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CP Tech Center’s founding director earns recognition

International Society for Concrete Pavements names Dale Harrington honorary member Dale Harrington’s more than 50 years in the transportation engineering industry received recognition in the form of an honorary membership in the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) during the organization’s quadrennial conference (held virtually this year). Honorary membership is given to “individuals that have…

CP Tech Center’s John Adam named associate director

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has named John Adam an associate director of the center. Adam has served for the past three years as the lab director and program manager for the CP Tech Center. Adam joined the CP Tech Center in 2018 after 38 years of transportation-related engineering and management…

Aurora Program research projects consider optimal RWIS density and location

A series of research projects to determine the optimal quantity and placement of road weather information systems (RWISs) led by Tae J. Kwon, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta, has recently concluded. The Aurora Program-sponsored Phase III project developed a systematic, yet transferrable, method for estimating key road surface condition variables between RWIS…

ISU Foundation magazine spotlights InTrans director

Institute for Transportation (InTrans) Director Shauna Hallmark was recently spotlighted in the Iowa State University (ISU) Foundation’s Forward Magazine in an article entitled “Work is a Highway.” The article highlights some of Hallmark’s research into keeping people safe on the road. The article begins, “Shauna Hallmark is the inaugural holder of the Robert J. and…

REACTOR Lab research on smart arrow boards featured in ATSSA publication

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) publication Roadway Safety recently featured research on smart arrow boards by the Real-Time Analytics of Transportation Data Laboratory (REACTOR Lab) at the Institute for Transportation. The article “Iowa Making Smart Use of Arrow Boards” highlights the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) efforts to implement arrow boards that can share…

Meet the Board Member: ADOT’s Kevin Duby

There’s a saying in most states about the variability of weather, but it may be truest of Arizona. If you don’t like the conditions, give it 5 minutes or about 200 miles. That can make things challenging for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) statewide road weather manager. However, Kevin Duby, who took over the…

Atmospheric rivers have major impacts on the West

Rivers in the sky with more than twice the water in the Amazon that can become fire hoses of rainfall and wind wreaking havoc on the West Coast is not the start of a climate-related thriller hitting theaters this summer. Atmospheric rivers, as this weather phenomenon is called, are a reality for western states that…

Join CCEE for 150th celebration

Join the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) in wishing a happy 150th anniversary to our friends at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University. To celebrate, CCEE has scheduled a series of events from September 16th to 18th in Ames and Des Moines. RSVP for any or all of the…

An introduction to UAS (in transportation)

An uncrewed (unpersonned or unmanned) aircraft system (or UAS) consists of an uncrewed aircraft, ground control station, and command and control links. You may know it better as an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) or, more plainly, a drone. According to the Drone Market Report, the global growth rate of the drone market is growing at…

Iowa LTAP names Work Zone Safety Sign Package Program winners

About Small city budgets for this type of work can sometimes lead to diminished funding for temporary traffic control devices and the use of signs, barricades, cones, and vests that are deteriorated and may be out of compliance with the 2009 MUTCD. That is why this Iowa DOT-funded program provides an opportunity for operations personnel…

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