January 7, 2017
Laviania Siva, NTC and MATC Assistant Director of Operations, received the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Award for Administrative Leadership. The annual award recognizes leaders in non-academic appointments for their exceptional contributions to the field of transportation. Since becoming the Assistant Director in 2013, Ms. Siva has played a crucial role in research proposal development, budgeting, and reporting grant deliverables to project sponsors. She has assisted 83 faculty researchers in submitting over 530 funded proposals. She also successfully implemented an automated travel reimbursement process, designed an online proposal submission, and established an anonymous proposal reviewing process to ensure a fair and efficient project selection process. Ms. Siva was honored at the CUTC annual awards banquet in Washington, D.C.
Paul Ivey Jr., an undergraduate Civil Engineering student, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Tom Ogee, Sr. Memorial Scholarship. The $1,400 scholarship is awarded to a high-achieving Civil Engineering undergraduate student with a desire to pursue a career in the railroad industry following graduation from the University of Nebraska system. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Paul has always dreamed of being part of a railroad executive team at Union Pacific Railroad, a goal he’s begun pursuing through his summer internship with them last year.
April 13, 2016
On Wednesday, April 13, UNL’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility research and test site manager Jim Holloway along with project lead engineers Scott Rosenbaugh, Jennifer Schmidt, Ronald Faller, and team performed a crash test with a 36,000-kg tractor-trailer vehicle for a group of over 50 attendees. The test was designed to evaluate the capacity and ability of Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation’s (MIT) Narrow Single-Slope Bridge Rail to contain and redirect the heavy, tractor-trailer. The vehicle impacted the barrier at approximately 50 mph and a 15-degree angle and was successfully redirected with minimal damage to the system, meaning that the new barrier is a good candidate to replace aging barriers across Canada. In addition to MIT sponsors, this rare event drew interest from Governor Pete Ricketts; NDOR Director Kyle Schneweis and representatives Khalil Jaber, Miki Esposito, Mark Traynowicz, and Phil TenHulzen; Nebraska FHWA representatives; and law enforcement officers from Lincoln, Omaha, and the State Patrol.
October 4-7, 2015
This year, nine NTC students attended the 2015 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) conference. The conference, which took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, MN, brought together students, faculty, researchers, and industry leaders from around the country to present research, introduce the newest technology, and network. The students found the exhibits and the opportunities to speak to railroad professionals to be informative and insightful because of close connections to their own research.
August 13, 2015
The Nebraska Transportation Center had the honor of hosting US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer for a roundtable discussion, which drew over thirty leaders from Nebraska's public and private sector and educational institutions and took place in NTC's Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab at the Whittier Research Center. The roundtable discussion marked the opportunity for Nebraska's transportation industry's leaders to share their future plans and concerns with the Secretary and Senator. Topics discussed include driverless vehicles, state and federal funding for infrastructure repair and upkeep, laws relating to private drone use, EPA regulations, road safety, and the best way to communicate the state's needs to Washington.
September 13-17, 2015
Gabriela Perales, a graduate research assistant at NTC, recently presented her research, "Analysis of Empirical Side Friction Factors on Circular Horizontal Curves near Highway-Railway Grade Crossings," at the annual International Highway Engineering Exchange Program (IHEEP) Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Given the exceptional quality of her work, Perales' presentation won in Area III of the Education Scholarship Presentations (ESP) Program competition and will advance to the International IHEEP Conference ESP Competition. The ESP program is intended to introduce young engineers who are training in transportation-related disciplines to IHEEP and potential DOT or sponsor employers.
May 18 – August 7, 2015
Seventeen bright and eager undergrads made up the 2015 Mid-America Transportation Center Summer Internship Program, working with ten different private and public sponsors over the summer to learn about the transportation field, get hands-on experience, and network with industry leaders and fellow peers. As part of the program, students conducted their own research, visited Olsson Associates, the City of Lincoln, the City of Omaha Traffic Signal Shop, and presented on their work experience at the end of the summer. MATC is proud to say that over 330 students have been impacted by the internship program since its inception in 1997.
January 20th, 2015
NTC Director, Laurence Rilett, MwRSF Director, Dr. Ronald Faller and Post-Doctoral Associate, Dr. Cody Stolle are featured in the 2013-2014 UNL Research Report. You can read all about their project here: http://go.unl.edu/gzms. Follow The Nebraska Transportation Center on Facebook to stay up to date with all current news items: https://www.facebook.com/NETransportationCtr?ref=hl.
September 8th, 2014
Dr. Aemal Khattak, Associate Professor and affiliated Nebraska Transportation Center faculty member, was appointed as the Area Editor for the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security (JTSS) by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Stephen Richards. The Area Editor serves as the main contact point for authors when they submit manuscripts for publication in a particular area and plays a very visible role in the editorial process of peer-reviewed journal publications. JTSS is an initiative of the Southeastern Transportation Center, the University of Tennessee, Beijing Jiaotong University, and publishers Taylor and Francis LLC. The goal of the journal is to meet the needs of both academicians and practitioners who perform research and work in the related areas of transportation safety and security.
April 24th, 2014
NTC Director, Dr. Laurence Rilett is featured in UNL Today in conjunction with his research project titled: Traffic Calming Elements for Entry Control Facility Threat Delay and Containment. Dr. Rilett and his project are both included in the National Strategic Research Institute's first annual report.
April 15th, 2014
The Nebraska Transportation Center has received $13,046 in funding from State Farm for the Roads, Rails and Race Cars Afterschool Program. You can read more about the award in this article from the UNL Newsroom.