About the Midwest Transportation Center
The Midwest Transportation Center (MTC) is one of 10 regional University Transportation Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (USDOT/OST-R). The MTC is funded by the 2012 federal transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
The research focus area for the MTC is "State of Good Repair," a key program under MAP-21. The MTC focuses its research on data-driven performance measures of transportation infrastructure, traffic safety, and project construction.
In addition to research, the grant from USDOT/OST-R supports education programs, leadership development, diversity promotion, and outreach efforts in federal region 7.
The MTC is a consortium of six universities:
- Iowa State University (lead university; partner leader Shauna Hallmark)
- Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska (partner leader Ravi Nath)
- Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Missouri (partner leader Fatemeh Zakery)
- University of Missouri, Columbia in Columbia, Missouri (partner leader Charles Nemmers)
- University of Missouri, St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri (partner leader Ray Mundy)
- Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas (partner leader Pingfeng Wang)
Iowa State University is the lead institution, and the MTC is administered through ISU's Institute for Transportation.
Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, is a collaborator (collaborator leader Todd Carter).
Researchers at the partner schools work with their state transportation departments and other agencies to identify transportation projects and programs important to the Midwest and the various states in federal region 7.
The MTC advisory council provides feedback on the center's activities and input as to research direction and priorities to help ensure that the MTC achieves its vision and strategic goals.
Council members include David Ahlvers, Missouri DOT; Michael Crum, Iowa State University; Gee King, AASHTO; Scott Smith, HNTB Infrastructure (retired); and Paul Trombino III, Iowa DOT and president of AASHTO.
Midwest Transportation Center
Shauna Hallmark, Director
2711 S. Loop Dr, Suite 4700
Ames, IA 50010-8664
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