Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty researchers and other consortium members will come together on August 6-7 in Wilmington, DE for the first MATS UTC Annual Meeting. In addition to transacting the official business of the center, the two-day event is an opportunity for consortium members from six partner universities to share ideas and to plot future directions for transportation research and engineering.
Day 1 of the meeting features a panel on emerging research in transportation sustainability. Experts from across the country will provide their insights on sustainable freight movement, coastal infrastructure reliability, energy efficient urban transportation, enhanced water quality management and sustainable land use practices in a session called “Emerging Research in Transportation Sustainability” that will be simultaneously broadcasted as a webinar. Register here.
The opening lunch includes poster presentations by students and their faculty advisors on twenty MATS UTC-funded research projects.
Day 2 focuses on small and large group discussions to identify strategic research needs that will create innovative approaches to transportation sustainability, specifically targeting transportation issues that have a direct impact on the mid-Atlantic region. Day 2 also features a State of the Center address by Brian Smith, P.E., MATS UTC Strategic Director.
Presentations on Regional, State and Local Perspectives on Infrastructure Impacts of Sea Level Rise will take place on Day 2 from 4-5 pm, and this will be also broadcasted as a webinar. Register here.
Meeting organizer, Ellen Pletz of the University of Delaware’s Center for Transportation, explains that, “the goal of the annual meeting is to create opportunities for our consortium researchers to meet face-to-face and to build upon their collective knowledge. Our hope is that these discussions will lay the groundwork for collaborative projects that leverage the expertise of each researcher and the technical strengths of each university.”
At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, optional sustainability training will be provided for attendees who are interested in the infrastructure impacts of sea level rise.