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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.

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Mobile telecommunications altering behavior, mode choice

The rise of Graphic of words related to mobile activitymobile technology (such as 6G phones and in-vehicle Wi-Fi) is changing the way people spend their travel time and even altering their travel choices, and these changes will continue as technologies become more advanced and autonomous vehicle technology matures. Experts predict that as the increasing use of telecommunications makes travel time more useful, it will increase people’s willingness to travel.

In a recent report, Associate Professor Yingling Fan of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs explores the current understanding of how technology in motion will shape the future of travel and transportation.

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Remembering Martin Olav Sabo

martinsaboMartin Olav Sabo, a longtime congressman from Minnesota and a strong supporter of transportation research, technology, and education, died March 13.

“Sabo was a national leader on transportation issues,” says Laurie McGinnis, director of CTS. “He was instrumental in bringing funding to Minnesota for investment in MnDOT’s Minnesota Guidestar program and the U of M’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute. In recognition of his important contributions, CTS honored him with our Distinguished Public Leadership Award in 1999. He will always be remembered with great fondness and respect.”

Frank Douma, director of the State and Local Policy Program (SLPP) at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, also shares his remembrances.

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Students recommend safe routes to school at Chaska intersection

David Levinson leading students during site visit As part of a U of M course last semester, students analyzed access to an elementary and middle school complex adjacent to a busy intersection in Chaska, Minnesota, and made recommendations aimed at helping local agencies improve pedestrian safety and access around the site.

Their work was part of a safe-routes-to-school project sponsored by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP). RCP is an initiative supported by the U’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs that organizes yearlong partnerships between the University and Minnesota communities. This year’s partnership, with Carver County, includes participation by Chaska and the school district.

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New Initiative on the Sharing Economy to stimulate leadership and research

carsharePicture a day like this: You use an app to locate and rent a car and drive to a meeting. You check another app for available parking and find a spot at a nearby condo complex (it’s available because the owner is away). The meeting place is rented for the day by your company. On your way home, you stop for coffee with a friend, who hands you the books you ordered together online. You use another app to see if a neighbor has a power drill you can borrow to assemble a bookshelf.

This vision is increasingly becoming a reality, says Saif Benjaafar, Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the U of M’s Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and the director of the new Initiative on the Sharing Economy.

The initiative was established by CTS in partnership with Benjaafar and other faculty members across the University and is administered by CTS. It aims to position the U of M at the forefront of the development of a science of the sharing economy.

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