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Mid-America Transportation Center

Transportation Scholars Program


Researchers

  • Principal Investigator:
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Shashi Nambisan (shashi@ce.unlv.edu 702-895-1325)
  • Project Status
    In Progress
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    The Transportation Scholar's Program at the Iowa State University (ISU) attracts high-quality students into transportation-related disciplines. ISU Transportation Scholars are required to work on research projects, enroll in a professional seminar course (distance learning seminar) for at least one semester, and participate at the Transportation Scholar's Conference and other student activities.
    Research Objective
    The Transportation Scholar's program will address the educational and workforce development aspects of the MATC Strategic Plan.
    Potential Benefits
    The Transportation Scholar's program will enhance the educational experience of students at MATC member universities, expose them to a broad range of topics, and provide networking opportunities with transportation leaders as well as students and faculty across MATC member universities.
    Abstract
    The Transportation Scholar's Program at the Iowa State University (ISU) attracts high-quality students into transportation-related disciplines. ISU Transportation Scholars are required to work on research projects, enroll in a professional seminar course (distance learning seminar) for at least one semester, and participate at the Transportation Scholar's Conference and other student activities.

    The proposed distance learning seminar series will be presented weekly during the spring semester. It will feature nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers from the public and private sectors, as well as the academe. This will build on the long-standing seminar series at ISU. It will include presentations made from Ames as well as from partner institutions across the MATC consortium. The seminars will not only enhance the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, staff and faculty at the various universities, but they also will provide professional networking opportunities with transportation sector leaders. The seminars will be broadcast real-time to sites at the MATC consortium via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) or an alternative web-enabled conferencing system. The ICN allows viewers at remote sites to actively participate in the seminar.

    During the Transportation Scholar's Conference, graduate and undergraduate students will present research papers at poster session(s). The posters will be judged by a panel of experts (MATC members), and the author of the best poster will be awarded a cash prize. It is anticipated that the proposed conference will be held in conjunction with other regional conferences such as MOVITE or Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium (MCTRS). The conference will enhance the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students, and provide networking opportunities with students across MATC member universities.
    Project Amount
    $ 28,070