Local Technical Assistance Program Partnerships
MATC works with the Local Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP) in the states within Region VII to disseminate useful research findings, provide resources, and offer training to industry professionals. Through Nebraska and Kansas LTAP, MATC faculty members have offered seminars and workshops on current issues facing the transportation profession.
Superpave Field Laboratory Technician Certification Training
Superpave Field Laboratory Technician Certification Training was a four-day course offered jointly by Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Transportation several times annually. This course allowed engineers, technicians and other personnel who were involved in the construction of Superpave Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavements using Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QC/QA) specifications in the state of Kansas to become certified. Superpave (Superior Performing Asphalt Pavements) represented an improved system for specifying asphalt binders and mineral aggregates, developing asphalt mixture design, and analyzing and establishing pavement performance prediction.
Successful completion of the course and certification (subjected to a combined passing score on two written tests and a laboratory proficiency test given at the end of the course) was required for all KDOT and contractor personnel performing tests on the Superpave projects. In 2010 alone, 66 participants from KDOT, HMA industry and consulting companies attended the training. Former MATC Associate Director Dr. Mustaque Hossain coordinated the program.
Transportation Certificate Program
The Kansas State University Transportation Engineering Graduate Certificate Program was a 12 credit hour fully online program that provided transportation professionals with the opportunity to expand knowledge and skills through graduate study. This convenient program was less extensive than a traditional master's program. Professionals could pursue a focused collection of courses that allowed them to receive recognition for continued efforts in the area of transportation engineering. Graduate certificate courses could apply towards pursuit of a traditional MS degree. Some of the distance courses offered through this program included Traffic Engineering I, Pavement Design, Portland Cement Concrete Pavements, Transportation Safety, and Land Development for Civil Engineers. The program was sponsored by MATC and the Kansas State University Transportation Center.