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Transportation Enterprise Project Focus of National Webcast

More than 190 transportation professionals participated in a national webcast focusing on work by a team of undergraduate students in the Transportation Enterprise. The student project gathered industry perspective on the adoption of warm mix asphalt (WMA) technologies by road agencies in northern climates.

UTC-MiSTI at Michigan's 2011 Construction Career Days

The University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI) spent two days meeting with middle and high school students and teachers to share information on transportation careers and educational paths.

Cass Selected as 2010 UTC-MiSTI Student of the Year

The University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI) has selected Darrell Cass as the Center's 2010 Student of the Year.

Upper Midwest Transportation Materials Summit, November 3-4

The University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI), in partnership with the Transportation Materials Research Center and the Michigan Department of Transportation, will hosted the 3rd Upper Midwest Transportation Materials Summit in Houghton on November 3-4, 2010.

Michigan Tech to Host 2012 Transportation Conference

Michigan Tech has been selected to host the annual summer meetings of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and the University Transportation Center Program (UTC).

Sutter Elected to CUTC Executive Board

Dr. Lawrence Sutter, Professor and Director of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute and the University Transportation Center-MiSTI was elected to the Executive board of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) on June 8, 2010 at their annual summer meeting held at Texas A&M University-College Station.

Tech Team Supports Michigan's 3rd Construction Career Days

More than 2000 youth from 46 Michigan schools registered to participate in Michigan’s third Construction Career Days held earlier this week at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, MI. The event provided Michigan middle and high school students with an opportunity to experience construction and transportation fields through hands-on, heavy construction equipment activities, informational exhibits and demonstrations.

Michigan Tech Women Awarded Transportation Scholarships

Two Michigan Tech students have been awarded scholarships from the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) Michigan chapter. Annually WTS state chapters select up to four students to receive chapter scholarships. Once selected by a chapter, state scholarship winners are advanced to the international competition.

Terry McNinch, Tim Colling Win Transportation Research Board Award

January 15, 2010— Terry McNinch, director of Michigan’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), and Tim Colling, assistant director of LTAP, have received the Charley V. Wootan Award, presented annually by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council (NRC) for the outstanding paper in the field of policy and organization. The award was presented at the Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture and TRB Awards Ceremony at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting, January 10-14, 2010, in Washington, DC. Michigan LTAP is based at Michigan Technological University.

Lutch Selected as 2009 UTC-MiSTI Student of the Year

The University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (UTC-MiSTI) has selected Russell Lutch as their 09 Student of the Year.  The UTC Student of the Year receives a $1,000.00 award, travel and registration expense reimbursement to attend the annual Transportation Research Board conference in Washington D.C. and a certificate from the US Department of Transportation.

Taking recycling to a whole new level at Michigan Tech

By Stacey Ashcraft, DMG Writer

HOUGHTON - Zhangping You is taking recycling to a whole new level.

You, associate professor of transportation engineering and materials at Michigan Technological University, is conducting a study using recycled asphalt roofing shingles. Every year, 11 million tons of asphalt roofing shingles are dumped into landfills, he said. You, with his graduate students, are using recycled asphalt shingles to determine the amount of asphalt using extraction and recovery methods. Also, the group has been evaluating the performance of recycled asphalt shingles using tests.
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Michigan Tech UTC Cited for Work in House Committee Testimony

Paul Brubaker, Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology, subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, on June 24, 2008. In his testimony, Brubaker cited the work being done by four University Transportation Centers (UTC) including Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Missouri-Rolla), University of California-Davis, Georgia Institute of Technology and Michigan Tech. Brubaker’s testimony provided an overview of the important research being conducted through the national UTC program in support of national transportation needs.

Construction Career Days a Huge Success!

When was the first time you remember learning about the opportunities in your current career field? After this week, for approximately 2000 Michigan 8th-11th graders it might be an event called Construction Career Days. The University Transportation Center at Michigan Tech was on hand to help these students imagine their future in construction. Construction Career Days (CCD) is a national program aimed at addressing the need for an educated and skilled workforce in the construction and transportation industries. CCD debuted in Michigan on April 15th and 16th at the Ingham County Fairgrounds with more than 40 companies and organizations hosting informational exhibits and hands-on activities. Exhibitors included Michigan CAT, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Concrete Paving Association and the Michigan Concrete Association. Participants watched concrete placement demonstrations, tested their skills in a crane simulator and at operating a variety of on-site heavy equipment used in civil and transportation construction. Students also had an opportunity to talk with industry professionals and educational institution representatives to learn more about career paths and opportunities.

McNinch Moderates Session at National Transportation Conference

Terry McNinch, Director of the Michigan's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and the Technology Development Group (TDG), organized and moderated a session on "Asset Management Partnerships Among Multiple Agencies and Owners" at the 7th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management sponsored by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in New Orleans, LA, Nov. 6-8, 2008. The conference theme "New Directions in Asset Management and Economic Analysis" provided a national forum for practitioners, researchers, and others to share information on a wide range of issues related to transportation asset management.

Sutter Serving on Industry Sustainability Committee

Dr. Lawrence Sutter is serving on the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Strategic Development Council (SDC) committee to draft a Road Map to Sustainability for the concrete industry. He is working on the Environmental Footprint Task Group that will i) assemble the historical data regarding advances made towards decreasing the environmental impact of cement and concrete production and use over the last 50 years, ii) identify areas of immediate and long-term impact for further reducing the environmental foot print of the industry, and iii) identify and develop strategies to accomplish a reduction of the environmental foot print of the industry. The SDC goal is to have a draft road map for review by all stakeholders by June 2008.

Bates Selected as 2008 UTC-MiSTI Student of the Year

Timothy J. Bates (TJ) has been selected as the University Transportation Center for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (MiSTI) Student of the Year and will represent Michigan Tech and the Center at the 2008 Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Awards Banquet on January 12th in Washington D.C.

Van Dam Conducts International Best Practices Workshop in Xi'an, China

Dr. Thomas Van Dam, PhD, P.E., was invited to conduct an international, best practices workshop at Chang'an University on September 20-21, 2007. The workshop was co-sponsored by the International Society of Concrete Pavements, Chang'an University in Xi'an, China, and the North America Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (NACOTA). The workshop presented an overview of the technology with respect to design, concrete materials, construction, maintenance/repair/rehabilitation, and international practices for long-life concrete pavement.

UTC Receives FY 2 Funding

The University Transportation Center (UTC) for Materials in Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (MiSTI) received approval on August 3, 2007 for its FY 2 budget. The Center will receive $408,000 in Federal funds for Center operations, research, education, technology transfer and outreach activities from July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008. This award requires a one-to-one non-federal cost share match.

Center's Strategic Plan Receives Approval

On June 15, 2007, the University Transportation Center at Michigan Tech University received approval on their Strategic Plan from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Approval of the Strategic Plan allows the Center to move forward with research, education, and technology transfer activities that promote the approved transportation theme of the Center.

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