Summer Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Learning for Engineering (SMILE) in Transportation: Professional Development for Science Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

This proposal is designed to offer a professional development opportunity, “Summer Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Learning for Engineering (SMILE) in Transportation,” for future science teachers (focusing Grade 4-5) and measure its effects on their teaching. As the student population grows more diverse, schools are facing greater challenges in delivering effective instructions of “transportation” to the diverse student population, including minority students who speak English as a second langua

Integrating Transportation Management Companies (TMCs) and Public Transportation

The rise of Transportation Management Companies (TMCs) like Uber and Lyft has disrupted and transformed the field of urban transportation. With near-ubiquitous access to a largely safe, comfortable, and reliable mode of transport, commuters and travelers are altering their transportation habits in unprecedented ways. As TMCs continue to grow in significance, the role of public transportation will unavoidably change in response.

Assisting New Transit Riders, Including those with Disabilities, via an App Designed for All

Planning and riding public transportation can be particularly daunting for new transit riders, especially those with intellectual disabilities. Transit agencies are also challenged with balancing the demand for paratransit services and its rising costs. Additionally, paratransit can be limiting to riders – advance registration of 24 hours or more is often required to book trips and there are often long waiting times. Riders receiving travel training to use fixed-route transit gain the freedom to travel more frequently, attend job interviews and work, and become more involved in the community.

Moving Communities Forward: Social Marketing and Social Change for Transportation

Many of the transportation-related challenges facing society today could be addressed by seemingly simple changes in behavior.  For example, vehicle trips would be reduced if more people chose to take transit, bicycle, walk, or telework instead of drive. Social marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviors that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. Social marketing is not the same as social media marketing.

Transportation Policies to Facilitate Electric Vehicle Adoption at the Local Government Level: A Preliminary Study

Electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs/HEVs) form a key component of sustainable urban transportation in the future because these vehicles eliminate or reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources, and also minimize air pollution. Transportation policies that encourage the adoption of EVs/HEVs are critically needed. The adoption of EVs/HEVs in a given urban landscape depends on a number of factors related to multiple disciplines, and interactions between a number of stakeholders.

Fast Reference‐free Crack Measurement (RACM) System in Transportation Infrastructures using Noncontact Ultrasound

The research objectives of this project are the maintenance of transportation infrastructure: i) to develop and improve the reference-free crack measurement (RACM) hardware system for field applications, ii) to develop a post-processing diagnostic framework, iii) to develop monitoring system based on internet of things. In the research category, the reference-free crack measurement system is an innovative technique to improve system efficiency and better maintenance of existing infrastructure.

Evaluation of Pavement Performance Using Remote Sensing Techniques

Annually, transportation agencies spend several millions of dollars of expenditures for their rehabilitation works due to the problematic soils underneath the infrastructure assets. The soils in Dallas-Fort Worth region have high tendency to undergo swell-shrink behavior that contributes to the premature failure of pavements. The proposed research focused on conducting the laboratory tests on the field collected samples and validating their field performance using innovative data collection technologies.