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Register for the MATS UTC Annual Meeting or Open House August 4-5 in Charlottesville

We are happy to announce that registration is open for the MATS UTC Annual Meeting, August 4-5 in Charlottesville, VA. Following a similar format to last year, we will start at noon on Thursday with a lunch and poster session featuring most of our 30 active or newly completed projects.  Then we’ll have a State of the Center presentation and featured junior faculty speakers from around the region.  The poster session and afternoon sessions will be open to the public as our first MATS UTC Open House.  After a dessert reception and candlelight tours of the UVA Grounds, we will meet Friday morning with break out discussions.  Friday afternoon features a Transportation Sustainability Workshop.  More details are provided below.

We’re staying at The Graduate Hotel and a limited number of rooms are available at the government rate.  Please register for the meeting with the link below and then reserve your $128 hotel room by calling 434-295-4333, option 1 as soon as possible but before June 30, 2016.

MATS UTC Affiliates:
Full Meeting Registration:
MATS UTC faculty, staff and researchers will pay a $50 registration fee.
Students and Advisory Board Members, please register as “Local Government” and select “Pay by Check” to receive complimentary conference registration.

Non-MATS UTC Affiliates:
Open House Registration Only (Free!):
Includes Thursday activities from 12-4:30pm.

(After registering (and paying as appropriate) you will receive an automatic confirmation that suggests that you have signed up for a Transportation Training Academy class.  This confirms your registration to the Annual Meeting.)

More Agenda Details

THURSDAY, August 4

OPEN HOUSE from 12:00-5:00 in Rice Hall on the University of Virginia Grounds in Charlottesville.  Open to all.  Registrations preferred.

12:00-2:00  MATS UTC Research Project Posters  (over 30!) and Lunch

Move to Rice Hall Auditorium.  This portion is available as a webinar:  Register Here

2:15-2:45 State of MATS UTC Presentation (Brian Smith)
2:45-5:00  Emerging Research Areas and Opportunities
                2:45-3:00  Rajesh Paleti, Old Dominion University
                3:00-3:15  Hao Chen, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
                3:15-3:30  Celeste Chavis, Morgan State University
                3:30-3:45 Wrap Up and Audience Discussion
4:00-4:15  Julia Maresca, University of Delaware
                4:15-4:30  Hai Nguyen, Marshall University
                4:30-4:45 Cody Fleming, University of Virginia
                4:45-5:00 Wrap Up and Audience Discussion


5:00-5:15  Announcements (Dinner and Evening Event Logistics; Friday Morning)
Dinner on your own
7:30-9:00 Dessert Reception at the Garden Room on UVA Lawn
9:00-10:15 Candlelight Tours of UVA Grounds

FRIDAY, August 5

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
8:30 Announcements/Break-out Logistics
8:45-9:30 Breakout Session #1
                Breakout A:  Sustainable Freight Movement
                Breakout B:  Coastal Infrastructure Reliability
                Breakout C:  Reaching Underrepresented Groups
                Breakout D:  Technical Transfer
9:30-10:15  Breakout Session #2
                Breakout E:  Energy Efficient Urban Transportation
                Breakout F:  Preserving the Environment
                Breakout G:  Outreach and Collaboration—Internal and External; Academic and Agency
                Breakout H:  Technical Transfer
10:30-11:15  Breakout Session #3
                Breakout I:  Enhanced Water Quality Management
                Breakout J:  Sustainable Land Use Practices
                Breakout K:  Education
                Breakout L:  Technical Transfer
11:15-12:00 Breakout Reports

12:00-1:00 Boxed Lunches
1:00-4:00 Transportation Sustainability Workshop:  Mobile, Wearable Sensing for Sustainable Transportation Systems (Andrew Mondschein)

Information about the 2015 Annual Meeting can be found here.


Revised Deadline!! Apply for Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program by March 15!

The Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) will be again hosting an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program (USRIP).  Researchers from across the country will be working with faculty and staff at all six MATS UTC consortium universities and the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC) on a variety of projects. Rising seniors and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply!

  • Participating Research Facilities: U Delaware, Morgan State, Old Dominion, U Virginia, Marshall, Virginia Tech, VA Transportation Research Council
  • Program dates: May 31 – July 29, 2016
  • Stipend: $4000 + out-of-town housing (and a limited number of meal stipends available, if federal aid-qualified)
  • Application requirements:  Application Form, Personal statement, Resume, Two letters of recommendation, Unofficial transcript
  • Revised Application Deadline: March 15, 2016  We will review applications on a rolling basis after full application packages are received.
  • For more information, please see the application form and last year’s Symposium web page for a video of last summer’s researchers and a list of their projects. Please direct all questions to Dr. Emily Parkany (MATS UTC Managing Director) at

USDOT FHWA Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) Applications Now Open!

The US Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). STIPDG provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. Funded by the Federal Highway Administration, STIPDG gives college/university students with hands-on experience and on-the-job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues.  The 10-week, paid internship program will run from June 6 – August 12, 2016. For detailed program information, eligibility requirements, and the application portal, please visit The application deadline is January 15, 2016. Any and all academic majors are encouraged to apply!


May 6 Green and Blue Highways Symposium (with Registration Links!)

Green & Blue Highways Symposium: Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
VT Executive Briefing Center, 900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

In person registration:

The current schedule is available as a PDF document:  Symposium Agenda and is posted below.  One Page Flyer

See below for webinar registration links.

On Wednesday, May 6, transportation experts from across the nation will gather at the Virginia Tech Executive Briefing Center in Arlington, Virginia to share ideas on transportation planning and engineering best practices that have the potential to impact the health of the environment. Convened by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center Region 3 University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) and open to all, the symposium will provide a forum to consider “green” and “blue” approaches to infrastructure design and management within an economic, social and environmental framework.

“This symposium really provides the opportunity to envision the future of the green and blue highway transportation system as well as expose people to MATS UTC and get them thinking about transportation sustainability,” states Emily Parkany, P.E., Managing Director of MATS UTC. “When we gather together as practitioners, researchers, and policy makers, we can make significant strides in tackling sustainability issues from a wide variety of perspectives. The format of the symposium, which encourages interactive discourse among leading experts and participants, will inform interested parties as well as stimulate potential new collaborations and partnerships to address congestion, energy supply, environmental impacts and climate change, as well as other unmet transportation challenges.”

Brian Smith, P.E., Director of MATS UTC, agrees.  “Now is the time to focus on environmental sustainability. Building upon strong successful university/industry/agency partnerships, we have the ability to push research and education to create truly innovative offerings in transportation sustainability that have a direct impact on the mid-Atlantic region.”

Sessions will focus on identifying engineering best practices and strategic research needs in the areas of sustainable materials, asset management, sustainability rating systems, transportation and stormwater management, system resilience and transferring research to practice.  All sessions will be available as webinars (see below for registration links) and recorded sessions will be available after the meeting at

Elise Barrella, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at James Madison University and the organizer of the event, hopes that the symposium turns ideas and research into action and implementation. “The interactive nature of the sessions is specifically intended to challenge people’s views about how we tackle sustainability issues. The transportation industry has a major impact on the environment yet it also has a huge opportunity to be a driving force in creating solutions.”

The in-person registration link is available here.  Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. The event has been approved for professional development credit, including a certificate of completion.

The sessions have been divided into three free WEBINARS.  Please sign up for the webinars that interest you by clicking on the hyperlink for each webinar:

10am – 12pm: The Role of Rating Systems
12:45 – 2pm: Life Cycle and Asset Management
2:15 – 4pm: Blue Highways (Stormwater, Climate Impact, Resilience and General Discussion)

The current schedule is available as a PDF document Symposium AgendaOne Page Flyer

DRAFT AGENDA – Green & Blue Highways: Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10am-4pm

VT Executive Briefing Center, 900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

9:30-10:00 Registration & Light Breakfast

10:00-10:45 Introduction (MATS UTC) & Keynote Speaker (Sustainability State of the Practice – Measuring and Monitoring – Dr. Josias Zietsman, Texas Transportation Institute & Chair of TRB Transportation Sustainability Committee)

10:45-11:15 Sustainability Rating Systems: Case Studies of FHWA’s INVEST (Dr. Connie Hill, FHWA Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team)

11:15-11:45 Sustainability Rating Systems: Role in Advancing Environmental Sustainability (Dr. Gary McVoy, McVoy Associates LLC)

11:45-12:00 Discussion

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Sustainable Materials & Lifecycle Assessment (Georgene M. Geary, GGfGA Engineering, LLC)

1:15-1:45 Managing Transportation System Health/Asset Management (Dr. Gerardo Flintsch, Virginia Tech)

1:45-2:00 Discussion

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-2:45 Blue Highways: Transportation and Stormwater Management (Ginny Snead, Louis Berger)

2:45-3:15 Climate Impacts and Resiliency of Transportation Network (Sam S. Belfield, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization)

3:15-4:00 Discussion: Research Needs and Transferring Research to Practice

*Note: All Speakers and Titles Subject to Change

For more information, contact Elise Barrella at or 540-568-7621.

Preparing for a Career in Transportation Webinar and Seminar with FHWA’s Pamela Kordenbrock

MATS UTC Webinar: Preparing for a Career in Transportation Tuesday, March 24, 12:30-1:30

Pamela Kordenbrock presenting

FHWA Tennessee Division Administrator Pamela Kordenbrock presented a MATS UTC Careers in Transportation webinar on March 24 from 12:30-1:30pm ET.  Ms. Kordenbrock told us a bit about how her roles and responsibilities have changed as she has grown as a federal employee in transportation, initially working as an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Engineer and now leading all FHWA staff in Tennessee.

Pamela Kordenbrock has been the Division Administrator in Tennessee for the Federal Highway Administration of US Department of Transportation for the past five years.  Prior to this role, she was Assistant Division Administrator in New Mexico, the National ITS Architecture Program Manager at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and ITS Engineers for FHWA in Los Angeles and Baltimore.  She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

This is the first in a Careers in Transportation Series sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center.

MDOT-Morgan State University Graduate School Internship

Want a year-long paid internship (full-time in the summer, part-time during the school year) with the Maryland Department of Transportation?

The Maryland Department of Transportation-Morgan State University Graduate School Internship program is open to Morgan students pursuing post-graduate degrees in engineering, transportation, landscape architecture, finance, and information technology.

Placement opportunities are available at:

  • the Maryland Aviation Administration
  • Maryland Port Administration
  • Maryland Transit Administration
  • Motor Vehicle Administration
  • State Highway Administration
  • Maryland Transportation Authority
  • the secretary’s office at MDOT Headquarters

Complete application information is available here.

Two MATS UTC Workshops to be Offered by Transportation Training Academy

photo of a chalkboard with the word 'workshop'UVa’s Transportation Training Academy (TTA) is hosting two MATS UTC workshops this spring:

Overview of Transportation Sustainability, Charlottesville, April 14 (click here to visit the registration page)

Infrastructure Impacts of Sea Level Rise, Virginia Beach, May 5 (click here to visit the registration page)

Workshop fees will be $25 for local government staff, $50 for VDOT/feds, and $75 for private consultants.  More details to come.

MATS UTC Sustainability Symposium May 6 in Arlington, VA

View of a lecture hall in the Executive Conference CenterWe plan a MATS UTC Sustainability Symposium open to all May 6 in Arlington, VA at the Executive Conference Center (pictured).   We are inviting several speakers and we should have concurrent webinars of the presentations and archived videos.  Our current working title is Green & Blue Highways: Environmental Sustainability Best Practices for Transportation.

Registration will open soon.

MATSUTC Participates in VDOT NoVA Career Fair

CareerFair2The UVA Center for Transportation Studies participated in VDOT Northern Virginia Transportation 10th Annual Move Into The Future Career Fair on October 2 in Manassas, Virginia.  Professor Devin Harris, MATSUTC Managing Director Emily Parkany, and graduate students Mark Saliba and Lauren Bolton talked with over 500 high school students, other exhibitors, and VDOT staff volunteers about the new Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC).  Our car pen giveaways and travel to the event was supported by MATS UTC.  A highlight included meeting alumnus Danielle McCray whose photo is included in the Civil and Environmental Engineering brochures handed out to participants.  Danielle signed one of these brochures for us:  Danielle McCraySig.

Career Fair