2016 Transportation Materials Research Center (TMRC)

Sponsor:  Michigan Department of Transportation

PI:  Larry Sutter

Project Period:  10.01.15-09.30.16

The mission of the TMRC is to provide expertise and facilities to support the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)’s infrastructure materials engineering needs through technical services and engineering support.  The TMRC also provides education and outreach to transportation officials in the state.

The center activities for 2016 provide a continuation of the past activities of the TMRC.  The main center activities will continue to be technical support through material testing and analysis in conjunction with our innovative research investigations, education and outreach in support of MDOT’s mission.

The efforts of the TMRC are divided into two components; Core Services and Supplemental Services.

Core Services include education, research support and communications.  Education activities include employment of both undergraduate and graduate students on TMRC projects and provide lectures on TMRC projects to a wide range of audiences that interact with MDOT or other transportation related organizations.  Research support provides the administration of the TMRC contract and dissemination of TMRC project results to MDOT and at national meetings such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB).  Communications include conveyance of the TMRC’s analysis, forensic evaluations and recommendations for field implementation through a written report and may be published in peer-reviewed journals or via direct meetings with MDOT personnel.

Supplemental services are those associated with specific technical projects and investigations as specified by the MDOT project manager through a formal request process.

Lawrence Sutter
Lawrence Sutter
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