UNI Faculty with Transportation
State University, through its Center for Transportation Research and
Education (CTRE), is the Midwest Transportation Consortiumís (MTC) lead
institution. ISU is partnering with the
University of Missouri-Columbia
through UMCís Transportation Infrastructure Center (TIC).
Four junior partner institutions will
be programmatically linked to the MTC:
The MTC is committed to building
transportation research and education programs at the junior partner
universities and to assuring region-wide participation in its research
and technology transfer activities.
"Transportation System Management and
Operations," specifically, sustainable transportation asset management
principles and techniques. This theme is in concert with the US DOTís
strategic goals and is of significant importance to transportation
professionals in the next century.
Within the theme area of transportation
asset management: build expertise, develop a national reputation,
increase the number and diversity of professionals, and become a
regional and national resource. Specifically:
Transportation Scholars Program at all member institutions, based
on successful program at ISU and UMC and working especially closely
with Lincoln University. Have 40 students participate annually in
multidisciplinary curriculum, "learning community" activities,
research assistantships, seminars, and two conferences.
- Establish Virtual Transportation University
to organize and promote synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (non
real-time) distance learning programs for all of region 7.
- Increase diversity by working closely with
Lincoln University and by partnering with partner university offices
of minority student affairs.
- Develop a body of research in the theme area
performed by researchers at all universities in region 7 in a variety
- Assure region-wide, quality research through
a solicitation for research prospectuses from all universities in
region 7 and a two-tiered, unbiased peer review of prospectuses.
- Coordinate research with region 7ís other
UTCP, the University of Missouri-Rolla.
- Provide project-level reports, manuals,
software, and other research projects.
- Provide program-level, regional/national
workshops, conferences, and seminars.
- Establish regional Virtual Transportation
Community (see www.trexpo.org/)to
provide online research briefs, threaded electronic forums, etc., to
serve all universities in region 7.
Source: "About the MTC" (http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/mtc/about.htm)