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.
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.
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.
Richard 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.
In 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.
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…
Mechanical 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.