Overview of 2016 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.
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)–Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School, the UNL facility for the Nebraska
Transportation Center (NTC), is an investment by the University of Nebraska Administration that is
contributing substantially to MATC's core initiatives of research, education, and tech transfer.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is 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. The medical center houses the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, & Emerging
Infectious Disease (CBBEID), the Center for Health Policy, the Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders,
and the Health Education, Rural Health, and Traffic Injury Prevention and Acute Treatment Programs.
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.
Missouri S&T research activities related to infrastructural engineering and intelligent systems are
coordinated by several research centers. The umbrella organization, the Center for Intelligent Infrastructure
(CII), plays a significant role in the execution of initiatives within transportation infrastructure areas.
The primary research areas developed over the years include existing structure rehabilitations, load test
bridge assessment, non-destructive evaluation, the monitoring technologies, and robot-based inspection and
maintenance for civil infrastructure. In addition to research capabilities, Missouri S&T has a strong
education outreach program with ongoing K-12 programs.
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.
The University of Kansas (KU) fosters cross-disciplinary research in emerging transportation issues that
have broad significance. KU is home to the University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC), which
conducts, coordinates, and promotes transportation training, technology transfer, and research to the
State of Kansas and the surrounding region. The KUTC is a multi-disciplinary center of the University of
Kansas operating since 1977, managing technology transfer and research programs. Primary areas of
interest are highway engineering and maintenance, traffic engineering and safety, transportation
workforce development, and community transit. The Center’s three primary programs are Kansas LTAP,
Kansas RTAP, and the Kansas Local Field Liaison Program. Campus researchers and graduate students
participate in research across related disciplines with colleagues from other universities and public
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.
The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) 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.
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
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 UmóNhoN (Omaha) and Isanti (Santee Dakota)
Nations and other learners. NICC is equipped to play an integral part in MATC’s education and workforce
development initiatives. NICC serves as liaison to other community colleges in Region VII and to
tribal colleges throughout the U.S. MATC partners with NICC for the Scholars Program held in the
fall to assist Native American undergraduates with transitioning from two-year to four-year
institutions. Several NICC faculty members joined additional guest speakers in leading sessions for
Native American undergraduates about transitioning from two-year to four-year institutions.