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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]