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Mid-America Transportation Center

2013 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium

Final Report
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Researchers

  • Principal Investigator: Shashi Nambisan (shashi@ce.unlv.edu 702-895-1325)
  • Project Status
    Complete
    About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    MATC support will be used for planning, implementation, and programmatic support of the Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium (MCTRS),and other technology transfer related to the ISU research, education and workforce development program. The MCTRS, held biennially in Ames, Iowa, brings together decision makers, practitioners, educators, researchers, and students with diverse backgrounds from universities, public and private sector organizations, as well as professional associations. With more than 300 participants from over 15 states having participated in each of the last three Symposia, the MCTRS is an excellent venue to disseminate outcomes from MATC's investments in education, research and technology transfer activities.
    Research Objective
    The MCTRS will help address the following aspects of the MATC Strategic Plan: 1. Workforce development by supporting student participation 2. Technology Transfer / outreach of activities 3. Promoting dialog between educators, practitioners, and students 4. Facilitating implementation of research outcomes 5. Identifying opportunities and challenges in Technology Transfer / outreach
    Potential Benefits
    The expected results are a rich program that draws participation from a broad range of decision makers, practitioners, educators, researchers, and students with diverse backgrounds from universities, public and private sector organizations, as well as professional associations. It is anticipated that the symposium will draw more than 300 participants from at least 15 states. The program will include leaders from government, industry, and the academe. A key outcome anticipated is increased participation at MCTRS from the MATC consortium. The compendium produced will document the Symposium's program and include abstracts, presentations, and papers submitted for inclusion in the compendium.
    Abstract
    The Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium (MCTRS) is a biennial event organized by ISU/InTrans jointly with the Iowa DOT. The last three Symposia have each attracted over 300 participants from more than 15 states. MATC's support will be used to enhance the Technology Transfer / outreach of activities its member universities and their partners. This will be accomplished through an increased level of participation in the MCTRS by students, staff, and MATC affiliated faculty. It also provides an excellent opportunity for the member universities to showcase their programs and activities with an emphasis on those related to MATC. In addition, the ISU team will assist with interim and final reporting, coordination of information sharing between universities and MATC, and participating in regional and national meetings. These activities will help expand the benefits of MATC's investments in education, research, and technology transfer activities.
    Project Amount
    $ 43,000