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Mid-America Transportation Center

Transportation Workforce Diversity Initiative at Kansas State University

Final Report
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Kansas State University


  • Principal Investigator: Mustaque Hossain ( (785) 532-1576)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Bobb Stokes ( (785) 532-1595)
  • Project Status
  • Start Date: 01/31/2012
  • End Date: 06/30/2013
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    Due to graying of our current work force, a pool of highly qualified transportation professionals will be required in the near future to plan, design, operate and maintain our nation’s transportation infrastructure, facilities and services. There is a need for motivational and educational programs designed for students and future transportation professionals who want to expand their knowledge and skills through a program of internship for the undergraduate engineering students and graduate study for professionals that is less extensive, and different from, a traditional master’s program. The proposed internship program for the undergraduate students will provide motivation to pursue a future career in transportation engineering. In this project, an emphasis will be placed on recruiting students from a diverse background.
    Research Objective
    The objective of the proposed internship program for the undergraduate students is to provide motivation to pursue a future career in transportation engineering.
    Potential Benefits
    The project will result in a diverse workforce in the transportation sector.
    The main objective of this project is to motive and develop the next generation of transportation students and professionals of color.In FY'10, KSU, under sponsorship from the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC), initiated a Transportation Workforce Development Initiative. The components of this program were (a) KSU-MATC Academic Year Internships; (b) KDOT-KSU-MATC Summer Internship; and (c) Certificate Program in Transportation Engineering.In this project, a new initiative taken by the College of Engineering at KSU for retention and inclusion of engineering students that are expecting to have a career in transportation will be supported.
    Total Project Cost
    $ 19,767