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Iowa Build a Better Mousetrap winners named

What do a shop clean-up squeegee, cold mix placer, and salt/sand spreader lifting jig all have in common? They’re all three innovative projects undertaken this year in Iowa counties, for one. They’re also winning entries in the 2022 Iowa Build a Better Mousetrap (BABM) Competition. The winning entries—from first to third—are the secondary roads departments…

CP Tech Center’s Steve Tritsch retires

In July, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) celebrated Steve Tritsch’s retirement and time as an associate director. Tritsch joined the CP Tech Center in 2016, following 35 years of experience with concrete pavements and engineering in both the public and private sectors. Tritsch managed research projects and National Concrete Consortium (NCC)…

Evaluating driver behavior at rural stop-controlled intersections

Nicole Oneyear, a research engineer at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans), recently led an Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) webinar that discussed the results of a study that evaluated driver behavior at rural stop-controlled intersections using the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Naturalistic Driving Study (NDS). But why this type of intersection? According…

InTrans graduates land jobs with major firms, startups

The wide variety of jobs available in the transportation engineering field has further expanded thanks to incorporating innovative uses of machine learning and other big data tools with transportation data sets. In the case of Institute for Transportation (InTrans) recent doctoral graduates, particularly those who worked with the Real-Time Analytics of Transportation Data (REACTOR) Laboratory,…

CP Tech Center’s Peter Taylor earns award from Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute

Peter Taylor, the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) director, recently earned the Frank G. Erskine Award from the Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute (ESCSI). The recognition is given to recipients to recognize their tireless efforts to enhance the lives of citizens through the use of expanded shale, clay, and slates, per…

CP Tech Center publishes Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots

Many important factors considered for concrete overlays of asphalt pavements apply to overlays placed on both roadways and parking lots. However, some characteristics and considerations unique to parking lot overlays affect their design and construction—including fixed elevation points, traffic types and levels, and future changes in usage. To address these types of overlay applications, the…

ACPA’s Leif Wathne named CP Tech Center associate director

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) and the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) have announced that Leif Wathne, P.E., ACPA’s executive vice president, will be transitioning to a new role. Effective June 13, Leif will assume the role of associate director with the CP Tech Center. He will be responsible for nurturing…

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,…

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