NGTS Faculty and MiTSO Attend TRB Transportation Meeting

News date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty and students recently attended one of the world’s largest gatherings of transportation professionals. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) held their 97th Annual Meeting in Washington D.C on January 7-11, 2018. A group from the Michigan Transportation Student Organization (MiTSO), along with six CEE faculty members, traveled to D.C. to learn more about the latest issues and innovations involving transportation.

The TRB Annual Meeting attracts more than 13,000 transportation professional from all around the world. The event involves over 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.

This was the first time an undergraduate group was sent to the D.C. event. The MiTSO group has been very active in the transportation space. CEE senior, Jacob Molewyk is the group’s president, with CEE Assistant Professor, Tierra Bills, serving as the faculty advisor for the group.

Molewyk said MiTSO’s trip to the TRB Annual Meeting was the highlight of their year. The students and faculty attended several days of sessions and seminars. Many transportation groups hosted receptions and dinners for attendees in the evenings.

“I did a lot of networking there, got in touch with a lot of people at the conference and made a lot of really good connections,“ said Molewyk.



The theme for the 2018 TRB meeting was “Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future.”  Many of the presentations centered around the hot-button topics of resilience and sustainability, transportation and public health and transformational technologies.

CEE’s Next Generation Transportation Systems (NGTS) faculty and students are actively working on technical research focused on these very topics, making the annual TRB Meeting the top transportation event for NGTS.

TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. TRB engages engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia.

The undergraduate and graduate students group was accompanied to the Annual Meeting by CEE faculty members Tierra Bills, Henry Liu, Neda Masoud, Yafeng Yin, Branko Kerkez, and Jerome Lynch.



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