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Local Agency Bridge Innovation and Demonstration Days go virtual, remain successful

The move from two to three days, and from in-person to virtual, was a challenge accepted by the Local Agency Bridge Innovation and Demonstration Days event hosts: the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), Bridge Engineering Center, and Buchanan County Secondary Roads Department. Held for the first time in 2018, welcoming 45 in-person attendees, no…

ISU team wins ITE Traffic Bowl Midwestern District

In the end, it was their knowledge about traffic safety that drove the Iowa State University (ISU) team to victory in the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Traffic Bowl Midwestern championship. The team’s come-from-behind win led to their first championship victory since 2015. ISU’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) graduate students Ashirwad Barnwal, Justin Cyr, and Jacob…

Register Now: INNOVATIONS in TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE, Oct. 9-10

Registration is now open for the biennial Innovations in Transportation Conference. This year’s conference will be held from Oct. 9–10 at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University. The day-and-a-half meeting is hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation in partnership with the American Association of State Highway &…

Longtime PCC lab manager retires

Robert (Bob) Steffes has skillfully guided ISU students and faculty through thousands of concrete tests, exams, and procedures at the ISU Portland Cement Concrete Research Laboratory (PCC Lab). At the end of July, 2018, Bob retired from the PCC Lab manager position, where he spent 15 years. During his years in the PCC Lab, research…

STEM change agent: Shauna Hallmark

Shauna Hallmark proudly describes herself as a “geek” in school. She knew she wanted to work in the STEM fields. Fast forward, and Hallmark is now the director of Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (ISU InTrans). She is a professor of transportation engineering at ISU’s Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department. Not only that,…

CP Tech Center sponsors workshop opportunities

CP Tech Center sponsors upcoming SPS-2 Tech Day and Professors’ Workshop The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center is involved in the staging of two professional development opportunities scheduled for summer 2018. The first, a one-day event in late May, focuses on sharing recent concrete preservation research. The second, a week-long course in late July, is…

Tom Maze seminar sessions continue Friday

The Tom Maze Transportation seminars will continue Friday with a presentation from Kevin Lee, Associate Engineer at Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Lee’s presentation is entitled “Connected Environments: Opening Doors for Smarter Decisions.” He will present from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 27 broadcast from the Iowa State University campus. The event will be…

App data have potential to aid Iowa DOT traffic operations

The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is clear that people shouldn’t text and drive, but that doesn’t mean that cellular phone applications aren’t able to aid its operations. The crowd-sourced app Waze provides real-time traffic updates for drivers, both through hands-free data collection and active reporting of incidents by passengers or stopped drivers. But the…

Alipour awarded prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Iowa State and Institute for Transportation researcher Alice Alipour has earned a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Funding from the award will support her research team’s goal of creating more resilient electric power networks that can hold up under extreme weather conditions and aging effects. Alipour is an…

InTrans works with Iowa DOT to improve work zone safety

Monday marked the beginning of work zone safety awareness week. But for engineers at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) and staff at the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT), work zone safety awareness is never-ending. Literally. Traffic sensors and cameras are set at specific locations along key traffic critical projects to monitor work zones…

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