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  • Abu Sufian Mohammad Asib, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation under the supervision of Dr. Romero, received an award recently from the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association. The award was presented during the association's annual meeting and recognized his work in creating a more "sustainable road surface...
  • Six NDSU Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. students will present their research at the Transportation Research Forum's 2017 Annual Forum April 20-21 at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The Transportation Research Forum is an independent organization of transportation professionals dedicated to...
  • Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Amin Keramati recently won the 2017 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials GIS for Transportation Student Paper Contest. Kerimati will present the paper, "Solving the log-truck routing problem while accounting for forest road maintenance...
  • The Safe, Healthy and Resilient Communities (SHRC) PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver is a US Department of Education-sponsored Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) PhD fellowship program focusing on interdisciplinary training of fellows in areas of transportation engineering...
  • Researchers and students from MPC universities presented more than 60 papers or posters at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) earlier this month. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of transportation researchers and professions. The TRB Annual Meeting was Jan....
  • Holly Lloyd, a December 2016 graduate of Utah State University's master's program in civil engineering, was named the 2017 Student of the Year for USDOT's Region 8. Lloyd's master's project involved the analysis of the safety effectiveness of the diverging diamond interchanges in Utah. Her advisor was...
  • Precast double-tee bridge deck systems are currently used for local roads in South Dakota. Alternative durable precast or prefabricated bridge systems are needed to provide more options to local governments when designing a new bridge. MPC researchers Dr. Nadim Wehbe, Dr. Mostafa Tazarv, and graduate...
  • The MPC will receive about 2.5 million per year for the next five years under the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. MPC's proposal focuses on preserving the existing transportation system. The MPC, led by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute...
  • An MPC doctoral student at North Dakota State University is among 40 graduate students from across the country selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new Health Policy Research Scholars program. Bukola Bakare, a doctoral student in the interdisciplinary Transportation and Logistics...
  • Four North Dakota State University undergraduate students were recently awarded $1,500 scholarships funded by the MPC. Agribusiness students Brooks Larson and Jordan Alvin Rolstad received the Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship. Larson is from Cando, ND. Rolstad is from Sisseton, SD. The...
  • MPC Director Dr. Denver Tolliver recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Advisory Council for his long-term achievements as an educator and researcher. He has been director of the UGPTI since 2012. Under Tolliver's leadership, the MPC has...
  • The Mountain-Plains Consortium has updated the "About Us" section of its website. The clickable map is your link to key information, projects, faculty, research, publications, and resources at each of the MPC member universities. The website also integrates transportation facts about the region and about...
  • NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral students Yuan Xu and Mingwei Guo presented papers at the 2016 Midwest Academy of Management annual meeting, Oct. 6-8 in Fargo. The professional organization is a forum for the latest management theory and research by members. The NDSU College of Business was...
  • Dr. Gaofeng Jia has joined the MPC faculty as an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Colorado State University. He has expertise in natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation, robust analysis and design of complex engineering systems and high performance structures, risk-informed...
  • Dr. Richard Porter, associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Utah, was a keynote speaker in the open plenary session of the 2nd Serbian Road Congress in Belgrade Serbia, June 9-10. Porter's presentation was, "Substantive Safety Analysis: Tools for Practitioners." The event is intended...
  • Repair of damaged bridge columns following an earthquake is a good alternative to replacement. Benefits include cost savings, reduction in construction time, and decreased interruption of emergency services. Dr. Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah...
  • The University of Utah Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter received the Student Chapter Award Honorable Mention at the Western ITE Region meeting July 12 in Albuquerque, NM. A total of 29 student chapters competed for the award and for the second year in a row, University of...
  • MPC faculty member Wesley Marshall, associate professor of civil engineering at University of Colorado Denver, will receive the campus-level 2016 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award. The award recognizes University of Colorado Denver tenured and tenure-track faculty who have demonstrated...
  • The newest MPC faculty member at South Dakota State University, is a familiar name. Dr. Jonathan Wood, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was MPC's 2013 Outstanding Student of the Year. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University...
  • Students enter bridge design/build competition at SDSU In June, 36 local middle and high school students participated in the week-long Youth Engineering Adventure (YEA) Camp at South Dakota State University. Bridge engineering was the focus of one of the camp's activities. In a hands-on exercise, participants...
  • Jill Hough, associate professor of transportation, at North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute was named president of the Council of University of Transportation Centers (CUTC) at the group's annual meeting in June in Los Angeles. CUTC provides a forum for transportation...
  • MPC Research Published (Jul 13, 2016)
    Three journal papers featuring MPC research at Colorado State University conducted by MPC principal investigator Suren Chen and his collaborators were recently published: Chen, F., Chen, S. and Ma, X. "Crash frequency modeling using real-time environmental and traffic data and unbalanced panel data...
  • Utah State University student Holly Lloyd recently won first place in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Intermountain Section Student Paper Competition. The competition was part of the annual section conference in Jackson Hole, WY, in May. The paper featured her master's project focusing on the...
  • NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) celebrated transportation in May with activities on campus and outreach to more than 250 elementary schools across North Dakota. NDSU students Jessica Murray and Ali Rahim Taleqani were selected to win gift cards to the NDSU bookstore for displaying...
  • A current MPC student and a former MPC student, both from the University of Utah, were recently chosen to be part of the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C., in June. Ivana Tasic, a Ph.D. in civil and environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, is the winner of the...
  • MPC will be offering a webinar on Joint Detailing for Improved Performance of Double Tee Bridge Systems. This MPC research project (MPC-500) at South Dakota State University provides for reduced maintenance of sealed joints between girders and also allows for continuous beam behavior. The webinar is...
  • Kate Ferguson, a Ph.D. student in NDSU's Transportation and Logistics Program, was recently named Director of Business Development for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. She is the first point of contact for companies pursuing domestic and international trade opportunities and also coordinates business...
  • A mix of pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on busy streets may seem like a dangerous mix, but some of the most bicycle-friendly cities around the world are also the safest for all road users - motor vehicle drivers and pedestrians included. University of Colorado Denver researcher Wesley Marshall is...
  • A paper titled "Creating Inclusive Environments in First-Year Engineering Classes to Support Student Retention and Learning" by Christina Paguyo, a postdoctoral fellow in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University, and CSU MPC Program Director Rebecca Atadero won two best paper awards at...
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