Sustainable and Equitable Innovative Funding Strategies for Enhancing Broadband Initiative in Underserved and Disadvantaged Communities

The overarching objective of this project is to create an economically sustainable and socially equitable business model to utilize innovative funding strategies for enhancing broadband access in rural areas, and underserved and disadvantaged communities. This research will apply a mixed-method research methodology, combining quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify and evaluate innovative funding strategies in the practical context of broadband connectivity in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

Preparing Future Workforce For Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment

Transportation is at cusp of a revolutionary transformation with the confluence of the rapid deployment of automation, connectivity, and electric mobility solutions in the near future. Accompanying this swift transformation is the need to inform, educate, and prepare the workforce to support and enable the deployment of these technologies in a fast and effective approach.

Food & Flora Waste To Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework: Reaching The Next Technology Readiness Levels

The Food & Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel (F4) Framework helps evaluate the economic feasibility of creating renewable fleet fuel using existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) digester infrastructure. At WWTPs, food and flora (yard) waste, as well as wastewater sludge, can be used to produce biogas, which can be cleaned for use in natural gas vehicles, or burned to generate electricity for electric vehicles.

Development of Automated Roadway Lighting Diagnosis Tools for Nighttime Traffic Safety Improvement

Roadway lighting is a basic roadway infrastructure to ensure nighttime safety and security for all road users (motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit passengers). To cost-effectively maintain a roadway lighting system, key tasks in infrastructure management include periodically measuring roadway lighting levels, diagnosing lighting performance based on collected data, and providing decision-making support for maintenance and improvement.

Transportation Communication Tower Inspection Using Novel UAV Technologies

Transportation communication towers facilitate telecommunications that are essential for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications in advancing transportation safety and mobility operations. State DOTs and other agencies spend considerable amount of dollars annually to maintain towers as they are an integral part of their assets. The advancement in unmanned aerial vehicle inspections have propelled its application for assessing the infrastructure condition, especially where traditional monitoring methods are limited by the inaccessibility to hard-to-reach areas.

Food and Flora Waste to Fleet Fuel: Development and Application of the F4 Framework

As cities strive for more sustainable transportation systems, many are considering renewable fuels for fleets. Biogas has several advantages as an alternative fuel. Composed primarily of methane, it can be cleaned for use in natural gas vehicles, or burned in a turbine/engine to generate electricity for electric vehicles. Biogas can reduce air pollutant emissions from fleet vehicles; in addition, if wastes are used to produce the biogas in digesters, the problem of urban wastes is reduced.

Rebounding from Disruptive Events: Optimization of Post-Disaster Reconstruction Activities for Critical and Interdependent Infrastructure Networks

The aim of this project is to collect data on the recovery processes due to natural disasters to develop time and cost estimation models for post-disaster recovery activities, identify tipping points to timely post-disaster recovery processes, and determine effective policies and educational programs which prevent substantial delays in the restoration period. Due to increasing frequency and severity of natural hazards occurrence, most recovery activities take longer duration than the initial anticipated plan created immediately after the disaster happen.

Identifying, Weighting and Causality Modeling of Social and Economic Barriers to Rapid Infrastructure Recovery from Natural Disasters: A Study of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

This study addresses the question of how the PDRBs affect the timeliness of the recovery process of affected communities. This research will add to body of knowledge about post-disaster recovery by addressing gaps in the existing literature on integrated analysis of PDRBs.