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InTrans graduate student earns awards

Archana Venkatachalapathy, a doctoral student at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), recently earned two awards for her work on a naturalistic driving study to understand the impacts of stress under real-world driving conditions in India. Venkatachalapathy received the Jan Kibbe Student Scholarship and earned second place in the Thomas J. Seburn Student Paper Award, both…

Research studies driveway assistance devices (DADs) as potential work zone option

Whether it’s a rural driveway with a single vehicle entering or leaving the house or a busy fast-food chain with near-constant traffic, these access points can be difficult to work around during a construction project. The low-volumes or the locations can make it impossible to staff a flagger around the clock or place a portable…

InTrans faculty affiliates among those to be honored with university awards

Two Institute for Transportation (InTrans) faculty affiliates are among the 60 Iowa State University (ISU) faculty and staff that will be recognized this fall for winning one of the university’s annual awards. Sri Sritharan, the Wilkinson Chair of Interdisciplinary Engineering and assistant dean for the College of Engineering, and Simon Laflamme, professor of civil, construction,…

InTrans releases En Route, annual report for 2021 calendar year

2021 reminded us to expect the unexpected and take satisfaction in meeting face-to-face when we could. Yet, wherever and however the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) staff and students chose to collaborate, their work continued as it always has—by translating research into action. “This has been another unprecedented year, but InTrans took on the challenge. At…

PROSPER’s Ceylan named ASCE Distinguished Member

Halil Ceylan, director of the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER), was recently elected as one of 10 people to the class of 2022 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Distinguished Members. The title is the highest honor that ASCE can bestow to civil engineers. Per ASCE, “a distinguished member is a person…

InTrans graduate student receives awards from women’s groups

March is a month when we celebrate and uplift women’s achievements. Institute for Transportation (InTrans) graduate student Nazik Citir is one of those women. She received awards from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Iowa State University women’s groups this month. Citir, who is pursuing a doctorate in intelligent infrastructure engineering and structural engineering…

Spreadsheet tool aids in pavement analysis

Current pavement condition measurement tools don’t offer much-needed context for how long a roadway will remain in a particular condition or how its performance may change over time. To provide that context, researchers at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) developed a spreadsheet tool that can help local agencies to determine when preservation and/or rehabilitation are…

Heated pavement research named Focus Technology by AASHTO

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) recently recognized research performed by the Program for Sustainable Pavement Engineering and Research (PROSPER) that demonstrates the value of an electrically conductive concrete (ECON) heated pavement system (HPS). The AASHTO Innovation Initiative named the research, led by PROSPER Director Halil Ceylan, a focus technology for…

InTrans researchers developing navigation system for blizzard conditions

A research team led by the Institute for Transportation’s Real-Time Analytics of Transportation Data (REACTOR) Laboratory Co-Director Anuj Sharma is working to develop a new navigation system for Iowa snowplows to aid operators in the worst winter conditions. “That person operating the snowplow in the snow is facing so much workload and stress,” said Sharma,…

Knapp earns ICEA Special Service Award

Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Director Keith Knapp got a pleasant surprise at the end of the Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA) Annual Meeting in December when it was announced he received the organization’s Special Service Award. “It was nice after a long day of running during the conference,” Knapp said. The ICEA’s Special…

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