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Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Transportation Studies at Arizona State University

Director: Ram Pendyala
ph. (480) 727-4587

Secondary Contact: Pitu Mirchandani

ph. (480) 965 – 2758

Transportation Studies at Arizona State University is a comprehensive enterprise covering all aspects of transportation, infrastructure systems, and mobility for all. With more than 50 faculty members engaged in transportation related research and education activities, the program aims to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the transportation system while providing mobility to all through research, education, and technology transfer activities. The program is home to the Tier 1 University Transportation Center titled “Center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks” led by Arizona State University. The enterprise includes a graduate certificate in Interdisciplinary Transportation Studies along with a number of degree programs across the university that offer a transportation emphasis. Through these programs, Transportation Studies at Arizona State University aims to develop a diverse and well-educated trans-disciplinary workforce of the future. Broad areas of emphasis covered in the research, education, and technology transfer activities of the institution include:

1) Next generation equitable mobility for people and goods

2) Sustainable urban design for reducing energy and environmental footprint of transportation activity

3) Smart and durable infrastructure systems

4) Smart and advanced transportation/vehicular technologies and services

5) Computational modeling and simulation

6) Governance, policy, finance and institutional processes

California State University – Long Beach

California State University – Long Beach

Center for International Trade and Transportation

Executive Director: Dr. Thomas O’Brien
Phone: (562) 985-2875

Secondary Contact: Dr. Tyler Reeb
Phone: (562)985-2879



Primary Research Goals:  The Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) is dedicated to delivering education programs, innovative research, and community outreach in the area of goods movement. CITT is the Long Beach home for four major research centers: METRANS Transportation Center, a U.S. Department of Transportation-designated university transportation center; the U.C. Davis-led National Center for Sustainable Transportation; MetroFreight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundations Center of Excellence in Urban Freight based at the University of Southern California; and the Federal Highway Administration’s Southwest Transportation Workforce Center (SWTWC) covering eight states—California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.

Our research portfolio features policy analysis in the areas of trade and transportation, as well as workforce development. Our outreach programs include educational forums, including the nationally recognized State of the Trade and Transportation Town Hall series, research conferences such as the International Urban Freight Conference, and media-based efforts including podcasts and newspaper columns that engage the broader community in the discussion surrounding international trade and transportation. CITT’s education programs include credit and non-credit programs in integrated logistics and feature the award-winning Global Logistics Specialist (GLS) program and the Marine Terminal Operations Professional (MTOP) designation, the only program of its kind in the country. 

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


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

Clemson University

Clemson University

USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

Director: Mashrur “Ronnie” Chowdhury
ph. (864) 656-3313

Program Coordinator: Charlotte Ryggs
ph. (864) 656-6546


About Us 
USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C²M²) is a tremendous boon to South Carolina universities in terms of prestige and resources, and contributes to one of the most important economic sectors in our state. It has elevated our state’s reputation as a hub of transportation technology research and development. South Carolina is an ideal location for C²M², the first USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center in the state, due to the diversity of the state’s transportation system and the rapid growth of its transportation industrial base, including high-tech companies.

C²M²’s research, education, workforce development, technology transfer, and diversity activities will enable students and professionals from diverse socioeconomic groups throughout the state to develop the skills necessary to solve some of the state’s most pressing mobility problems, and will provide a blueprint for addressing similar problems across the United States and around the world.

Mission Statement
Our vision for the Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C²M²), a Tier 1 University Transportation Center, is to become a globally recognized multimodal mobility innovation center for moving people and goods, specializing in connectivity and data analytics. To achieve this bold vision, our multidisciplinary research team from five leading higher education and research institutions in the state of South Carolina are working together to create and develop new initiatives and inventions by combining our complementary research strengths, our education and workforce development activities, our commitment to diversity, and our expertise in emerging communication and computing technologies.

Please visit the C²M² website for more information.

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines

University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-UTI)

Director: Marte Gutierrez
ph. (303) 273-3507

Secondary Contact: Priscilla Neslon
ph. (303) 384-2606


The University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-UTI) is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation under the 2016 UTC Competition. Colorado School Mines (CSM) is the Lead Institutions, and California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and Lehigh University are Affiliate Institutions.

UTC-UTI addresses the FAST Act Research Priority Area: “Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure.” The vision for UTC-UTI is to be a leading Center for the development of technologies for UTIs that are sustainable, less costly and more durable, and that can be efficiently constructed, operated and maintained with minimal problems. Our main objectives are:

1) Develop technologies that will improve the durability and extend the life of new and existing UTI through safe and cost-effective planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation using advanced intelligent and data-driven systems based on condition monitoring, sensing and performance assessment, as well as in new construction materials and technologies;

2) Educate and train the next generation of engineers from diverse backgrounds with educational, research and entrepreneurial experiences, and who are attuned to the multifaceted nature and impact of underground transportation projects; and

3) Transfer research results and technology to industry (consultants, contractors and insurers), professional organizations, governmental institutions, permitting agencies and the academe, and be an incubator of new technologies.

The main research focus of the proposed University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-UTI) is the development and deployment of major improvements in the design, planning, construction, maintenance, operation, retrofit and expansion of underground transportation infrastructure to make them more durable and to extend their lifetime. These developments will be realized by moving away from largely empirical and tradition-based procedures to an intelligent and data-driven system that uses recent progress in condition monitoring, sensing and asset/performance assessment, as well as in new construction materials and technologies. The research will emphasize on the following specific research topics: 1) Application of new materials and technologies; 2) Condition monitoring, remote sensing and use of GPS; and 3) Asset and performance management.

Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Allegheny County


Dean: Jeffery Thomas
ph. 412.369.3620

Secondary Contact: Robert Koch
ph. 412.788.7378


At the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Mobility21 has been focused primarily on our Automotive Technology Department. CCAC automotive technology programs are designed to prepare students to become automotive technicians, trained in the latest automotive service technologies and methods. Courses include technical training on current model vehicles and components with emphasis on the latest developments in brakes, steering, suspension, basic electronics, climate control, basic engine performance, emission inspector and safety inspector certification.

The automotive program has long been established and has developed strong partnerships with the Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealers Association, Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities and major domestic automakers Ford, General Motors and Fiat/Chrysler. In addition, CCAC is evolving its transportation curriculum to incorporate data analytics, mechatronics, and multimedia simulation programs. 


Cornell University

Cornell University

Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH)

Director: H. Oliver Gao
ph. (607) 254-8334


Primary Reseach Goals: The Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH) will pursue research and innovation to support sustainable mobility of people and goods while preserving the environment and improving community health. It will leverage behavioral and economic sciences, epidemiology, information technology, and environmental and transportation sciences and technologies to address critical issues falling under the FAST Act’s priority area of Preserving the Environment: greenhouse gas reduction, use of alternative fuels and energy technologies, environmentally responsible planning, and impacts of freight movement.

To address these challenges, the center organizes its research activities through six thrusts: 1) Behavior, Active Transportation, and Community Health, which studies the links between travel behavior, active transportation, the built environment, and health; 2) New Transportation Technologies and Business Models, which explores how mobility-on-demand services can be used to improve environmental sustainability and human health; 3) Green Multimodal Transportation Systems, which leverages new mobility technologies to promote sustainable and health-enhancing modal integration; 4) Freight Transportation and Community Health, which explores new vehicle technologies and operation paradigms to reduce human exposure to truck exhaust; 5) Data-Driven Transportation-Health Informatics, which leverages Smart City and IoT (Internet-of-Things) technologies to develop community-based and personalized transportation-health indices for promoting healthy mobility choices; and 6) Energy, Technology and Policy Pathways, which studies the impact of different combinations of energy, technology and policy pathways on the environment and community health. The consortium, consisting of Cornell, UC Davis, USF and UTEP, has assembled a team of renowned researchers to collaboratively advance these research activities and goals.

The center will leverage the existing strength of partner universities to create an innovative, multidisciplinary education program capable of training a workforce that will meet the complex challenges at the intersection of transportation, environment, and community health. Beyond the multidisciplinary curriculum designed in parallel with its research, the center will develop a CTECH summer course and pre-college program to attract motivated undergraduates and high school seniors to transportation, particularly from underrepresented groups. CTECH will pursue a wide range of technology transfer activities, from annual stakeholder workshops to community events. Its strong organizational structure, advisory boards consisting of stakeholder representatives, and dedication to ongoing rigorous evaluation of its performance will help ensure program efficacy.

Through multi-level, multidisciplinary and institutional collaborations, CTECH will advance transportation sustainability in its broader human and environmental contexts.

Duke University

Duke University

Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

Director: Michael Clamann

ph. (919) 668 – 0791

Secondary Contact: Mary “Missy” Cummings

The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety will accelerate progress in reducing transport injuries and fatalities by utilizing a systems approach to bring perspectives from planning, engineering, public health, data science and robotics to the road safety field.

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

Freight Mobility research Institute

Director: Evangelos Kaisar
ph. (561) 297-4084

Secondary Contact: Lynn Asseff
ph. (561) 297-3453

The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) goal is to address critical issues affecting the planning, design, operation, and safety of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation system, in order to strengthen our nation’s economic competitiveness. Efficient and safe freight movement is inextricably linked to the economic vitality of a local area, state, region and beyond. In consultation with stakeholders, as well as USDOT’s strategic priorities, as expressed in FAST Act Improving Mobility of People and Goods priority and the known exclusive topic areas established by the Secretary of Transportation, we will focus on research and development that improves freight mobility through information technology, freight network modeling and operations, intermodal logistics, as well as freight and supply chain sustainability to promote smart cities, improve multimodal connections, system integration, and security, data modeling and analytical tools to optimize freight movements and improve efficiency. Also, advance regional planning and setting of transportation priorities that deliver higher practice and economic growth and enhance productivity. These research efforts will (i) support maintenance and improvement of mobility in the face of growing traffic and shrinking resources; (ii) develop methodologies that link the performance of the U.S. freight transportation system; (iii) increase border-crossing efficiency while maintaining security and resilience; and (iv) improve air quality to advance personal health as well as translate into reduced energy consumption, reduce congestion, and cooperative performance improvement.

We have assembled top expertise on freight transportation, network modeling, sustainability, and ITS, representing leading universities across the nation with deep connections to local, state, and regional communities. Each of these universities has an established transportation research center/lab with top quality faculty conducting leading edge research. We are motivated to embrace innovative research projects, train the current and future transportation leaders and workforce, and engage with the industry to enhance collaboration between agencies by improving efficiency and safety, sustainably reduce traffic congestion, and develop standards to ensure interoperability today and in the future. At the same time, the center will have a significant educational impact. The consortium members have a successful history of enhancing interdisciplinary learning opportunities and engaging underrepresented groups. In the proposed center, this commitment will be continued and improved via integrated education and outreach components that leverage ongoing activities.


The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) is hosted in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatics Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton campus.

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: Raheel Baksh
ph. (305) 348-0074


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

Florida State University

Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population

Director: John O. Sobanjo, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (850) 410-6153

Secondary Contact: Neil Charness

ph. (850) 644-6686

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


Secondary Contact: Judy Thomas
ph. (515) 294 – 8103



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

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University

Transportation Consortium of South Central States (Tran-SET)

Director: Marwa Hassan
ph. (225) 578- 9189

Secondary Contact: Jose Milla
ph. (504) 292-3123


Primary Research Goals: The Center’s Mission is to support all phases of research, technology transfer, workforce development, and outreach activities of emerging technologies that can solve transportation challenges in Region 6. The center’s research focus will be on cutting edge materials innovations and construction methodologies and their applications to the different components of the transportation infrastructure. The center will address economic limitations by only considering research topics that carry out a viable plan to move the technology from research to implementation including workforce training and specifications development.

The center’s areas of research/focus will encompass three FAST act research priorities with a focus on cutting-edge materials innovations and construction methods (Research Focus Area 4). The other focus areas involve preserving the environment (Research Focus Area 5) and preserving the existing transportation system (Research Focus Area 6). Furthermore, a regional priorities category will be considered in order to fast track projects that address an immediate regional need.

Marshall University

Marshall University

Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute

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



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.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology


Director: Genda Chen

Associate Director: Suzanna Long

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Program Mission:  Providing leadership in research, education, workforce development and technology transfer aimed at infrastructure inspection and preservation solutions with advanced technologies for a sustainable and resilient transportation system.

Vision:  In the next 30 years, our highway and railway system will face challenges ranging from aging infrastructure and increasing congestion to declining revenues due to reduced fuel tax and increasing service interruption. Cheaper, faster, and safer inspection and preservation tools are needed to maintain our nation’s ground transportation system in a state of good repair.

Currently, bridges and tunnels are visually inspected and manually maintained under traffic control with the aid of heavy lifting equipment.

In the future, with successful development and implementation of robotic platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), these structures will be evaluated and sometimes maintained underneath bridge decks with no access equipment and no traffic control, reducing labor hours, avoiding rental, transportation and mobilization costs of equipment, saving fuel and indirect costs associated with service interruption, alleviating traffic congestion, and promoting work zone safety.

Interdisciplinary Research:  Faculty from civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, engineering management and computer science are collaborating to explore, develop, validate, and demonstrate remotely-controlled robotic platforms for the inspection and preservation of bridges and tunnels and a robot-enabled resilience analysis and intervention framework for post-disaster assessment and recovery of the structures.

Key technologies include mobile manipulating UAVs, structural crawlers, lab-on-sensor calibrations and standardizations, hyperspectral and microwave imaging, risk-based inspections, data-driven preservation strategies, and resilience analysis methods.

The developed technologies can be applied to potentially amend inspection regulation for fracture critical members and re-invent an integrated inspection and preservation decision process from performance monitoring through emerging risk identification to support planning of preservation actions.

Research Areas (5): 

(Workforce Development): 

  • A Training Framework of Robotic Operation and Image Analysis for Decision-Making in Bridge Inspection and Preservation, Dr. Ruwen Qin, Missouri S&T
  • Developing a Robotic Simulator and Video Games for Professional and Public Training, Dr. Sushil Louis, University of Nevada, Reno

(Sensing and Nondestructive Evaluation): 

  • UAV-enabled Measurement for Spatial Magnetic Field of Smart Rocks in Bridge Scour Monitoring, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T
  • In-Line Long Period Grating and Brillouin Scattering Fiber Optic Sensors for Strain, Temperature, Chloride Concentration, and Steel Mass Loss Measurement in Bridge Applications, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T
  • 3D Microwave Camera for Concrete Delamination and Steel Corrosion Detection, Dr. Reza Zoughi, Iowa State University
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis for Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Concrete and Steel Surfaces, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T
  • Autonomous Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement by a Magnet-Wheeled Robot, Dr. Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology

(Autonomous System):

  • Mobile-Manipulating UAVs for Sensor Installation, Bridge Inspection and Maintenance, Dr. Paul Oh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Climbing Robots with Automated Deployment of Sensors and NDE Devices for Steel Bridge Inspection, Dr. Hung La, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Autonomous Wall-Climbing Robots for Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Bridges, Dr. Jizhong Xiao, The City College of New York
  • Bridge Inspection Robot Deployment Systems (BIRDS), Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T

(Inspection and Maintenance):

  • Quantitative Bridge Inspection Ratings using Autonomous Robotic Systems, Dr. Anil Agrawal, The City College of New York

(Retrofit and Resilience):

  • Bridge Resilience Assessment with INSPIRE Data, Dr. Iris Tien, Georgia Institute of Technology


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: Mansoureh Jeihani
ph. 443-885-1873

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)