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Making a Difference: Center for Transportation Research

The Mission

The interdisciplinary Center for Transportation Research serves the transportation research, planning, economic forecasting, and continuing education needs of state and local agencies, businesses, and industry in Tennessee, as well as the Southeast and the nation. This program has been in operation since 1970, and maintains a permanent staff of 35, including seven research faculty members, five visiting scholars, and nearly 100 students from the University of Tennessee and eight other Southeastern universities.

The Partners

National partners include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Federal Motor Carriers Administration, National Highway Institute, Army Corps of Engineers, and Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

State partners include:, Tennessee state governments and industry, Law Enforcement Liaisons, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, National Transportation Research Center, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Local partners include: Tennessee local governments and industry, and Knox County Schools.

University-based partners include: Council of University Transportation Centers, Southeastern Transportation Center, NURail Research Consortium, Beijing Jiaotong Transportation University, China, and Tongii University, China.

Partners at the University of Tennessee include: Department of Geography, Department of Food Science and Technology, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, College of Engineering, College of Education Health and Human Sciences, UT Medical Center’s Cole Neuroscience Center, College of Business, and College of Arts & Sciences.

Impact on UT

fixed-CTR-Surveyor-CTR engages graduate and undergraduate students in research that will prepare them to rebuild the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure and contribute solutions to emerging transportation problems. Through CTR, UT is the lead institution for the Southeastern Transportation Center (STC), a nine-university research consortium that is a national leader in highway transportation safety and public safety research. STC publishes the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security in partnership with Beijing Jiaotong Transportation University. The peer-reviewed journal is published quarterly, and has an international impact.

Impact on Community

The Tennessee Vans social business enterprise program works with community agencies to meet the needs of transportation-disadvantaged citizens. CTR enables qualified agencies to purchase vehicles through an affordable financing plan, and assists with insurance, maintenance, and fleet management. The center also partners with schools to develop teacher training and transportation-themed STEM curricula. CTR’s Summer Transportation Academy introduces K-12 students to transportation and career possibilities. Continuing education programs provided by the center include 102 workshops and sessions, with 32 unique titles. Through mid-2014, the center’s continuing education programs have hosted 2,197 attendees logging 18,022 student-hours.

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