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  • Posted: Mar 12
    In this issue you can find information on graduate school news and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars you may be interested in.
  • Posted: Mar 9
    Dr. Yufen Zhou, a former MPC Ph.D. student at Colorado State University, was recently named a Rising Star by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Posted: Mar 6
    Nadim Wehbe, Allen Jones, and Thomas Druyvestein
    An experimental research study was conducted to evaluate the constructability, durability, and visibility of alternative pavement marking materials and application practices in South Dakota and to assess the cost-effectiveness of pavement marking alternatives for use on concrete and asphalt pavements.
  • Posted: Feb 27
    Nadim I. Wehbe, Xiao Qin, Brett Tigges, Zhao Shen, and Abdullah Boudaqa
    Crashes of heavy trucks with bridge columns are random events with low probability of occurrence. In spite of the low odds, previous collision events have resulted in catastrophic partial or full collapse of bridges. AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications requires bridge columns to be designed for collision loads to prevent bridge collapse under such extreme events.
  • Posted: Feb 26
    Chris Pantelides, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, was recently named to the editorial board of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials.
  • Posted: Feb 23
    In this issue you can find information on graduate school news and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars you may be interested in.
  • Posted: Feb 22
    Ahmad A. Ghadban, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Micah Underberg
    Concrete infrastructures in cold areas such as South Dakota tend to experience early deterioration that is mostly triggered by steel corrosion. The corrosion is initiated by chloride penetration through cracks in the concrete. Fiber reinforced concrete (FRC) is known to be a good alternative to conventional concrete in cold areas due to its enhanced durability and resistance to crack development.
  • Posted: Feb 14
    This study will be one of the first independent studies in the nation to investigate the overall safety impact of diverging diamond interchanges (DDIs). The results will be useful in evaluating DDI construction and retrofit projects in Utah as well as other states. The research is expected to have a broad and significant impact on the implementation of innovative interchange and intersection designs.
  • Posted: Feb 7
    The $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University.
  • Posted: Feb 5
    Nadim Wehbe and Michael Konrad
    Precast/prestressed double tee bridge girders are widely used for accelerated bridge construction on local roads in South Dakota. A common issue among existing double tee bridges in South Dakota is the rapid deterioration of longitudinal joints (shear keyways) between adjacent girders.
  • Posted: Jan 31
    Jonathan Wood and Shaohu Zhang
    Perception-reaction times (PRT) and deceleration rates are critical components in the design of highways and streets.
  • Posted: Jan 26
    Researchers and students from MPC universities presented more than 60 papers or posters at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) earlier this month. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of transportation researchers and professions.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    Dilip Mistry, a doctoral student in Transportation & Logistics within the College of Business at NDSU was named the Region VIII Mountain-Plains Consortium Student of the Year, Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. Each year, the U.S. Department of Transportation honors an outstanding student for achievement and potential future contributions to the transportation field.
  • Posted: Jan 24
    Robert Lankford
    Roadside barriers are the primary structural safety devices on surface roads. They can be made from any material as long as they can absorb the energy involved in an impact scenario. One material that has that potential is Ipe, which is a hardwood material that has relatively high strength compared with common structural woods.
  • Posted: Jan 10
    This webinar will present the research findings of the Mountain Plains Consortium Research Project 480. This research was based on innovative geometric designs as a solution to the challenge of increased traffic volume with limited resources. This particular study focused on diverging diamond interchanges.
  • Posted: Dec 21, 2017
    Francis C. K. Ting, Ryan J. Larsen, and Ryan P. Rossell
    The potential benefits of this project would be new procedures and guidelines for bridge hydraulic analysis. The case studies in this report would serve as detailed examples on creating and using 2D flow models for bridge hydraulic analysis, including field data collection, mesh generation, model calibration, and analysis and interpretation of modeling results.
  • Posted: Dec 15, 2017
    Shiling Pei, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Brittney Ahrenstorff
    A research study was conducted by South Dakota State University in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) to assess applicability of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) design calculations for the dynamic ice loads on bridge structures in South Dakota.
  • Posted: Dec 8, 2017
    Junwon Seo, Eduardo Torres, William Schaffer, and Nadim Wehbe
    The ultimate objective of this project was to develop widely accepted recommendations on self-consolidating concrete (SCC) mixture design for its use in WisDOT bridge projects. This project investigated the effects of material constituents on the material properties of trial SCC mixtures made from precasters in Wisconsin.
  • Posted: Dec 7, 2017
    Mohammad Forakhki, Sultan Alhomair, and Christopher Bareither
    The objectives of this study were to assess geotechnical properties of mine waste amended with fly ash and evaluate reuse of fly ash amended mine waste as road construction material. Three types of fly ash and one type of cement were used as cementitious binder.
  • Posted: Nov 15, 2017
    In this issue you can find information on graduate school news and recent/upcoming happenings in the transportation field. This issue also includes a variety of upcoming transportation conferences, workshops, and webinars you may be interested in.
  • Posted: Nov 9, 2017
    The week-long program in August hosted 18 students and was a cooperative program of SDSU, the SD Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration. The program consisted of workshops in transportation engineering, surveying, material science, physics, math, computers, and electronics.
  • Posted: Nov 6, 2017
    The Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western District, recognized Dr. Cathy Liu with its Outstanding Educator Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego in June.
  • Posted: Oct 30, 2017
    Shiling Pei, Nadim I. Wehbe, and Melissa McMullen
    A study was conducted to investigate implementation of accelerated bridge construction (ABC) in South Dakota. Accelerated bridge construction is defined as construction practices that employ innovative techniques to reduce on-site construction time and interruption to traffic.
  • Posted: Oct 24, 2017
    A new online transportation and logistics course will be offered at NDSU for the spring 2018 semester focusing on transportation technology. The course, TL 757: Intelligent Transportation Solutions, will introduce graduate students to transportation solutions that leverage technology to help move people and freight more safely, securely and efficiently across the multimodal transportation network.
  • Posted: Oct 18, 2017
    Yufen Zhou and Suren Chen
    In the present study, a hybrid dynamic analytical approach is developed for a typical multi-span concrete bridge and stochastic traffic flow by considering the excitation from road roughness.
  • Posted: Oct 10, 2017
    Avi Sharma, Kelly Strong, and Mehmet E. Ozbek
    This research attempts to answer the following fundamental questions: What factors does a transit agency use to choose among alternative TOD locations in a transit network, and what is the relative importance of each factor? It aims to develop a decision support framework that can be used by different transit agencies when choosing a TOD site by incorporating their unique factors and weights using a multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) tool called Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP).
  • Posted: Oct 5, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University celebrated its 50th Anniversary Aug. 30 by hosting an interactive outdoor event featuring heavy trucks, emergency response vehicles, transportation safety exhibits and highlights of the Institute's history. Photos of the event are now available.
  • Posted: Oct 3, 2017
    Grant Levi will be awarded the John M. Agrey Award. The Institute's highest award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the state of North Dakota through involvement with transportation. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Oct 2, 2017
    Kathy McCarthy will receive the Chairman's Award. The award recognizes an individual for contributions to transportation research, education, and outreach at NDSU, and/or contributions to the viability of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5.
  • Posted: Sep 29, 2017
    Niles Hushka will receive the Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing those who have had distinguished careers in a transportation-related field. The award will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 28, 2017
    Kaci Levorsen and Ann Denk will receive the $1,500 Paul E.R. Abrahamson Transportation Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes outstanding students at NDSU with an interest in the transportation and logistics of agricultural products. The scholarships will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 27, 2017
    Emma Keller will receive the $2,000 Charles E. Herman Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and promotes education of transportation students with a preference to women and minorities at NDSU. The scholarship will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 26, 2017
    Joshua Nohner and Joseph Smith will receive the $1,500 Transportation Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and promotes the education of transportation students at NDSU. The scholarships will be presented at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's Annual Awards Banquet held Oct. 5 where we honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the transportation industry in the region.
  • Posted: Sep 6, 2017
    No. But. Don't. These words will stop conversations cold. Reduce conflict, manage difficult customers, and redirect performance by harnessing the power of positive language. Learn techniques to transform tough conversations to those filled with respect and momentum. Join the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) as Robin Thorstenson delivers this webinar on October 20.
  • Posted: Sep 6, 2017
    UGPTI's Dr. Raj Bridgelall will discuss automobile and intelligent transportation system technology at a webinar hosted by the Transportation Learning Network (TLN) on October 16.
  • Posted: Aug 29, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. with safety and transportation exhibits, free food, and information about the Institute and its history.
  • Posted: Aug 23, 2017
    Xiangdong Xu, Anthony Chen, and Seungkyu Ryu
    Redundancy is vital for transportation networks to provide utility to users during disastrous events. In this project, we develop two network-based measures for systematically characterizing the redundancy of transportation networks: travel alternative diversity and network spare capacity.
  • Posted: Jul 7, 2017
    Carolyn McAndrews, Evan G. Rosenlieb, Austin Troy, and Wesley E. Marshall
    Transportation systems generate certain health-promoting benefits such as access to social, economic, and cultural resources, but they also are a source of air pollution, noise, safety hazards, and barriers that diminish social cohesion in neighborhoods.
  • Posted: Jun 27, 2017
    Yail Jimmy Kim
    This report presents a two-phase research program studying i) galvanic current influencing deterioration of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) sheets bonded to a steel substrate and ii) electrochemical reaction for steel beams strengthened with CFRP.
  • Posted: May 18, 2017
    Min Ook Kim and Amanda Christine Bordelon
    A simple finite element (FE) model was developed and utilized in this study to investigate how fracture energy can affect the cracking and debonding of thin concrete overlays subjected to environmental loads. It was confirmed that crack opening width, vertical lift-off, and debonding rate all decrease as the fracture energy across a joint increases or as the interfacial tensile bond increases.
  • Posted: May 10, 2017
    Colonel Matt Shatzkin, a U.S. Army logistics expert and graduate of NDSU's Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. program recently presented a lecture on emergency supply chains. His presentation is now available online.
  • Posted: May 3, 2017
    David M. Sanbonmatsu, David L. Strayer, Arwen A. Behrends, Nathan Medeiros-Ward, and Jason M. Watson
    A study was conducted to investigate why people talk on a cell phone while driving and why they also support legislation to restrict this practice. Participants completed a survey about their driving attitudes, abilities, and behaviors, and performed the OSPAN task.
  • Posted: Apr 27, 2017
    Chris Pantelides, MJ Ameli, and Lawrence Reaveley
    This report describes a research program conducted to evaluate bridge joints using two types of GSS connectors experimentally. Cyclic quasi-static loading was used to test column-to-footing and column-to-cap beam half-scale specimens.
  • Posted: Apr 26, 2017
    Transportation and Logistics Ph.D. student Amin Keramati recently won the 2017 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials GIS for Transportation Student Paper Contest.
  • Posted: Apr 25, 2017
    Abu Sufian Mohammad Asib, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation under the supervision of Dr. Romero, received an award recently from the Utah Asphalt Pavement Association.
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