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Mid-America Transportation Center

Overview of Consortium Members

The member institutions that comprise the consortium have excellent facilities and significant resources that are essential to completing our research and education goals. The combined resources of the MATC consortium members include major research libraries, state-of-the art computer facilities, laboratories, and office space. In addition, university staff members help efficiently administer MATC projects and activities across the consortium.

MATC has access to a unique, comprehensive set of multi-modal research and testing facilities. A wide range of research has been conducted with these facilities and sponsored by various public and private agencies. A description of each facility is provided below.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is the primary research and doctoral degree-granting institution in Nebraska. As Nebraska's land-grant university, it serves as the flagship institution of the University of Nebraska system. UNL has extensive experience in federal- and non-federal-sponsored research, as evidenced by its annual submission and receipt of grants in excess of $150 million. With two state-of-the-art transportation laboratories–an Intelligent Transportation Laboratory, and a Visualization and Simulation Laboratory (as well as a Structural and Geomaterials Laboratory on campus)–Whittier Research Center, the new UNL facility for Nebraska Transportation Center, is a substantive investment by the University of Nebraska Administration that is contributing substantially to MATC's core initiatives of research, education and tech transfer.

NTC at UNL serves as the umbrella organization for surface transportation-related research, education, and technology transfer programs on all four University of Nebraska campuses (Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, and the Medical Center). These programs include the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, MATC, and the Nebraska Technology Transfer Center on the Lincoln Campus; the UNL Center for Infrastructure Research and the UNO School of Public Administration on the Omaha Campus; and the Nebraska Safety Center at the University of Nebraska in Kearney. The Health Education, Rural Health, and Traffic Injury Prevention and Acute Treatment Programs are located in the NU Medical Center.

University of Nebraska Medical Center
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is one of four University of Nebraska campuses and the state’s only public center for academic health sciences. UNMC has developed an award-winning reputation for education, medical research, patient care, and community outreach. UNMC is home to the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, & Emerging Infectious Disease (CBBEID), the Great Plains Center for Clinical & Translational Research, the Center for Health Policy, and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Faculty
The Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) has a broad-based program with seven emphasis areas, including structures, geotechnical engineering, construction, materials, transportation, environmental engineering, and hydraulics. The Missouri S&T research activities related to infrastructural engineering and intelligent systems are coordinated by several research centers. The umbrella organization, the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies (CIES), plays a significant role in the execution of initiatives within transportation infrastructure areas.

The primary research areas developed over the years include advanced materials and their application for existing structure rehabilitations, load test bridge assessment, non-destructive evaluation, and the monitoring of technologies for civil infrastructure. Missouri S&T has developed research infrastructures for several of the proposed research theme topics, including a three-story structures testing laboratory that allows for the testing of full-scale structural members and systems, a structural health monitoring laboratory, a material testing laboratory, a non-destructive testing laboratory, and a network simulation laboratory.

In addition to research capabilities, Missouri S&T has a strong education outreach program with ongoing K-12 programs–including involvement in local elementary education events and secondary school visits–and a well-developed undergraduate intern program with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

University of Iowa Faculty
The University of Iowa (UI) brings a number of important research groups to the MATC consortium. UI's Public Policy Center (PPC) was formed in 1987 to facilitate interdisciplinary academic research on public policy issues. Research teams at PPC address a number of important policy areas including transportation, health care, human factors and vehicle safety, economic development, social equity, and environmental quality. UI is also home to the National Advanced Driving Simulator–the most advanced driving simulator in the world. Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is used to conduct research that will ultimately reduce the loss of lives and property on the nation's roadways. In fact, research at UI is focused on improving the safety of roadways in a variety of ways: by understanding the safety climate of commercial operations, improving the safety bridge crossings, and mitigating accident severity by reducing the potential for freight-related explosions.

Educational programming at UI has included coordinating a research symposium that is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Speakers are composed of industry professionals, from the public and private sectors, and topics of discussion have included the future of the transportation industry. Additionally, UI faculty added two courses, “Public Transit Operations” and “Planning and Freight Transportation Planning,” to expand the transportation offerings for students.

University of Kansas Faculty
The University of Kansas (KU) fosters cross-disciplinary research in emerging transportation issues that have broad significance. KU is home to the Kansas University Transportation Center, which conducts, coordinates, and promotes transportation research, training, and technology transfer. Campus researchers and graduate students participate in research across related disciplines with colleagues from other universities and public transportation entities. One example of such collaboration is the successful KU intern program, which merges public and private sectors in an intensive education experience. By planning and implementing a summer intern program in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Transportation, MATC faculty members at KU have placed an important emphasis on the professionalism, marketability and career knowledge of undergraduate students.

Faculty researchers at the University of Kansas conduct research on a variety of transportation topics, such as (1) new component and system technologies that advance vehicular and transportation systems; (2) the development of a new generation of vehicles, with improved energy efficiencies and lowered pollutant emissions, increased safety and durability; (3) the planning and development of new tools to design, model, and analyze components, transportation systems and environmental impacts; and (4) the provision of advanced-technology educational research experiences through undergraduate and graduate programs, interaction with industrial partners, and outreach activities to state and regional groups.

Lincoln University Faculty
Lincoln University (LU), located in Jefferson, Missouri, has strong programs in business, finance, and accounting and has requested that education be the focus of their participation in MATC. As the only historically black college and university (HBCU) in Region VII, LU's participation is critical to the success of the education and technology transfer components of the MATC program.

University of Nebraska Omaha
The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), one of the four main University of Nebraska campuses, houses the Peter Kiewit Institute of Information Science, Technology and Engineering, a dynamic alliance of education and industry that focuses on information technology and cyber security research. Experts at the Peter Kiewit Institute and health care professionals at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Nebraska Public Health Laboratory developed the Secure Telecommunications Application Terminal Package system (STATPack™). STATPack™ is a secure, dedicated, HIPPA-compliant web-based network system that supports telecommunication connectivity of clinical health laboratories to increase preparedness for bioterrorism events. This system consists of a computer and high resolution camera that photographs culture plates to send to a hub health laboratory for consultation regarding unknown organisms or suspicious packages. STATPack™ systems are located in Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

University of Kansas Medical Center
The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is nationally recognized for providing exceptional education to health care professionals and for the many centers and institutes it houses. KUMC includes three schools: the School of Medicine, with campuses in Kansas City, Witchita, and Salina; the School of Nursing; and the School of Health Professions. The campus is shared with the University of Kansas Hospital.

Nebraska Indian Community College
Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) is a two-year community tribal college located in Macy, Nebraska, which provides a high level of education, community-focused learning, and cultural preservation to students belonging to the Umonhon (Omaha) and Isanti (Santee Dakota) Nations and other learners. NICC is equipped to play an integral part in MATC’s research, education, and workforce development initiatives. NICC also serves as liaison to other community colleges in Region VII and to tribal colleges throughout the U.S. In 2016, MATC partnered with NICC for the fourth iteration of the MATC Scholars Program, held October 27-28. Several NICC faculty members joined additional guest speakers in leading sessions for Native American undergraduates about transitioning from two-year to four-year institutions.

Top photo: courtesy of Shelley Bhattacharya
Fourth photo from top: courtesy of Irtiza Khan
Bottom photo: courtesy of Missouri S&T