The Transportation Consortium of South Central States (Tran-SET) is Region 6’s University Transportation Center. It is a collaborative partnership between nine major institutions and two community colleges (see below) with coverage across 5 states (AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX). Tran-SET is led and administered by the Louisiana State University. It was established in late-November 2016 to “solve emerging transportation resiliency, sustainability, and economic challenges through the use of innovative materials and construction methods: from research to implementation”.
Address the accelerated deterioration of the transportation infrastructure through the development, evaluation, and implementation of cutting-edge technologies, novel materials, and innovative construction management processes
Conduct all phases of research, technology transfer, education, workforce development, and outreach activities as to solve transportation challenges in Region 6 and support implementation
Enhancing Durability and Service Life of Infrastructure
Preserving Existing Transportation Systems
Preserving the Environment
Addressing Region 6 Transportation Needs
1. Technology Transfer: Ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible, disseminated, and transferred to a wide range of users including state agencies, universities, and industries.
2. Technology Transfer: Ensure that scientific and technological developments have a long-term research value and significant impact to the transportation industry by direct collaboration with all levels of government and not-for-profit institutions.
3. Education: Improve and support existing academic programs at Tran-SET’s partnering institutions.
4. Education: Improve and support transportation non-degree programs at Tran-SET’s partnering institutions (architectural, business, mechanical, electrical, industrial engineering, etc.)
5. Workforce Development: Ensure research outcomes are disseminated through educational and workforce development activities by supporting the development of seminars, workshops, and training courses.
6. Leadership: Develop the next generation of leaders and graduate students of the transportation field by supporting mentoring, networking, training, and other development activities.
7. Leadership: Provide leadership to regional stakeholders and communities (state agencies, universities, and industries) and provide national leadership to applicable research communities.
8. Collaboration: Encourage and foster collaboration between partnering institutions and external stakeholders as to: (1) maximize sharing of human expertise and facilities among partners and stakeholders, (2) tackle transportation challenges only solvable by multi-disciplinary teams, (3) facilitate knowledge transfer among the team institutions and stakeholders, and (4) minimize duplicative research to optimize the use of available funds.
9. Diversity: Integrate diversity-related activities into Tran-SET’s efforts as to increase participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields, particularly the transportation field.
10. Management: Operate and manage Tran-SET as to ensure the highest degree of accountability, cost-efficiency, and the optimum use of available funds, facilities, and capabilities.