The Tran-SET team has the ultimate goal of ensuring that the findings of projects funded through the Center will have a long-term research value and significantly impact the transportation industry.
The knowledge generated from the Center will be disseminated and transferred to the research community, state agencies, and to the transportation and construction industries through the following planned activities:
- Organize and sponsor two national and international workshops: the 1st Transportation Infrastructure Workshop at LSU, and in coordination with our international partners, an International Transportation Infrastructure Workshop. These workshops will allow researchers to present their findings from Center-funded projects and to learn from international researchers in emerging technologies that may be implemented in the US.
- Encourage and support the travel of researchers to present their findings at national conferences such as TRB, AAPT, etc., and to submit publications to recognized journals in Civil and Construction Engineering such as the ASCE.
- Require from funded projects that the PIs arrange a training and education course at TTEC or similar venues to facilitate the transfer of new technologies to the industry.
- Require from selected projects that the PIs arrange an introductory lecture at an educational institution with a high representation of minority groups to recruit interested students to the research program.
- Require from funded projects that participants prepare educational materials to train students and to prepare them for the use of the developed technologies in their academic studies and professional career.
- Participate in engineering events such as Engineering Encounter at LSU by preparing a booth display that introduces K-12 students to transportation concepts and the need to repair and maintain the Nation’s infrastructure.
- Use Facebook, the Center webpage, and the US DOT Research Hub to post presentations, videos of the Center activities, and educational materials to raise awareness among the public of transportation challenges. The LSU team had successfully used YouTube to post a video on photocatalytic pavement technology (available here).
- Financially support the commercialization and licensing of inventions and discoveries emerging from research conducted by the Center.
- Publish a bi-annual newsletter highlighting the activities and the research projects of the Center.
The UTC team also plans to collaborate with all levels of government and not-for-profit institutions such as AASHTO, TRB, and APTA through the following planned activities:
- Make all final reports available to agencies identified under Product Market;
- Work with the NHI of FHWA to conduct short courses or workshops to share the results of the Center with other DOT personnel and to educate them on new advancements and findings;
- Share the Center results with Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Centers, and present the results and implementation plans at their national meetings;
- Disseminate the Center results of this project through the TRB annual meetings (sessions and committee meetings), as well as other related national and international conferences;
- Work with AASHTO to implement project findings in current specifications;
- Encourage initiation of future projects to evaluate and build on the findings of research projects funded through the Center.