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  • North Dakota State University transportation and logistics Ph.D. student Zhila Dehdari Ebrahimi received an academic scholarship from the Transportation Club of Fargo-Moorhead April 29. The scholarship was presented by Mark Wolter, president of the club, and Kris Olson, treasurer. The $500 scholarship...
  • Using virtual meeting technology, staff and students from MPC universities attended and presented more than 40 research Posters and Presentations at the virtual annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in January. Thousands of transportation professionals from all over the world participated...
  • Research at Utah State University is establishing a reference for transportation agencies to use in making budgetary or policy decisions regarding autonomous vehicles and big data management. The researchers collected roadway geospatial data with a simple mobile LiDAR (light detection and ranging) setup...
  • Joshua Ward, an undergraduate researcher at Utah State University, was recently named the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2021 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year and the 2021 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the USU College of Engineering. In part, the awards recognize his...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah implemented machine learning techniques to optimize snow plow truck life. Snowplow trucks serve a crucial role in winter highway maintenance activities of deicing and snow removal, activities that are essential to public mobility and safety. The researchers showed...
  • The Utah Department of Transportation deploys more than 100 continuous count stations to collect traffic volumes at different locations in order to achieve balanced geographic coverage. Even so, it is still difficult to capture traffic characteristics of the entire Utah road network within a short time...
  • Researchers at the University of Utah have developed performance-based processes for establishing highway design criteria that would allow designers to consider and balance the accommodation of driver and vehicle operating characteristics, safety, design, and construction costs in any given context....
  • Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Central Time To mitigate crash severity and reduce crash rate, advanced technologies such as connected automated vehicles (CAVs) have shown great potentials in preventing human driving errors. Using real-time data collected via vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)...
  • Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Central Time LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a mature and efficient technology used by various transportation agencies for highway asset management and data collection purposes. While effective, there are some limitations in using LiDAR...
  • Because of their relatively low cost and ease of construction, bridges using double-tee (DT) girders are widely used on local road networks across the United States. It has been found that rapid deterioration of longitudinal joints between DT girders, which can significantly degrade the structural performance...
  • NDSU transportation researchers Ying Huang, Raj Bridgelall and Pan Lu were recently selected as editors of a special issue of the journal Smart Cities. The journal's theme is "Advances in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles". The special issue is intended to create a forum for advancing research related...
  • Several papers from MPC-funded research projects were recently published. They include the following: "Bicycle safety at roundabouts: a systemic literature review" was written by Niranjan Pudel and Patrick Singleton with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University....
  • Several papers from MPC-funded research projects were recently published. They include the following: "Seismic repair of deficient and code compliant bridge wall piers" was published in the April 2021 edition of Engineering Structures. Authors are Bhaskar Kunwar, Vanessa McEntee, and Chris P. Pantelides...
  • The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute recently awarded several scholarships to outstanding NDSU students with interests in transportation. Ryan Swanberg and Mackenzie Holkesvig were awarded the $1,500 Transportation Engineering Scholarship which recognizes academic achievement and promotes...
  • The limited variability of test results in this University of Wyoming research should alleviate alkali-silica reaction concerns for those who wish to use recycled concrete aggregate (RCA). The Rocky Mountain Region has experienced considerable difficulty due to the presence of alkali-silica reaction...
  • With 8.5 million visitors in 2016, tourism is the second largest industry in Wyoming. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks were among the top 10 most-visited national parks in 2016. Researchers at the University of Wyoming developed a travel demand model that incorporates tourism-based travel to...
  • Researchers at Colorado State University developed a method that engineers can use to optimize a road segment and all bridges on the roadway for height above a river or creek to reduce the potential damage to the transportation network to a consistent level of risk and assure transportation access for...
  • Theodore Sjurseth has been named 2020 University Transportation Centers Student of the Year for the Mountain-Plains Consortium. He will be honored with other award winners from across the country during a virtual awards ceremony today (January 6). Sjurseth is a master's student in civil engineering...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah are working to eliminate or reduce the bump at the end of Utah bridges caused by settling of soils that can occur long after construction. In some cases, the settling can result in a need to completely reinstall bridge approaches. The researchers studied surcharging...
  • MPC research at South Dakota State University will help roadway agencies reduce pavement stripping, a moisture-induced loss of bonding between aggregates and the asphalt binder that typically begins at the bottom of the hot-mix asphalt layer and progresses upward. Stripping is a serious form of roadway...
  • Work by MPC researchers at Colorado State University was recently published in several journals. "Streamlined bridge inspection system utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning," by Brandon J. Perry, Yanlin Guo, Rebecca Atadero and John W. van de Lindt was published in the journal, Measurement....
  • A student design team at the University of Utah is designing a six-block corridor of bike lanes in Salt Lake City. MPC researcher Cathy Liu is the faculty mentor for the Civil and Environmental Engineering senior capstone project (4900 -- professional practice & design). The team of six students is designing...
  • Australia may hold important lessons for improving road safety in the United States, according to MPC researchers at the University of Colorado Denver. Despite similarities to the United States in terms of transportation, land use, and culture, there are 5.3 deaths per 100,000 in population on Australian...
  • MPC researchers at Colorado State University are improving the hydrologic analyses used to evaluate dam safety and to design bridges and roads. Many current hydrologic guidelines assume that runoff from design storms is produced by an infiltration-excess mechanism where rainfall intensity exceeds the...
  • MPC research in South Dakota regarding tolerances for tie-bar placement in concrete pavements could result in improved pavement service life and reduced maintenance costs. Longitudinal joints in Portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement slabs require tie (dowel) bars to control joint opening resulting...
  • MPC researchers at South Dakota State University are developing enhanced technology to improve the quality of runoff water from highway construction sites. The research promises to help maintain the quality of surface waters, promote environmental sustainability, and reduce the need for costly dredging...
  • MPC research to calibrate the Highway Safety Manual (HSM) for local roadways in South Dakota will make the manual more useful for the South Dakota Department of Transportation as that agency works to improve highway safety. The calibrated manual will help SDDOT screen roadways to find problem areas for...
  • MPC researchers conducted a systematic study on the long-term cost effectiveness of various short-span concrete structures. The research will help state and local governments choose the most cost-effective options when replacing concrete structures on their road networks. The research included analysis...
  • MPC researcher Mahmet Ozbek recently received the Associated Schools of Construction Outstanding Educator Award. Ozbek is the interim department head for the Colorado State University Construction Management Program and was recently promoted to professor at CSU. The award recognizes Ozbek's contribution...
  • Bridge decks strengthened with glass fiber reinforced polymers (GFRP) have shown promise for improving the service life of bridges subjected to deicing salts that corrode steel-reinforced bridges. Unfortunately, GFRP is typically brittle and prone to to possible failure. MPC researchers at Utah State...
  • University of Utah Transportation Engineering Ph.D. Student Zhiyan Yi recently received two honors from the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Yi was awarded one of two 2020 Ellis L. Mathes Scholarships given by the section. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate...
  • MPC researchers at Colorado State University developed an improved method for estimating stream flows from storms so that engineers can install bridges, culverts and other transportation infrastructure that assures the reliability and public safety of the transportation network. The improved method...
  • MPC research at the University of Utah shows that reinforced concrete bridge wall piers constructed using older codes can be retrofitted with carbon reinforced polymer rods or vertical CFRP anchors to increase stiffness, load carrying capacity, and hysteretic energy (as occurs in earthquakes) dissipation....
  • Colorado State University Ph.D. student Abdelrahman Abdallah won second place in the Great Minds in Research award for his research topic at the Graduate Student Showcase in November. Abdallah is earning his Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management, a collaborative program between the Colorado...
  • A recently published study by MPC researchers at North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute suggests that large cities should continue to invest in public transit improvements even as ride hailing services proliferate with the potential to attract users away. "A fuzzy...
  • MPC research at the University of Colorado Denver will improve the understanding of embedded carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) systems for concrete bridge members, and will enhance the durability of strengthened concrete members and provide new techniques for bridge engineers who want to adopt state-of-the-art...
  • Collecting bridge inspection data is essential to bridge asset management and assuring that bridges receive timely maintenance so that highway maintenance investments can be directed most efficiently and bridges remain safe for users. MPC research at North Dakota State University proposed a holistic...
  • Online mapping systems offer route guidance for travelers, but may also increase congestion as increasing volumes of traffic are routed to vital network corridors. Researchers at the University of Colorado Denver developed an enhanced approach with the objective of optimizing global road network utilization...
  • In the first testing of full-scale bridge girders constructed with calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement, MPC researchers at Utah State University determined that the performance of CSA cement could be predicted by current load and resistance factor design specifications. The research results indicate...
  • Dinesh Katti, professor of civil and environmental engineering and MPC researcher at North Dakota State University, will receive the 2020 NDSU Faculty Lectureship Award. The honor is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the university's awards and recognizes sustained professional excellence in...
  • Marv Halling, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Utah State University and longtime MPC collaborator and principle investigator has been named MPC director for USU. He currently serves as head of the department's Structures Division. As director, he will coordinate USU's participation...
  • The Mountain-Plains Consortium has approved more than 20 research projects at its seven collaborating universities so far in 2020. Projects include: Effect of Deicing Agents and Environmental Conditions on Performance of Asphalt Pavements in Cold Regions at South Dakota State University Visible...
  • Results from an MPC research project designed to protect curved bridges from earthquakes were recently published in an engineering journal, shared at a meeting of civil engineers and published by an industry institute. The project, "Self-Centering Buckling Restrained Braces for Curved Bridges" began...
  • Researchers at North Dakota State University's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute developed a new modeling approach to more accurately predict the likelihood of accidents at highway-rail grade crossings, locations where a highway and railroad cross at the same elevation. The approach performs...
  • The University of Utah and the Utah Department of Transportation hosted a seminar, "Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles in Mixed Traffic: Modeling, Data Analysis and Field Experiments," at the UDOT Traffic Operation Center on January 28. The seminar was designed to facilitate collaboration between...
  • Staff and students from MPC universities attended and presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, D.C., Jan 12-16. Topics included, pavement management, railroad, crossing safety, evaluation of sign retroreflectivity, bridge rehabilitation, bicycling and...
  • NDSU researchers used innovative modeling techniques to examine the public policy implications of proposed technologies for reducing truck fuel consumption and cutting operating costs. "Policy implications of truck platooning and electrification" was recently published in the journal Energy Policy....
  • Research at the University of Utah found that adoption of low-temperature tests for asphalt mixtures will result in pavements that are less susceptible to thermal cracking, thus increasing pavement life and reducing maintenance needs. In the state of Utah alone, more than $20 million dollars is spent...
  • Research at the University of Utah will help road managers choose the best road maintenance treatments to extend roadway life and minimize long-term maintenance costs. The researchers studied 14 thin lift treatments (TLTs) over a five-year period to assess their performance. TLTs are the application...
  • North Dakota State University transportation and logistics Ph.D. students Ihsan Khan and Yun Zhou have been named 2020 Traffic Safety Scholars. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship to attend the 38th annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, March 14-17, in Tampa, Florida. Khan...
  • Research at the University of Colorado Denver on reinforcing concrete members like bridge girders may lead to longer-lasting and safer bridges. The researchers developed an improved method for bonding carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) to structural concrete members to strengthen them. The method...
  • Associate professor Caroline Clevenger has been named director of the construction engineering and management programs within the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver. Clevenger, who has been with the program since its inception in 2014, is thrilled at how much the program...
  • A paper co-authored by MPC collaborator Pedro Romero at the University of Utah was awarded the Walter J. Emmons Award for best paper presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists. The paper, "Balanced Mix Design Sensitivity to Production Tolerance Limits and...
  • Research at the University of Wyoming into the development of a model to help local road managers select optimum sections of unpaved roads for chemical treatments for dust suppression was recently published online and will appear in the March issue of the Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Because Wyoming...
  • By the end of September, Mountain-Plains Consortium universities had offered a total of 317 training sessions for the grant period that began in mid-2016. Trainings ranged from ADA Ramp Design to Work Zone Safety for Local Agencies. While many of the courses like Heavy Equipment Operation and Concrete...
  • Researchers at the University of Wyoming have developed a pavement serviceability (PSI) model to provide a more realistic representation of county road conditions. They also tested smartphones (typically equipped with accelerometers, GPS receivers, and other sensors) as a cost-effective solution to minimize...
  • Congratulations to Vanessa McEntee who was named MPC Student of the Year. She was recognized during the Council of University Transportation Centers annual banquet, held at the opening of this month's Transportation Research Board meetings in Washington, D.C. McEntee is an engineer with Reaveley Engineers...
  • MPC research at the University of Utah will improve understanding of the safety performance related to of different left-turn signal light phase indications. Transportation engineers will use the results to model future crash frequencies and guide selection of left-turn phase indications by site, and...
  • The need for improved bicycle facilities in rural communities is becoming more apparent, but the standard national bicycle design guide is aimed at larger urban communities rather than smaller rural communities. MPC researchers at the University of Wyoming used current design guides to develop a resource...
  • Findings from MPC research at the University of Wyoming are expected to help transportation managers and policy makers decide on management strategies for highway facilities carrying a large percentage of trucks. The benefits for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, as well as other agencies that...
  • Researchers at South Dakota State University developed two rehabilitation methods for girder-to-girder joints on double-tee bridges. One of the methods, which costs 70% less than bridge superstructure replacement, will extend the service life and eliminate the need for replacement of many existing double-tee...
  • Tribal communities recognize the need to improve roadway safety. A five-step methodology has been developed by the Wyoming Technology Transfer (WYT2) Center to improve roadway safety on reservations. This methodology, initially implemented on the Wind River Indian Reservation, led to the Wyoming Department...
  • Researchers using a driving simulator at the University of Utah found that driving safety, as reflected by driving errors, was strongly associated with driving self-awareness. The findings suggest that performance and performance awareness go hand in hand. Participants who drove well in the study tended...
  • In a multi-year study at the University of Wyoming, MPC researchers developed cost-effective maintenance strategies that will reduce maintenance costs and dust emissions from unpaved roads. Using field data and comprehensive analysis, researchers examined the effectiveness of various dust suppressants....
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah developed a sampling method utilizing machine-learning techniques to suggest the location and frequency of sampling of roadway assets to determine maintenance needs. This high-dimensional clustering-based stratified sampling method is designed to choose the proper...
  • About 24 percent of all reported U.S. motor vehicle crashes are related to adverse weather conditions. By improving their understanding of driver behavior in these conditions, MPC researchers at the University of Wyoming hope to develop and implement more weather responsive traffic management strategies...
  • In traditional seismic analyses of bridges, traffic is typically ignored, but the reality is that bridges experiencing earthquakes will likely have normal traffic on them. MPC researchers at Colorado State University developed an analytic method of modeling the response of complex bridges to seismic...
  • MPC researchers have developed new testing modules to more rapidly assess the safety and operational performance of continuous flow intersections and diverging diamond interchanges. The modules will cut planning time and costs for implementing the intersection designs. It is estimated that the use of...
  • Existing bridge seismic analyses examine the inertial forces applied on bridge structures during earthquakes, but do not fully consider the interaction between earthquake motions, bridges and the traffic on those bridges. Long-span bridges often carry a significant amount of traffic and many vehicles...
  • More trees and larger tree canopies in the "clear zone" near urban streets were associated with fewer injury/fatal crashes as well as fewer crashes overall in research conducted by MPC research at the University of Colorado Denver. That's contrary to 50 years of standard design practice which emphasized...
  • MPC research at University of Utah indicates that circular concrete filled steel tube (CCFT) columns with partial design concrete compressive strength can be used for accelerated bridge construction because the relatively low decrease in strength is offset by the reduced seismic loads for this temporal...
  • MPC researchers at North Dakota State University developed and evaluated an automated symptom screening system for railroad tracks and equipment. The system located and characterized possible track surface abnormalities by analyzing the inertial dynamics of a hi-rail vehicle or in-service rail vehicles...
  • The Wyoming Department of Transportation is using results from MPC research to quantify the benefits of safety countermeasures in Wyoming. The work helps them allocate resources where they will have the largest impact in reducing the frequency and severity of crashes. In 2010, the American Association...
  • To develop data that could help improve the design of bridge girders, MPC researchers at Utah State University investigated the amount of strain typical vehicles caused in the bottom of each girder as they travel across the bridge. This research also examined the maximum strains in the bridge girders...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Utah conducted a survey to examine the relationship between consumers' beliefs about automated vehicles, their knowledge of automated vehicles, and their views about technology. The researchers investigated how knowledge of self-driving vehicles, perceived knowledge...
  • MPC researchers at South Dakota State University developed a visual load rating method for double-tee bridges that maximizes the use of existing double-tee bridges while providing safe travel and preserving the bridge investment. They reviewed more than 370 inspection reports to determine the frequency...
  • Child pedestrians deserve particular attention when considering traffic safety. This means identifying locations where child pedestrians are at particular risk as well as taking a more proactive safety approach to find out where their trips are being suppressed specifically due to road safety concerns. Pedestrian...
  • MPC researchers at the University of Denver are developing a tool to measure the effectiveness of safety culture within a company or industry. The researchers administered the Safety Culture Assessment Scale to employees of a large regional railroad at two separate times. Results demonstrated the reliability...
  • Work shifts that place shortline railroad workers at risk for fatigue-related injuries as well as strategies for avoiding those injuries were identified in MPC research at the University of Denver. A sample of work schedules and sleep diaries were obtained from the shortline railroad industry and analyzed...
  • MPC researchers at North Dakota State University want to better understand the relationships between roadside inspection data and safety performance data for large trucks. The researchers used data mining techniques and statistical analysis to examine data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's...
  • Considerable research has focused on the seismic performance of bridges, but embankments are also subject to damage during earthquakes. That damage may prevent the proper functioning of transportation networks that will be essential for rescue workers, repair teams and disaster relief efforts. MPC researchers...
  • The fatigue life of rebar in reinforced concrete beams could be doubled or tripled through the use of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP), MPC researchers at Colorado State University found. The researchers studied the effect of externally bonded CFRP on slowing or arresting fatigue crack growth...
  • An airborne remote sensing method called LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is a promising method for collecting data on highway assets such as bridges and culverts, according to MPC research at Utah State University. The researchers found that airborne LiDAR is much faster in data collection than...
  • MPC researchers have developed an improved approach to highway maintenance and rehabilitation that better integrates the selection and scheduling of projects. A goal of the approach is to select and schedule projects to maximize their benefit or effectiveness while minimizing the traffic impacts of work...
  • Vanessa McEntee, a graduate student at the University of Utah, was selected to present findings from her research for the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. on May 14 at the University Transportation Center's Spotlight Conference. For the past two years, McEntee has been studying seismic retrofit methods...
  • UGPTI researcher Raj Bridgelall and NDSU transportation and logistics doctoral student Leonard Chia presented papers at the SPIE 26th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Material Systems + Nondestructive Evaluation in Denver, CO, in March. Bridgelall presented "Sensor System Benefits...
  • Chris Pantelides, an MPC researcher at the University of Utah was recently honored for mentoring students and was selected as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2018 by the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. Pantelides was selected by students as the Outstanding Mentor of the Year for 2018-2019 in the...
  • Md. Daulat Hossain, a Ph.D. student in transportation and logistics, was recently elected President of the NDSU Graduate Student Council. Among other duties, the president presides at all meetings, approves appointments to committees, approves the council's budget and serves as a liaison between the...
  • MPC research at the University of Colorado Denver explores an optimization system designed to identify optimal trade-offs between two important transportation objectives of minimizing greenhouse gases and air pollution emissions and total travel time while meeting preferences and convenience of business...
  • MPC research at the University of Wyoming provides WYDOT, as well as other transportation agencies nationwide, the necessary models to estimate resilient modulus (a measurement of material stiffness under various conditions) of granular crushed road base materials. Understanding this characteristic is...
  • Although bicycling is considered to be ten times more dangerous than driving, the evidence continues to build that bike-friendly cities are not only safer for bicyclists but for all road users. This report looks to understand why this is the case. Based on 13 years of data from 14 major U.S. cities...
  • Many laboratory studies have shown erratic flexural strength among replicate fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) specimens, leading to unreliable claims about the performance of certain fiber reinforced concrete elements in the field.Experimental average residual strength values obtained in this study confirms...
  • Couplers are not allowed to be used in bridge column plastic hinges in high seismic regions. This prevents their use as a precast column connection, a potential use that would facilitate accelerated construction. This ban is because of a lack of systematic test data on the coupler performance, limited...
  • MPC researchers found that agent-based simulation (ABS) for modeling agricultural transportation demand provides a greater level of detail for transportation planning efforts. This level of detail enhances the ability to accurately project investment needs and target infrastructure investments. North...
  • Xianfeng (Terry) Yang, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah has been named outstanding reviewer by three transportation journals. Outstanding reviewers offer expertise and professional service to support journals as they work to maintain the high quality...
  • Yail (Jimmy) Kim, University of Colorado Denver professor of civil engineering, received the 2018 Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award. The award recognizes exemplary work at the university and recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprising previous award winners. Kim has been...
  • University of Utah master's student Nuzhat Azra received the 2018 Ellis L. Mathes Scholarship from the Intermountain Section of the Institute of Traffic Engineers at the group's annual meeting in Jackson, WY. Two $2,000 scholarships are awarded annually to students in engineering with an emphasis in...
  • The recipient of the 2018 Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper in Bridge Engineering is Ruoyang Wu, a doctoral student at the University of Utah. The Nevada Medal is an annual award given to a graduate student paper that has made significant contributions to the state-of-the-art in...
  • NDSU and the University of North Dakota have received a patent for technology that integrates energy-storing capacitors into the body or other large components of manned and unmanned aircraft systems, known as UAS."This capacitor technology, which will supplement batteries, will allow for greater range...
  • NDSU Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Bukola Bakare has launched an innovative portable vegetable garden project to help low income families and new Americans in the Fargo-Moorhead area eat healthier food. The project was funded by a grant from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Bakare, left...
  • Those attending the 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition in Salt Lake City will have a unique opportunity to visit the UDOT Traffic Operations Center where Utah Department of Transportation leaders will describe technologies in which UDOT has become a national...
  • Chris Pantelides, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah was elected an active member of the Academy of Civil Engineers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO. The induction ceremony for Pantelides and 11 other honorees was April 19 in Rolla....
  • Matt Shatzkin, who earned his PhD in transportation and logistics from NDSU in 2014 has joined NDSU as an adjunct professor. Shatzkin has been a U.S. Army logistics practitioner for 27 years, achieving the rank of colonel. He is the author of the book, "Understanding the Complexity of Emergency Supply...
  • Five NDSU students presented research at the 59th Annual Transportation Research Forum April 10-11 in Minneapolis. The event was an opportunity for transportation professionals, academics, students, and graduates to present their work, discuss the latest research, debate contemporary transportation issues...
  • MPC researcher Chris Pantelides, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Utah, discussed the safety and widespread use of accelerated bridge construction in an interview with KUTV, Salt Lake City channel 2. He was interviewed in the wake of the collapse of a pedestrian...
  • NDSU researchers Ying Huang, Pan Lu and Raj Bridgelall presented their paper, "Road sensor network for smart city applications," at the Conference on Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure and Transportation. The event was organized by SPIE...
  • NeTia Bauman, tribal program outreach coordinator for the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University, is serving on the 2018 National Transportation in Indian Country Conference (NTICC) planning committee. She will assist with reviewing submissions from potential presenters...
  • Chris Pantelides, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, was recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials. He has authored or co-authored over 100 technical journal papers. He has been a professor at...
  • Nadim Wehbe, John M. Hanson Professor and head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University, was named the 2017 Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Outstanding Researcher. Wehbe was recognized at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence banquet held at SDSU...
  • The Tribal Transportation Scholarship at North Dakota State University will recognize outstanding Native American Students who will be enrolling at NDSU with an interest in engineering, economics or agriculture. Funding for the $2,000 scholarship will be provided by the Mountain-Plains Consortium through...
  • South Dakota State University master's student Peng Dai won the first place student poster award at the Eastern South Dakota Water Conference held in November in Brookings. Dai's poster title was "Escherichia Coli Removal from Stormwater in Steel Chip Filters." His advisor is Dr. Guanghui Hua, assistant...
  • Researchers and students from MPC universities presented more than 60 papers or posters at the 97th 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....
  • Dilip Mistry, a doctoral student in Transportation and Logistics within the College of Business at NDSU was named the Region VIII Mountain-Plains Consortium Student of the Year, Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation honors an outstanding student for achievement and...
  • Dr. Yufen Zhou, a former MPC Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, was recently named a Rising Star by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zhou is a wind engineer at SOH Wind Engineering LLC focusing on wind-induced vibration of critical...
  • The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University celebrated its 50th Anniversary by hosting an interactive outdoor event featuring heavy trucks, emergency response vehicles, transportation safety exhibits and highlights of the Institute's history. Visit the Institute's...
  • The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western District, recognized Dr. Cathy Liu with its Outstanding Educator Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego in June. The award recognizes one educator who has shown extraordinary creativity in teaching, taken exceptional measures to spark student...
  • The National Summer Transportation Institute at South Dakota State University increased awareness and stimulated interest in transportation among participating high school students. The week-long program in August hosted 18 students and was a cooperative program of SDSU, the SD Department of Transportation...
  • A new online transportation and logistics course will be offered at NDSU for the spring 2018 semester focusing on transportation technology. The course, TL 757: Intelligent Transportation Solutions, will introduce graduate students to transportation solutions that leverage technology to help move people...
  • Romero Honored by UDOT (Jun 21, 2017)
    Pedro Romero, faculty in Civil Engineering at the University of Utah was presented with the Utah Department of Transportation Trailblazer Award during the 2017 UDOT research meeting. The award was given in recognition of his contributions toward "excellence in transportation research." For years, Romero...
  • Nick Ferenchak, Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado Denver will present "Redefining the child pedestrian safety paradigm: identifying high fatality concentrations in urban areas" at the International Walk 21 Conference in Calgary, Alberta Sept. 19-22. The research was part of MPC project 515...
  • Bukola Bakare, a transportation and logistics PhD student at North Dakota State University, was chosen to participate in the Tri-College NEW Leadership Development institute in May. Bakare was one of only 45 participants chosen from among the 109 applicants. The New (National Education for Women's) Leadership...
  • Colonel Matt Shatzkin, a U.S. Army logistics expert and graduate of NDSU's Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. program presented a lecture on emergency supply chains Monday, May 8. His presentation, "Understanding the Complexity of Emergency Supply Chains," defined a framework for emergency supply chains...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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