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Accessibility Observatory at TRB 2019

The Accessibility Observatory team will be attending the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. next week. This post will give a quick rundown of the sessions and activity in which AO will be represented — come find us and talk

Posted in Accessibility (access to destinations), Bicycling, Events, Public transit, Safety, Transportation research, Uncategorized

Women in aviation take flight

mcoa-minnesotaairportsconference2018-0272-300ppi-6016x4016At this year’s Minnesota Airports Conference, held April 18-20 in Duluth, three successful women shared their experiences breaking down barriers in the aviation industry. Despite different backgrounds and career paths, these women shared the belief that they could do whatever men could do—and had the drive to push through when they were told otherwise.

In a panel discussion at the conference, the women talked about how they got started, where they found support, and what unique challenges they faced in a male-dominated field.

Posted in Aviation, Events, Uncategorized

International students study transportation during summer exchange

This summer, students from three Chinese universities spent six weeks learning about American transportation and culture as part of a training program offered by the Global Transit Innovations Program.

Thirty-two students from Southeast University, Nanjing Tech University, and Northwest University participated in the program, which included courses on GIS, transportation planning, English speaking and writing, and cross-cultural communication. The visiting students also attended a variety of transportation-focused seminars both on and off campus, including tours of U of M labs, 3M’s Innovation Center, and the St. Croix River Crossing.

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MAC hosts CTS Education and Engagement Council

The CTS Education and Engagement Council met yesterday at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), hosted by incoming council chair Steve Gentry, customer experience and operations analyst for MAC; Roy Fuhrmann, VP of management and operations; and Phil Burke, director of MSP operations.

The Council thanked outgoing chair, Mike Marti, principal/director of marketing at SRF Consulting Group, for his years of service as council chair and for his many years as a supporter and partner of CTS. With Gentry’s move into the chair position, Sheila Hatchell, MnDOT library director, is now vice chair of the council.

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Thank you to our outgoing Executive Committee members

As of the end of June, five members of the CTS Executive Committee will have completed their terms of service.

CTS would like to thank these departing members for their dedicated service and support to the Center and the University.

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In memoriam: Richard P. Braun

Richard BraunRichard P. Braun, the founding director of CTS and a champion of transportation innovation, died this week at the age of 91.

Braun was the sole employee of CTS when it opened its doors in 1987. During his tenure, CTS issued its first request for proposals to University researchers, formed an advisory structure, and held its first annual research conference. In addition, two federally funded programs began operations as part of CTS: the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute (a federal University Transportation Center) and the Minnesota Technology Transfer Program (now the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program). Braun retired as director in 1994.

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Taconite byproduct reduces road wear from studded tires

taconiteIn a recent project, the Alaska Department of Transportation used a byproduct of Minnesota’s taconite mining industry for a section of the Alaska Glenn Highway.

The taconite byproduct—Mesabi sand—serves as the aggregate of a sand-seal treatment for a 4,600-foot stretch of the highway just north of Anchorage. Sand seals are an application of a sealer, usually an emulsion, immediately followed by a light covering of a fine aggregate (the sand).

Larry Zanko, senior research program manager of the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota Duluth, was the on-site representative for the taconite sand analysis.

Posted in Infrastructure, Pavements, Transportation research, Uncategorized

Remembering Donald Harper

Donald Harper, a professor and administrator for 41 years in the U of M’s Carlson School of Management, passed away on February 25. Harper was one of the first faculty affiliates in the CTS research program. His work included analyses of

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U of M researchers receive NSF grant

nsf1Mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani and Roadway Safety Institute director Max Donath have been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant awards funding to academe-industry partnerships whose proposals move research toward implementation of a human-centered smart service system. In this new project, Rajamani and Donath will partner with Quality Bicycle Products to explore implementation and possible commercialization of the bicycle collision-warning system developed by Rajamani in his Institute-funded research.

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New pothole patching techniques lead to repairs that last

potholesIn Minnesota, the combination of traffic and extreme weather can turn small pavement problems into big potholes. To make progress in the seemingly unending task of pothole repair, U of M researchers are designing durable patches and repairs that are quick to apply and less costly for maintenance budgets.

In a new report, researchers present two improved options for pothole repair that are ideally suited to Minnesota’s cold and wet conditions. The first approach is a fast-setting, taconite-based compound, which was found to be especially well-suited for rigid and relatively deep repairs in concrete pavements. The second approach uses a vehicle-based microwave heating system with taconite materials for in-place pothole and pavement repair; this technology proved very effective for repairing potholes in asphalt pavement at all temperatures, including very cold temperatures.

Posted in Construction, Infrastructure, Maintenance, Pavements, Transportation research, Uncategorized
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