Technology-Rich Transportation Engineering Projects

The U.S. is currently facing a shortage of skilled technology workers, and the situation is predicted to increasingly decline in coming years. Additionally, there is a lack of diversity in the transportation workforce in terms of gender and underrepresented minorities. Strong efforts are needed to bridge the gap. There is a need to encourage and promote civil engineering and, specifically, transportation engineering among K-12 students. Non-engineering students and freshman engineering students who have not yet decided their majors should be introduced to the exciting, modern and high-tech side of transportation engineering. This project will focus on generating interest among K-12 and college freshman students towards transportation related degrees and careers by exposing them to modern technology related projects. It will develop and implement transportation projects that are suitable for high school students enrolled in hands-on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses, for all freshmen engineering majors and for upper level civil engineering courses at Louisiana Tech University (LTU). K-12 Outreach activities for high school students will be delivered via venues such as Engineering and Science Day (600 high school students per year) and Future Engineers' Day (50 elementary and middle school students per year). University Faculty Training Workshops will be conducted. Additionally, LTU will collaborate with Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), which has hosted its residential Summer Transportation Institute (STI) program for the past decade. Under the STI program, underrepresented minority students from high schools in Texas and neighboring states are recruited and invited to participate in fun, educational activities that expose them to traditional STEM, civil engineering and transportation related concepts. This effort will enhance the STI program by implementing new, technology-rich projects for these students. This effort will increase the population of qualified transportation professionals.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $263404.00
    • Contract Numbers:


      SPTC 14.1-70

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Louisiana Tech University

      P.O. Box 10348
      600 Dan Reneau Drive
      Ruston, Louisiana  United States  71272-0046

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      University Transportation Centers Program
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Prairie View A&M University

      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      P.O. Box 519
      Prairie View, TX  United States  77446

      Louisiana Tech University

      P.O. Box 10348
      600 Dan Reneau Drive
      Ruston, Louisiana  United States  71272-0046
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kommalapati, Raghava

      Pumphrey, Norman

      Hall, David

      Tewari, Sanjay

    • Start Date: 20140801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20160731
    • Source Data: RiP Project 37451

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01543096
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Southern Plains Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC36, SPTC 14.1-70
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Nov 5 2014 1:01AM