and seismic issues.
  • Enhance the service life of bridges constructed using principles of ABC by emphasizing design for service life (at the design stage), preservation, and timely maintenance.
  • Assess effects of climate change, especially of sea level rise and precipitation patterns on bridges, and develop a general framework for agencies to take timely action.
  • In collaboration with other UTCs that will be funded, especially those that will concentrate on highway safety, develop traffic safety systems specifically for modular bridge construction for all traffic levels.
  • Develop decision tools, guidelines, and specifications for adopting principles of ABC for local agencies.
  • In collaboration with other UTCs that will be funded, develop policy frameworks for rapid implementation of ABC principles.
  • Building on existing knowledge, develop the next generation of decision-making tools for better communication among stakeholders, which should assess the merits of various construction processes and visualize the entire life span of bridges in a seamless manner from birth to recycling.


FIU Facilities– Transportation research is a major strategic area of the Engineering College at FIU. In the structural area, the Titan America Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory is one of the largest full-scale testing facilities in the State of Florida, with a total area of 6375 ft2 of floor space. The Titan America Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory will allow for full scale testing. FIU’s wind testing facility, the Wall of Wind (WoW), is a first-of-its-kind wind testing system designed to generate sustained wind speeds of up to 156 mph.

FIU’s Integrated Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory (IITS) is one of very few ITS labs in the nation that have the capability to receive real-time video feeds from Traffic Management Centers (TMCs). FIU also houses a Driving Simulation Laboratory which includes a high-fidelity driving simulator that interfaces with an actual automobile, providing a realistic setting for conducting work zone safety and human factor research.

UNR Facilities– UNR houses some of the most advanced facilities for structural/seismic testing in the country. The James E. Rogers and Louis Wiener Large-Scale Structures Laboratory is equipped with four shake tables. This lab received the 2007 Best Experimental Site Innovation Award from the NEES Consortium in recognition of its expertise and innovation in experimental simulation.

ISU Facilities– At ISU, the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC) was established in 1986 with the mission to provide cost-effective bridge engineering solutions to bridge owners at the federal, state, and local levels. The BEC is housed within the Institute for Transportation (InTrans).

Florida State University

George Mason University

George Mason University

Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

Director: Jonathan Gifford, Ph.D.
ph. (703) 993-2275

Secondary Contact: Sue Woods
ph. (703) 993-4997


Primary Research Goals: The Center for Transportation P3 Policy conducts research to advance objective consideration of public-private partnerships in transportation system renewal and development. U.S. transportation funding, financing and program delivery are changing rapidly and the Center supports sound policy research in response to a host of evolving critical transportation infrastructure needs. Two of our fundamental objectives are to supply case studies and research on a range of subjects that advances sound P3 policy. In addition to case studies, research outputs include peer-reviewed journal articles, participation in research conferences by organizing sessions and presenting research results, working papers, white papers, and research briefs.

Facilities: As part of the George Mason School of Policy, Government and, International Affairs, the Center, located at the Arlington, VA campus just three miles from the U.S. Capitol, brings together commercial, government and legislative stakeholders with academics and graduate students to accelerate transportation solutions.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology

National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM)

Director: Michael Hunter, Ph.D.
ph. (404) 894-2236

Secondary Contact: Michael Rogers
ph. (404) 385-5134


Primary Research Goals: The National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM) focuses on research, education and technology transfer that is multi-modal, multi-disiplinary, multi-sector and needs-driven. The theme of NCTSPM is transportation systems performance and management, and its focus is on addressing critical interactions between safety, state-of-good-repair, and economic competitiveness. NCTSPM is a collaboration between Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Transportation Institute, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and each university’s state Department of Transportation.

Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Midwest Transportation Center (MTC)

Director: Shauna Hallmark
ph. (515) 294-5249


Primary Research Goals: The Midwest Transportation Center, or MTC, is one of 10 regional University Transportation Centers sponsored by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. DOT. The MTC is funded by the 2012 federal transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

The MTC program is an Iowa State University-led partnership with the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), Wichita State University (WSU), Creighton University (CU), Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), and Seward County Community College (SCCC) (as a collaborator). Together, we pursue MTC’s theme – Data Driven Performance Measures for Enhanced Infrastructure Condition, Safety, and Project Delivery – through research, education, outreach, and technology transfer.

Our research program serves as a focal point within the region and nationally for research that develops data driven performance measures for Infrastructure Condition, Safety, and Project Delivery. The research focus area for the MTC is “State of Good Repair,” a key program under MAP-21. By beginning with the research itself, we develop products that are useful to national, state, regional, and local transportation agencies while continually providing leadership in the next generation of technology transfer. With the goal of developing the next generation of transportation professionals and providing opportunities for current professionals, education drives many of our efforts. One of these efforts is Go! magazine, which is a free, educational e-zine aimed to stimulate young minds about the vast educational and career possibilities in transportation.

Facilities: The MTC is housed at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), the transportation research center at Iowa State University, and due to its location in central Iowa is able to tap into facilities at Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Transportation. InTrans serves as an umbrella organization for seven discrete university centers and five long-term funded programs. Together, these programs, along with resources at our partner universities, provide broad expertise and a collaborative-multi-disciplined approach to problem solving and in addressing the issues related to the State of Good Repair.

Jackson State University

Jackson State University

Institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTRANS)

Director: Feng Wang, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (601) 979-1878

Secondary Contact: Felix Okojie

Who We Are
In August 2005, President Bush signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). With his signature, funding was authorized to create a University Transportation Center at Jackson State University.

The Institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTrans) is that Center. The Center officially began on August 1, 2006 and during the past year we have focused on creating a foundation for success. Some of our accomplishments include developing a strategic plan that has been approved by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, hiring a Director, Business Manager, Research Associate and students, setting up advisory committees, launching our website, creating our logo, issuing our first call for research proposals and funding proposals in our three mission areas of research, education, and technology transfer.

Our Theme
The Institute for Multimodal Transportation, or IMTrans, is a federally designated University Transportation Center. Our mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the management of metropolitan mobility through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer activities that combine the multiple modes of transportation into a comprehensive, integrated transportation system.

The theme of the Center is managing metropolitan mobility. This theme capitalizes on the proud tradition of JSU as Mississippi’s urban university and the US DOT’s strategic objective of improving mobility. The center places special focus on management and planning strategies that can address congestion mitigation and the following goals:

  • Increase transit ridership
  • Improve capital and operating efficiencies
  • Improve safety and emergency preparedness
  • Protect the environment and promote energy independence

Kansas State University

Kansas State University

The University Transportation Center

Director: Robert W. Stokes, Ph.D.
ph. (785) 532-1586

Secondary Contact: Mustaque Hossain
ph. (785) 532-1576

Primary Research Goals: The Transportation Research Center at Kansas State University is a research organization dedicated to bringing together transportation professionals, educators, and researchers to identify transportation problems—and to solving them. The theme of the Center is The Sustainability and Safety of Rural Transportation Systems and Infrastructure. This theme is selected to complement the mission and direction of Kansas State University and to meet the needs of the Kansas Department of Transportation and the rural transportation community as a whole. Research at the center will also fill a national need, specifically focusing on the sustainability and safety of rural transportation systems and infrastructure in the context of a declining and aging rural population.

Facilities: Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory

Marshall University

Marshall University

Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute

Director: Wael A. Zatar
ph. (304) 696-6043

Secondary Contact: Frank Betz
ph. (304) 528-7262


The Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) is a leader in multimodal transportation and economic development in West Virginia and the surrounding 13 state Appalachian Region. RTI is recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for transportation excellence focused on applied technology, research, education, outreach and training. RTI is also the lead research institution in the Multimodal Transportation and Infrastructure Consortium (MTIC) funded through the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

New England University Transportation Center

Director: Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.
ph. (617) 253-4978

Secondary Contact: Adam Lovett
ph. (617) 253-0753


Primary Research Goals: The New England University Transportation Center focuses its research investments on safety and livable communities. With an emphasis on highways and transit, three integrated technology research categories are addressed by the Center’s research, education and technology transfer activities: ubiquitous intelligence, big data and user performance across the lifespan.

MIT is the lead university in Region One, where the UTC program is administered through the New England University Transportation Center. The other schools in the New England Center consortium are: the University of Connecticut; the University of Maine; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Harvard University.

All five of these Region One schools have long-standing commitments to improve transportation in New England, which they have fulfilled through a variety of research and education activities. Region One, however, is also concerned with more far-reaching transportation issues, reflecting the fact that the Center’s members draw students and research support from around the country and the world. The Region One program is designed to take advantage of these strengths to address research topics of national, regional and international importance.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Center for Highway Pavement Preservation (CHPP)

Director: Karim Chatti, Ph.D.
ph. (517) 355-6523

Secondary Contact: Syed W. Haider
ph. (517) 353-9782


Primary Research Goals: The establishment of CHPP at Michigan State University (MSU) is in line with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation’s strategic goal of “State of Good Repair”. The CHPP Center is aimed at providing a new platform for accelerating innovation in highway pavement preservation. The establishment of CHPP at MSU will substantially assist in meeting the increasing demand for highway pavement preservation research and will further the goal of increasing the reliability and performance of the nation’s highways.The main focus of the Center is the infusion of science and innovative technology to pavement preservation. The CHPP research focus is on the development of sustainable and intelligent highway preservation solutions for pavements. The research activities focus on three main areas: (1) Materials: improved materials that can extend the lives of highway systems; (2) Monitoring: innovative sensing technologies including wireless sensor networks, and non-destructive evaluation for identifying the onset of distress and damage; and (3) Performance and Management: improved optimization and data management tools for scheduling optimal highway pavement preservation actions and strategies to improve highway asset management. The potential research topics will address both advanced and applied research. The latter directly answer some of the research needs that have been identified in the USDOT’s “Transportation System Preservation (TSP) Research, Development, and Implementation Roadmap.

Facilities: Civil Infrastructure Laboratory, Asphalt Laboratory, Composite Materials and Structures Center, Transportation Computing Laboratory, Library Facilities at Michigan State University at MSU Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL) Accelerated Transportation Loading Assembly (ATLAS), Materials Processing Facility, Traffic Operations Lab Mobile Technology at UIUC.

The UTC which MTTI is associated with is the NURail Center managed by UIUC. (

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI)

Director: Ralph J. Hodek, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (406) 487-2797

Secondary Contact: Pam Hannon
ph. (906) 487-3065


Primary Research Goals: Established in 1998, the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute is an umbrella organization bringing together cross-disciplinary centers and principle investigators to conduct a wide range of transportation focused activities including research, education and training, outreach, product development and technology transfer.

Consistent with Michigan Tech’s reputation as a premier research university, MTTI accomplishes it mission with faculty, students, professional staff, accredited laboratories and years of experience performing projects for a wide range of clients both nationally and internationally.

To date, MTTI has been awarded over $41,768,321 million in external funding for its transportation related activities and research.

Principal investigators conduct transportation research within MTTI under such transportation focus areas as:

  • Transportation Structures including bridges and pavements, geotechnical, construction, and nanotechnology related to sensors.
  • Transportation Materials including concreate, asphalt, steel, wood and aggregates.
  • Transportation Systems including waterways, traffic/safety, construction, rail, freight, air, public transportation, intelligent transportation systems, and vehicle infrastructure integration.
  • Environmental Aspects of Transportation includes environmental impacts, energy, carbon dioxide and other pollutants, fugitive dust, wildlife, flora and fauna and carbon credits.
  • Social Aspects of Transportation including policy, planning, human factors, history, economics and archeology.
  • Transportation Technology Transfer includes all outreach, management systems and workforce development programs.The UTC which MTTI is associated with is the NURail Center managed by UIUC. (

Facilities: Facilities available to MTTI research members include two Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Centers of Excellence; the Center for Structural Durability (CSD) and Transportation Materials Research Center (TMRC), a Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL), Intelligent Robotics Laboratory (IRL), the MindMusicMachine Laboratory (MMM) for Human Factors, Driving Simulator, Materials Processing and Fabrication Metal Casting Lab (Foundry), a high-performance computing laboratory on sustainable and intelligent transportation systems (SITS-Lab) and multiple PI managed transportation related labs.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology

RE-CAST University Transportation Center

Director: Kamal H. Khayat, Ph.D.
ph. (573) 341-4497

Secondary Contact: Abigayle Sherman
ph. (573) 341-7884


Primary Research Goals: The University Transportation Center (UTC) for REsearch on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST) provides a collaborative and multidisciplinary vehicle to develop the next generation of cement-based construction materials and composites. Such materials are essential to address the growing technical and environmental requirements of the transportation infrastructure. The ultimate goal of the Center’s research is to fast-track the acceptance of these technologies and develop national standards and guidelines for their use in the reconstruction of the nation’s infrastructure for the 21st Century. Our team is excited to be given the opportunity to bring their expertise (in material science, construction engineering, structural engineering, pavement engineering, and life cycle cost assessment) and ideas together in a single collaborative platform of national importance. The RE-CAST consortium is led by Missouri University Science and Technology in collaboration with Rutgers University, Southern University at Baton Rouge, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Miami. The RE-CAST consortium’s research concentrates on two Theme Areas:

  • Theme I: Innovative Materials for Accelerated and Sustainable Construction
  • Theme II: Durable Materials for Rehabilitation of Transportation Infrastructure

Within those Theme Areas, the team is working on the following Focus Areas:

  • Focus Area 1: High-Performance Concrete with Adapted Rheology (HPC-AR)
  • Focus Area 2: Sustainable Pavement Construction
  • Focus Area 3: Novel Fiber-Reinforced Composites


  • Missouri S&T Advanced Construction Materials Laboratory and Highbay Structural Laboratory
  • UIUC Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL)
  • UIUC CEE Mobile Lab
  • UIUC the Center of Excellence for Airport Technology Airport Safety Management Office
  • Rutgers University Mobile Laboratory for Field-Testing, Field Verification, and SHM
  • University of Miami Key Largo Weathering Station and Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory

Montana State University

Montana State University

Western Transportation Institute

Director: Stephen Albert
ph. (406) 994-6126

Secondary Contact: Jeralyn Brodowy
ph. (406) 994-6006

Primary Research Goals: The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) is the national’s largest transportation institute focusing on rural transportation issues. The institute was established in 1994 by the State Departments of Transportation of Montana and California, in cooperation with Montana State University – Bozeman (MSU). WTI has an annual budget exceeding $7 million and an 85 person multi-disciplinary staff of professionals, students, and associated faculty from engineering, computer science, fish an wildlife, ecology, business, and economics. WTI has been recognized as a leading institution dedicated to multi-disciplinary transportation issues and has led applied research to implement practical solutions in more than 40 states, at local, state, and federal levels, as well as conducted international work in Canada, Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, China, and Mongolia.

WTI Draws from eight integrated research areas to create solutions to rural transportation issues – safety and operations, maintenance and materials, systems engineering and integration, freight management and logistics, mobility and public transportation, and transportation planning and economics.

WTI was recently awarded the National Rural Safety Center for Excellence (FHWA) which will provide training technical support, and information to transportation practitioners to help them reduce serious injuries and fatalities on their roads.

WTI also houses the Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center, a partnership between WTI and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to address workforce development needs of the western region.

Facilities: WTI has a full suite of laboratories to support the research groups as well as access to additional laboratories and equipment, such as those on the campus of MSU. WTI labs include: The Corrosion and Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory (CSIL), The Materials Lab, The Driving Simulator Laboratory, The Murdock Naturalistic Driving Fleet and Lab, and the Systems Engineering Development and integration Laboratory, and TRANSCEND -a large-scale field research facility.

Morgan State University

Morgan State University

National Transportation Center

Director: Andrew Farkas, Ph.D.
ph. (443) 885-3761

Secondary Contact: Anita Jones
ph. (443) 885-4813


Primary Research Goals: The National Transportation Center (NTC) at Morgan State University advances U.S. technology and expertise in transportation, research, and technology transfer on the university level.

The NTC’s theme is “Transportation: A Key to Human and Economic Development.” The NTC’s current areas of research focus are sustainable transportation and traffic modeling, safety, economics and equity, transportation funding, and infrastructure’s effect on aquatic life. The center also aims to increase the number of minorities and women in transportation

Facilities: Located in the Center for Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies, a LEED certified building that houses the built environment disciplines of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture and Planning (architecture, landscape architecture and city and regional planning)