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Overview

Iowa 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.

Theme

"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.

Goals

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:

Education

  • Establish 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.

Research

  • Develop a body of research in the theme area performed by researchers at all universities in region 7 in a variety of disciplines.
  • 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.

Technology Transfer

  • 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)

Department of Geography, University of Northern Iowa, Sabin Hall 1, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0406.
Tel: (319) 273-2772; Fax: (319) 273-7103
 
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