Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting, Purdue Civil Engineering Reception (2013)
January 13-17, 2013
In partnership with the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), the NEXTRANS Center hosted a reception in Washington, D.C. on January 15 during the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the three organizations attended the reception held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2011 Summer Meeting
June 12-15, 2011
The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) held their summer meeting June 12-15, 2011 at Portland State University, home of the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). This year's summer meeting focused on upcoming changes to the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program. Other topics related to research, education and technology transfer were also included on the agenda. The 2012 summer meeting will be held in Houghton, Michigan at Michigan Tech University June 20-22.
Investigators Present at University Research Technology Transfer Day
April 6, 2011
NEXTRANS Center director, Dr. Srinivas Peeta, and research associate, Dr. Sushant Sharma, presented their project, "Enriching the Quality of Travel Experience: Innovative Partnerships," on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) headquarters in Washington, D.C. during University Research Technology Transfer Day, hosted by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Researchers of twenty-eight, competitively-selected projects from universities around the country were invited to attend.
Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari and members of DOT leadership were in attendance. The event highlighted research products that have been, or are in the process of being deployed into the marketplace or impacting policy.
97th Annual Purdue Road School
March 8-10, 2011
West Lafayette, Indiana
Four NEXTRANS researchers presented their work during the 97th Annual Purdue Road School. Purdue's Road School attracts over 1,000 state officials, consultants and suppliers from across Indiana each year.
Associate Professor Dan DeLaurentis (Purdue) presented his research on on-demand air service; Professor Jon Fricker (Purdue) discussed the impacts of bypasses on communities; graduate student Matt Volovski presented research on public private partnerships; and graduate student Yu-Ting Hsu addressed evacuation strategies in situations of man-made or natural disasters.
Transportation Research Board (TRB) 90th Annual Meeting, Purdue Civil Engineering Reception
January 23-27, 2011
In partnership with the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), the NEXTRANS Center hosted a reception in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 2011 during the 90th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). Faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the three organizations attended the reception held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Researchers Present at Annual Indiana Logistics Summit
October 26-27, 2010
Three researchers from Purdue University presented their work at the 2010 Indiana Logistics Summit in Indianapolis. "Economic Recovery: Fact or Fiction? What's Coming Down the Road, River, and Runway?" was the theme.
Wallace Tyner, James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics, presented his NEXTRANS-funded research on cellulosic biofuels. Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Professor of Chemical Engineering, spoke about the steps necessary to transition from fuel-powered to electric cars in the U.S. And, Ananth Iyer, Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and Director, DCMME and GSCMI, presented his project on opportunities for economic development in Indiana. NEXTRANS Managing Director Rick Evans closed the Purdue panel with a brief update of the Center's activities.
The 2010 Indiana Logistics Summit was co-sponsored by Ports of Indiana and Purdue University; the two-day conference featured many speakers and attracted hundreds of logistics and transportation professionals from the region.
Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2010 Summer Meeting
June 7-9, 2010
College Station, Texas
The 2010 Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Summer Meeting was held June 7 - 9, 2010 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Srinivas Peeta, center director; Rick Evans, managing director; and Jessica Mehr, communications coordinator, represented NEXTRANS at the event, which featured discussions on a variety of relevant UTC topics. These included communicating the value of research, workforce development, best practices, capturing performance indicators, reauthorization, and developing and sustaining partnerships.
ITS Workshop Promotes Collaboration
April 28-29, 2010
NEXTRANS Research Associate Dr. Sushant Sharma co-chaired a session at the ITS JPO (Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office) Strategic Research Plan UTC/University Workshop, held April 28 – 29, 2010 at USDOT headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sharma co-chaired a session on the potential environmental applications of ITS from a university perspective. He presented a number of environmentally-related research projects recently conducted by NEXTRANS and Purdue University, discussing their potential overlap with ITS research. He emphasized that real-time data procured by ITS could more effectively quantify CO2 emissions, providing better data for research and allowing agencies to develop policies for CO2 reduction. He also discussed the benefits of moving toward a “system of systems” approach, in which all modes and systems are integrated to achieve sustainability (improved efficiency, reduced cost and energy consumption).
96th Annual Purdue Road School
March 10, 2010
West Lafayette, Indiana
The NEXTRANS Center was pleased to host a session on March 10, 2010 during the 96th Annual Purdue Road School. The session, “Striking the Balance Among Transportation Goals: Economics, Energy, and Safety,” included presentations on three NEXTRANS-sponsored projects that highlight the integrated nature of the Center’s research.
Graduate researcher Josh Mills presented research that establishes a link between highway bypasses and changes in the local economy. Dr. Wallace Tyner (Purdue) discussed the impacts of cellulosic biofuel production on Indiana road infrastructure. Finally, Dr. Lili Du (NEXTRANS Research Associate) addressed how to best allocate limited resources in order to improve the functionality of infrastructure networks during natural or man-made disasters.
In addition to this session, hundreds of participants visited the NEXTRANS Center’s exhibit booth, where staff member Nija Phelps updated them on the Center’s current research, education and technology transfer activities. The 2010 Road School was coordinated by the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), and chaired by Dr. Kumares Sinha and Dr. Jon Fricker.
Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting, Purdue Civil Engineering Reception
January 10, 2010
On January 10, 2010, the NEXTRANS Center co-hosted a reception at the 89th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by NEXTRANS, Purdue, and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), the Purdue University Civil Engineering reception enjoyed strong attendance, offering participants the opportunity to interact with transportation professionals, as well as NEXTRANS partners, faculty and students.
The Center’s reception was just one of many highlights. The Network Modeling Committee (ADB30), chaired by Center Director Srinivas Peeta, successfully unveiled a website to facilitate more efficient information exchange (www.nextrans.org/ADB30); Kumares Sinha was awarded the 2009 Roy W. Crum Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership in transportation research and education; and a number of NEXTRANS investigators presented research in their areas of expertise.
Each year, the TRB Annual Meeting attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world. With more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 600 sessions, the program addresses topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions. The 2010 spotlight theme was, “Investing in Our Transportation Future – BOLD Ideas to Meet BIG Challenges.
In Step, In Line, On Time: Regional Strategies for Trade, Security, and Mobility Challenges at the U.S. - Canada Border
November 16, 2009
West Lafayette, Indiana
The NEXTRANS Center hosted a one-day conference on U.S.-Canada border trade, security and mobility issues at Purdue University on November 16, 2009. This event brought together active researchers from both the U.S. and Canada and engaged them in a dialogue with stakeholders from the private sector and all levels of government.
Greg Nadeau, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) delivered the keynote address. Robert Noble, Canadian Consul General, Detroit and Kevin Johnson, U.S. Consul General, Toronto spoke on the significance of a seamless and secure border with regards to bi-lateral trade between the two countries. Speaking on security was Paul Haddow, Director General, Strategic Policy and Governance, Canada Border Services Agency. Industry presenters included David Bradley, CEO, Canadian Trucking Association and Steve Russell, representing the American Trucking Association.
Students and Faculty Inform the Globe
October 11-14, 2009
San Diego, California
A number of NEXTRANS graduate students and faculty affiliates from Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) presented research at the 2009 INFORMS Annual Meeting, held October 11-14, 2009 in San Diego. Each year, the INFORMS Annual Meeting hosts more than 1,000 sessions and just under 4,000 papers, covering a broad landscape of topics in operations research and management sciences. The 2009 theme was “INFORMing the Globe.”
Graduate researchers Salvador Hernandez (Purdue), Yu Ting Hsu (Purdue), Georgios Kalafatas (Purdue), Amit Kumar (Purdue), Xiaopeng Li (UIUC), and Onur Pekcan (UIUC) participated in the 2009 technical sessions. They were joined by NEXTRANS faculty affiliates Christopher Barkan (UIUC), J. Riley Edwards (UIUC), Ananth Iyer (Purdue), Yanfeng Ouyang (UIUC), Srinivas Peeta (Purdue), F. Sibel Salman (Koc University –Turkey), and Satish Ukkusuri (Purdue), as well as research associates, Lili Du and Sushant Sharma.
These participants presented research on topics including (but not limited to) traffic surveillance, supply-chain management, dynamic traffic assignment, mass evacuation, and Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) carrier-carrier collaboration.
Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2009 Summer Meeting
June 30 – July 2, 2009
NEXTRANS Center Director Srinivas Peeta delivered a presentation on UTC Best Practices at the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Summer Meeting, held June 30 – July 2, 2009 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Peeta’s presentation illustrated how the NEXTRANS Center aims to develop integrated solutions while responding to shifting USDOT priorities.
The Center strives to achieve this goal through strategic internal planning, innovative partnerships and an integrated approach to project selection. Dr. Peeta also discussed the importance of the UTC grant, results achieved during the first two years of operation, and risks the Center has taken. These include integrating university partners financially and programmatically, developing innovative partnerships driven by common goals, and continuously adapting to changing contexts.
The NEXTRANS Center was one of eight centers invited to present on UTC Best Practices at the 2009 meeting, which was hosted by the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center.
Eighth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways, and Airfields (BCR2A)
June 29 - July 2, 2009.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Eighth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways, and Airfields (BCR2A) convened at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from June 29 - July 2, 2009. NEXTRANS faculty members from UIUC presented numerous papers and workshops during the four-day event. The conference was chaired by NEXTRANS investigator Erol Tutumluer, and co-chaired by executive committee member Imad Al-Qadi. Christopher Barkan (investigator) served as railroad area coordinator; William Buttlar (investigator) and Jeffrey Roesler (faculty affiliate) chaired conference sessions; and Riley Edwards (investigator) served on the organizing committee.
Attracting 250 academics, researchers and practitioners from 32 countries, this conference aimed to address the bearing capacity problems of roads, railways and airfields. Bearing capacity issues are changing because of ever-increasing traffic volumes and weights, which require stronger and more durable pavements, railroad track structures and superstructures. BCR2A provided international experts in this field with an opportunity to exchange experiences and views, as well as identify the needs for further research and development. This conference is the eighth in the series that began in Trondheim, Norway in 1982 and occurs at four-year intervals.
Midwest Traffic Monitoring Workshop
March 24-25, 2009
NEXTRANS researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) participated in the Midwest Traffic Monitoring Workshop March 24-25, 2009. Executive Committee Member Mark McCord served as a member of the workshop planning team, and participated in a panel, “Improving Availability and Use of Traffic Data in the Midwest.” Dr. McCord is currently conducting a NEXTRANS-sponsored project that aims to improve the accuracy of Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) data by leveraging existing air photos.
Organized by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and hosted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Midwest Traffic Monitoring Workshop provided a forum for Midwestern state and local agencies to share successful strategies for collecting, analyzing, disseminating, and using traffic data. Participants also emphasized the importance of maximizing productivity and results through regional collaboration.
95th Annual Purdue Road School
March 10-12, 2009
West Lafayette, Indiana
The NEXTRANS Center was pleased to participate in the non-profit exhibition at the 95th Annual Purdue Road School. Held at Purdue since 1914, Road School consistently attracts over 1,000 Indiana local and state officials, consultants and suppliers each year. Important updates on pertinent transportation issues, as well as sessions on topics of general interest, are provided during the two-day conference. Road School also hosts regional meetings of several affiliated professional groups, such as the County Surveyors Association and the Indiana Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
This year’s conference provided numerous opportunities to network with local and state officials during exhibits, sessions and luncheons. Hundreds of participants visited the NEXTRANS Center’s booth, where they were updated on the Center’s current research, education and technology transfer activities. Staff members publicized upcoming educational projects such as the NEXTRANS Undergraduate Summer Internship and Indiana High School Essay Contest, and worked to forge partnerships in support of the Center’s regional goals. Purdue Road School is coordinated by the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP).
58th Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference
February 24-25, 2009
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Each year, hundreds of transportation engineers, officials, technicians, faculty, and students gather at the Transportation and Highway Engineering (T.H.E) Conference to discuss issues critical to the safe and economical movement of people and goods across Illinois, the country and beyond. This year marked the 96th Anniversary of the T.H.E. Conference, which was held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on February 24-25, 2009, attracting nearly 1,000 attendees.
A number of NEXTRANS students and faculty members from UIUC were involved in this year’s conference. Professor William Buttlar served as chair of the event, in addition to presiding over the luncheon program. Imad Al-Qadi, executive committee member, updated attendees on current Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) research during the general session. The technical breakout sessions featured NEXTRANS affiliated faculty member Jeff Roesler, who delivered a presentation, “Concrete Pavement Solutions for Low Volume Roads.
The T.H.E. Conference was started in 1914 as a training school for County Superintendents of Highways, and has since evolved with state and national needs. NEXTRANS investigator and UIUC professor William Buttlar has served as T.H.E. Conference Director since 2002.
Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting & Purdue University Civil Engineering Reception
On January 11, 2009, the NEXTRANS Center co-hosted a reception at the 88th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by NEXTRANS, Purdue and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), this year’s Purdue University Civil Engineering Reception enjoyed record attendance, offering participants the opportunity to interact with transportation professionals, as well as NEXTRANS partners, faculty and students.
The Center’s lively reception was just one of the many highlights. A number of NEXTRANS faculty members and students were honored for co-authoring award-winning papers. Erol Tutumluer won the TRB Geology and Properties of Earth Materials Section Best Paper Award; Jeffery Roesler and Glaucio Paulino received the 2009 Bryant Mather Best Paper Award; NEXTRANS graduate student Hao Wang and Professor Imad Al-Qadi were runners-up for the 2008 K. B. Woods Award for Best Paper in Design and Construction; and Anuj Sharma received the Milton Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation during the CUTC Awards Banquet.
In addition to these awards, NEXTRANS investigators presented cutting-edge research on dozens of topics and participated in meetings for a number of TRB committees.
Each year, the TRB Annual Meeting attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world. With more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 600 sessions, the program addresses topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. This year’s spotlight theme was “Transportation, Energy, and Climate Change.
Indiana Logistics Summit
November 12, 2008
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Presented by Ports of Indiana and Purdue University, the summit brought together leaders from the worlds of industry, academia, public policy and government to discuss how to make Indiana's transportation, distribution and logistics businesses more competitive and what it will take to make the state a leader in logistics.
62nd Annual Ohio Transportation and Engineering Conference (OTEC)
October 28-29, 2008
Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Transportation and The Ohio State University (OSU), the conference focused on the theme, “The Power of Multi-modal Transportation: Linking Ohio to the World on All Fronts.” NEXTRANS faculty members from OSU actively engaged students at this year’s conference to inform them on UTC activities and opportunities, and help them transition into transportation careers. Faculty also shared research projects co-sponsored by NEXTRANS with attendees at large.
57th Annual Illinois Traffic Engineering and Safety Conference
October 22 - 23, 2008
For nearly six decades, this conference has provided participants with cutting-edge information on transportation research, government policies and regulations, product development and testing, product evaluation, and computer hardware and software developments. As one of the premier meetings in the Midwest region, the Illinois Traffic Engineering & Safety Conference gives participants a chance to discuss ideas and issues with experts, gain job-related information and renew their sense of professional purpose.
The NEXTRANS Center Inaugural Summit
Monday, May 5, 2008
Purdue University Campus
West Lafayette, Indiana
Exploring Partnerships for Innovative Transportation and Logistics Solutions
The day-long summit brought together a broad range of high-level stakeholders from all levels of government as well as from both the public and private sectors in a series of events to share the NEXTRANS Center’s mission, vision and goals while exploring mechanisms for collaboration and participation for innovative and integrated solutions for current and emerging challenges in the transportation and logistics domains.
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