UTC Spotlight

The October 2010 issue of UTC Spotlight highlights research performed by Dr. Nicholas Lownes through the University of Connecticut Center for Transportation and Livable Systems. “The Value of Livable Communities” provides an overview of the Dr. Lownes’ research on Public Transit Design for Smart Growth: Using Choice Experiments to Quantify Tradeoffs, Values and Funding Implications.  Please visit http://utc.dot.gov/publications/spotlight/2010_10/html/spotlight_1010.html to view.

UTC Spotlight is a monthly report from the University Transportation Centers Program that highlights recent accomplishments and products from the University Transportation Centers. The UTC Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

CTLS Faculty Equipment Competition

We are pleased to announce a special one-time funding opportunity for faculty who wish to purchase laboratory or field equipment to be used in conjunction with the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS), the UConn University Transportation Center (UTC). The deadline is 5:00PM, Friday March 25, 2011. There will be 1-5 awards granted depending on the sizes of the rewards, and all faculty in the School of Engineering as well as CTLS affiliated researchers are eligible to win. Faculty and researchers may request a piece of equipment or a combination of integrated equipment in the range of $2,000 to $30,000.

For more information see the competition guidelines.

ITS-CT Announced 2011 Student Grant Program

The Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut (ITS-CT) is pleased to announce their 2011 Student Grant Program.

The program rewards undergraduate and graduate students with financial grants upon completion of a student-selected research project and acceptance by the ITS-CT Chapter. ITS-CT has compiled a list of suggested research topics but also encourages students to pursue research in other areas of interest to them. The award consists of a grant of $2,000 for a single student or up to $4,000 for a group of students.

Interested students should submit a letter of intent including a brief description of the proposed project, an anticipated schedule, and approval from their advising professor no later than June 1, 2011. Application materials can be sent either via email to Lia Wang at bhuang@crcog.org or via ground mail to: Lia Huang, ITS-CT, c/o Capitol Region Council of Governments, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

For more information on the program as well as products from last year’s successful grant submitted by Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Garrett Bolella, visit the ITS-CT Student Grant Program web page athttp://www.its-ct.org/student.html.

Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF)

CTLS is pleased to announce the second year of the Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) program. The TURF program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is an intensive summer research experience designed for junior and senior undergraduate college students who are preparing for careers in Transportation. Fellows receive $2,000 to pursue individual research projects (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) under the guidance of university faculty members and CTLS-affiliated researchers.

Fellows gain experience in proposal writing, research techniques, research project planning and research project execution. The program introduces students to projects of the sort encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to critical questions in transportation systems and planning. At the end of the program fellows have the opportunity to present their research to an audience of their peers and advisors.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM, Friday, March 30, 2012

Application Guidelines

Past TURF Winners

2011 Winners and their Projects:

Bryan Blanc (Advisor-Norman Garrick)“How Parking Affects Sustainable Transportation Decision Making.”
Nathan A. Bruce (Advisor- Carol Atikinson-Palombo)“Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Land Cover Change and Its Impact on Flooding Upstream of Hartford Connecticut”Download PPT
Corey Hollmann (Advisor- John Ivan)“Locating and Evaluating Location with Certain Roadway and Roadside Characteristics”
Nicholas Rizner (Advisor- Norman Garrick)“How Mode Choice Has Affected the Sustainability of the World We Live In: A Case Study of Lowell, MA”
Jonathon Seery (Advisor-Nick Lownes)“Transit System Information Flow and Distribution to Riders”Downolad PPT