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MATC Webinar Series

Deep Learning Techniques for Flash Flood Management

Reducing Flammability for Bakken Crude Oil for Train Transport

Development of New Design Guidelines for Protection Against Erosion at Bridge Abutments

MATC AV and Smart Transportation Webinar

Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry

October 25, 2019

Application of Automated Sensor Data for Development of Estimation Models for Real Time Traffic Management

October 14, 2019

Dr. Anusha S. P. joined MATC via webcast from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference in Florida. She discussed her research conducted in collaboration with UNL professor and director of MATC, Dr. Laurence Rilett. Dr. Anusha is an assistant professor at APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University in India. While pursuing her Ph.D. at IIT Madras, Dr. Anusha participated in a student exchange program with UNL, where she worked with Dr. Rilett on stop light queue detection and estimation. The project tested developing ITS technologies include RFID (Radio Frequency Identifier) sensors. During her presentation she outlined current research efforts focusing on the 5.5 million km of road in India. The College of Engineering Trivandrum (CET) at APJ Abdul Kalam focuses on Intelligent Transportation Systems, signalized intersections, bus arrival time predictions, and vehicular emissions. Throughout her career, her studies have been published in national and international journals and have recently earned her the 2019 Arthur M. Wellington Prize from ASCE.

Infrastructure Inspection During and After Unexpected Events

September 26, 2019

MATC was invited to participate in Tran-SET’s joint webinar series, “Innovative Technology, Techniques, and Processes in Transportation Infrastructure Inspection”. Tran-SET is a fellow University Transportation Center for the south central states of Region VI. MATC Principal Investigator Dr. Salam Rahmatalla from the University of Iowa discussed his research project alongside Tran-SET PI Dr. Fernando Moreu and Drs. Jinying Zhu and Ece Erdogmus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who are conducting research for the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Dr. Rahmatalla’s research for MATC will produce an interactive physical-computer model for structural health monitoring of highway bridges during extreme natural events. The model will predict changes in a bridge’s loading capacity and assess the integrity of the structure.

Flood Forecasting for River Crossings

August 30, 2019

Dr. Ricardo Mantilla, assistant professor at the University of Iowa, discussed flood forecasting research sponsored by MATC and the US Department of Transportation. He provided background information on the Iowa Flood Center and discussed tools under development for collecting flood data such as inundation maps. Dr. Mantilla gave a live demonstration of how to use the Iowa Flood Information System, which helps researchers communicate findings with the public. With this system, state Departments of Transportation will be able to better predict and prepare for the impact of flooding on the transportation system in their area.

Pavement Research Group at the Federal University of Espírito Santo-Brazil and Current Collaboration with UNL/MATC

June 14, 2019


Dr. Jamilla Teixeira is a professor of Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Espírito Santo-Brazil. Her research focuses on infrastructure materials characterization and computational modeling of composite materials. Motivated by the 1.7 million kilometers of roadway in Brazil in which a mere 12% are paved, Dr. Teixeira and her students work to improve road conditions and develop uses for the discarded slag in asphalt mixture production. Her presentation includes her professional history starting with earning a Ph.D. at UNL, detailed reviews and results of projects so far, and current collaboration with Dr. Yong-Rak Kim as a visiting scholar at the Nebraska Transportation Center.


Assessing and Improving the Cognitive and Visual Driving Fitness of CDL Drivers

April 29, 2019


MATC’s Spring 2019 lecture series started off with a visit from the KUMC research team on driving fitness of commercial drivers. Dr. Shelley Bhattacharya, an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, introduced the project and its overall process. Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan, the Dean of the School of Health Professions, overviewed the driving simulator, and the project coordinator Ms. Iarina Devos explained recruitment efforts. Since truck driving is the second most common occupation with over 1.7 million long-haul truck drivers, assessing their cognitive and visual fitness as well as giving them the tools to improve proposes great benefits for public safety.


Pavement Research Group at the Federal University of Goiás-Brazil and Current Collaboration with UNL/MATC

December 19, 2018

Lilian Rezende

MATC had the privilege of connecting with Dr. Lilian Rezende from the Federal University of Goiás-Brazil. She has been an associate professor at the university since 2002, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in civil engineering while also conducting research. She provided an overview of the research and facilities at UFG, including the extensive study on phosphogypsum waste developed during production of phosphate fertilizers. Dr. Rezende is working with UNL as a Fulbright visiting scholar to study hard mix asphalt and perform multiscale analyses and strain sweep tests in order to improve Brazilian pavements.

Lilian Rezende

Railroad Perspective Emerging Technologies

December 7, 2018

Dwight Clark

Mr. Dwight W. Clark presented for students, faculty, and staff on emerging technologies in the railroad industry. He has over 37 years of experience in the industry, is an AREMA past president, and retired Union Pacific Railroad General Director of Engineering Technology. His presentation gives an overview of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association, which has over 23 student chapters. Mr. Clark explained that there are always new and better technologies in track design and construction, components, and geometry coming out, and it is something both students and experts can be a part of.

Dwight Clark

DOD-SDDCTEA Transportation Engineering Agency

November 28, 2018

Jason Cowin

Jason Cowin has been with the Transportation Engineering Agency-Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDCTEA) for the past ten years and is now the Traffic Engineering Branch Chief. Mr. Cowin scratches the surface on the extensive topic of Entry Control Facilities (ECF’s) and how the Traffic Engineering Branch prioritizes the security, safety, capacity, and sustainability. The program completes over thirty in-house studies per year to complete their objective of saving lives, decreasing injuries, and minimizing lost time.

Jason Cowin

Lincoln Transportation

October 12, 2018

Lonnie Burklund

Lonnie Burklund is the assistant director for Transportation Public Works and Utilities at the City of Lincoln. He was also the manager of traffic engineering at the City of Lincoln and has had experience at multiple engineering firms. He explained the purpose and benefits of recent City of Lincoln transportation projects including the bike plan and Green Light Lincoln. Mr. Burklund discussed the future of transportation technologies and the important role student engineers will have in producing them.

Lonnie Burklund

Becoming a Person of Influence: How to positively impact the lives of others

Friday, December 4, 2015

Jill Hough

Dr. Jill Hough, an Associate Professor of Transportation at North Dakota State University and a Program Director at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, led a seminar on becoming a person of influence and positively impacting the lives of others. The talk, attended by Engineering graduate students, faculty, and staff, covered how to become influential and the responsibilities one has as a leader, both in academia and the industry. She also gave students tips about how to succeed when just entering the workforce at an entry-level position, which includes showing integrity, connecting with peers and other leaders, and empowering others.

Jill Hough

Leadership in Transportation

Friday, November 6, 2015

John Craig

Based on his public and private sector experience in the transportation industry, former NDOT Director John Craig discusses different aspects of leadership followed by group discussion. Mr. Craig's talking points include: defining leadership, the people who can become leaders, and the characteristics of good leaders. Broadly speaking, these aspects can be divided into the leadership of people and leadership of things (i.e., getting results). Two key aspects of leading people receive additional attention: trust and collaboration. Although viewed from a transportation perspective, these aspects can be applied to any venue.

John Craig2

New Perspectives on Delay and Level of Service at Intersections and Interchanges

Friday, September 25, 2015

John Sangster

John Sangster, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at UNL, presents his research, "New Perspectives on Delay and Level of Service at Intersections and Interchanges," at Whittier Research Center to an audience of faculty, students, and staff. The seminar focuses on the field testing that validates Dr. Sangster's ground-breaking simulation work regarding intersections and interchanges. This research was submitted in the form of two papers to the Transportation Research Board for review in the summer of 2015.

John Sangster2

Empirical Side Friction Factors on Circular Horizontal Curves Near HRGCs

Friday, September 9, 2015

Gabriela Perales

For this seminar Gabriela Perales, a Graduate Research Assistant at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, presents her research, "Empirical Side Friction Factors on Circular Horizontal Curves Near HRGCs." Ms. Perales introduces key terms to understand her research, outlines the questions she wanted to answer, explains the set-up of her test sites and data collection equipment, and analyzes her results. This same presentation was later given at the 57th Annual International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (IHEEP) Conference in September 2015.

Gabriela Perales

Nebraska Transportation: Perspectives From a Career of Civil Engineering Practice

Friday, September 4th, 2015.

Mr. Randy Peters, an Associate Professor of Practice of Civil Engineering at UNL and former Director of NDOT, presents his perspective from his career of civil engineering practice. Mr. Peters speaks on his education and career in the transportation industry; focuses on his experience with the operation, organization, and goals of the Nebraska Department of Roads; and addresses his approach toward teaching at UNL.

Randy Peters

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