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InTrans prepares to host first Innovation Demonstration & Training Day

Mark your calendars. In less than two weeks, Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) will host its first ever Innovation Demonstration & Training Day. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at InTrans, located at 2711 S. Loop Dr., Ste. 4700, in Ames. Attendees are encouraged to…

CP Tech works with PEM program: Delivering concrete to survive the environment

Advances in concrete specifications are gaining exposure around the country, thanks to a joint government/industry effort—the Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) program. The National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center hosted a meeting in Chicago on February 27-28 for members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the PEM pooled fund project. The group of practicing…

REACTOR Lab aids in Iowa DOT congestion report

While Iowa’s interstates make up a fraction of the state’s overall roadway miles – just 0.7 percent of the system – it has an outsize representation in its usage. Iowa’s interstates support 25 percent of vehicle miles traveled and 56 percent of large-truck vehicle miles. That means the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) has an…

InTrans Transportation Centers Help Bridge the Gaps

Nearly half of U.S. bridges are nearing the ends of their projected life cycles. An estimated quarter of U.S. bridges are deficient in some fashion. That makes construction of new bridges that are safer, more resilient, and less expensive a high priority for transportation departments all over the country. Three centers at the Institute for…

InTrans student named 2018 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar

Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) graduate student Georges Bou-Saab knows first-hand how improvements in transportation can make the world a safer and healthier place. It is the subject of his dissertation. It’s also the subject of an essay he wrote that led him to become a 2018 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar. The scholarship…

InTrans’ Anuj Sharma spotlights big data research at TRB

One of the biggest questions in technological fields today is how to use all of the data that is now readily available to implement practical solutions to pressing problems. Anuj Sharma, Co-Director of REACTOR lab, has been utilizing the cutting-edge technology of deep learning to revolutionize the use of cameras in traffic operations. Sharma, who…

Chris Day joins InTrans in ‘big data’ projects

Chris Day already knows “big data” is a big deal. The next step is researching how to use those figures to make roadway systems safer and more efficient. That’s in part what brought Day to the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) this past fall, after seven years as a senior research scientist at Purdue University’s Joint…

InTrans student named 2018 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar

Ashirwad Barnwal has worked on several studies to reduce roadway fatalities while working to earn his doctorate under the direction of Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) research scientist Dr. Anuj Sharma. His research at InTrans helped earn him a 2018 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholarship for $1,000 that will go toward a trip for…

InTrans hosts Traffic and Safety Focus Group

Approximately 40 people aiming to make roadways safer and more efficient met at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) on Wednesday to discuss future research opportunities to achieve their goals. The objective of the Traffic and Safety Research Focus Group, led by the Center for Transportation Research and Education Director Omar Smadi, was to…

RET education continues with classroom visit

Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) research scientist Basak Aldemir Bektas went to Ankeny High School teacher Joe Carey’s AP Statistics class this week to help his students learn to PANIC. That is, Carey aimed to teach his students about confidence intervals using the PANIC steps of stating their Parameters, stating their Assumptions, Naming…

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