USDOT Region V Regional University Transportation Center

Undergraduate Education

  • 2014 Undergraduate Summer Internship in Transportation

    Application materials:

    Internship Flyer

    Internship Application

  • 2013 Undergraduate Summer Internship in Transportation

    In summer 2013, ten interns assisted with NEXTRANS CENTER research at Purdue University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan. Interns in the ten-week program submitted mid-term reports, final research reports and presented their experiences at a formal presentation at Purdue University.

    Internship Flyer

    Internship Application

  • 2011 Undergraduate Summer Internship in Transportation

    The third annual NEXTRANS Undergraduate Internship in Transportation concluded with final presentations on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Purdue University's Discovery Park. This event was an opportunity for interns to showcase their research accomplishments to faculty, staff, graduate mentors, and other undergraduate students from the Center's major partner universities.

    This year's internship provided five competitively-selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete a ten-week program of transportation research and activities at Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or The Ohio State University.

    Interns participated in hands-on research involving a broad range of transportation modes and topics. They were challenged to learn basic modeling techniques, develop frameworks and experiments, participate in the collection of field data, and utilize a variety of innovative technologies.

    Craig Collins studied disruptions to freight with Professor Satish Ukkusuri at Purdue. Steven Gresk worked on research covering thermal cracking in pavement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Troy Karski spent his summer at The Ohio State University (OSU) working on a project comparing loop detectors to radar. Alyssa Moniaci, from Texas Tech University, worked in OSU's Campus Transit Lab. Emily Van Dam, from UIUC, worked on research to improve concrete railway crossties and design.

  • 2010 Undergraduate Summer Internship in Transportation

    The NEXTRANS Center's 2010 undergraduate interns delivered their final presentations on Friday, July 23, 2010 at Purdue University's Discovery Park. This event was an opportunity for interns to showcase their research accomplishments to faculty, staff, graduate mentors, and other undergraduate students from the Center's major partner universities.

    In 2010, six competitively-selected undergraduate students were provided the opportunity to complete a ten-week program of transportation research and activities at Purdue University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or The Ohio State University.

    Mark Asmuth, from Penn State University, worked on research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) aimed at increasing the efficiency of railroad track inspection. Michael Lodes, from UIUC, studied the comfort level of bicyclists in relation to motor vehicles. Skyler Martin, from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, worked at UIUC on research exploring the relationship between gas prices and transit ridership. James Pokorny, from Villanova University, worked at Purdue University on a project focused on the benefits of real-time traffic information. Jarrett Powell, from Purdue University, also worked at Purdue on research exploring public-private partnerships. Justin Vayda, from The Ohio State University (OSU), spent his summer working in OSU's Campus Transit Lab (CTL).

  • 2009 Undergraduate Summer Internship in Transportation

    In addition to participating in field trips and submitting regular progress reports, 2009 interns were required to deliver formal presentations showcasing their work on July 27, 2009 at Purdue University's Discovery Park. This event was an opportunity for interns to share their research accomplishments with faculty, graduate mentors, and other undergraduate students from all three institutions, as well as the NEXTRANS Center staff, and Discovery Park Associate Director Pankaj Sharma. In addition to gaining insight about a variety of transportation topics, interns received encouragement and guidance in considering graduate-level education and transportation-related careers.

    Erin Kersh, from Vanderbilt University, worked at Purdue University on research about traffic flow under disasters. Dan Brandesky, from The Ohio State University (OSU), studied loop detectors and detectors mounted on vehicles. Eunseok Choi, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), worked on research aimed at providing more accurate traffic data for multimodal freight transportation systems. Divya Kumar, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, worked at Purdue to analyze the convergence properties of traffic assignment algorithms for planning purposes. Matt Toussaint, from UIUC, worked with researchers to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of railroad track inspection and maintenance. Kyle Bemis, from Purdue University, worked on a project exploring on-demand air service (ODAS).


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