Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) – Informational Slides & Meeting Recording

MTTI recently hosted an informational meeting regarding  two FRA BAA’s currently open for concept papers and proposals.

This year, there are 2 BAA’s:

BAA #1 is a general announcement with a listing for multiple research topics organized by FRA’s four research areas of Track, Rolling Stock and Equipment, Train Control, and Human Factors.  This BAA requires a 2 step proposal process with  submission of a concept paper to the FRA, who then extends an invitation for a full proposal submission if concept paper is selected.

BAA #2 is an announcement focused on Intelligent Railroad System Research, and is restricted to university and university-led teams as qualifying applicants.  This BAA requires a full proposal submission.  No concept paper is necessary.

For more information, including program guidelines, please visit the FRA BAA website.

For MTTI meeting recording and informational slides, please visit here.

Beyond Traffic: Growing Transportation Research @ Tech

The Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) recently held a general meeting for the campus transportation community and its MTTI membership titled: Beyond Traffic:  Growing Transportation Research @ Tech.

A networking reception and poster display opened the evening session before MTTI Director Pasi Lautala provided information to the group on MTTI resources available, plus upcoming funding opportunities.   Executive Committee member Jake Hiller (CEE) delivered an introduction to the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA), in which MTTI has been a long time partner.

Slides used in the meeting are available here.  Beyond Traffic Meeting April 2018


National Road Research Alliance (NRRA) Highlights MTTI as Partner in March 2018 Newsletter

The National Road Research Alliance (NRRA), a pooled fund that focuses on solving problems for local, regional and national research, tech transfer and implementation needs, posted a profile of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) in their March 2018 newsletter.

MTTI has long been a partner of the NRRA and will be hosting their Director Glenn Engstrom at a meeting open to all campus researchers on Tuesday, April 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the MUB alumni lounge.
NRRA Newsletter

Beyond Traffic: Growing Transportation Research @ Tech

Open to all researchers on campus, join the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) to discuss transportation research opportunities on April 3, 2018 in the MUB Alumni Lounge.  Find out how MTTI works and where you fit into the picture.

A reception and dinner will be hosted along with an address by keynote speaker Glenn Engstrom from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA), a pooled fund that focuses on solving problems for local, regional and national research, tech transfer and implementation needs.  MTTI partners with both MnDOT and the NRRA.

A reception will be held at 5:00 pm followed by dinner and keynote address.

To register, please enter here.

MTTI Provides Sponsorship Funding for 2018 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Facilitated by and held on the grounds of the Keweenaw Research Center, the SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The program provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition that tests their designs to reengineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. Participants’ modified snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

More information here.

MTTI Supports Local Youth Program for Women

MTTI  supported the  2018 Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) program where 225 local middle school girls visited Michigan Tech’s campus to participate in three STEM activities. This year the activities included building a bionic hand, participating in a space lander engineering challenge, and building flashlights.

MTTI Researchers and Students Attend 2018 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting

The 97th Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting titled Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future was held in Washington, DC, January 7-11.  The meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops.  Attending this year’s meeting were 26 members and students of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI).

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Sproule Named Airport Cooperative Research Program Ambassador

By Sue Hill (College of Engineering)

Bill Sproule
Bill Sproule

Bill Sproule (CEE) has been appointed by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to be an Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Ambassador for a two-year term.

ACRP is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops practical solutions to problems faced by airport operators. It is managed by TRB and sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

ACRP Ambassadors are volunteers who serve as liaisons between the TRB and ACRP, the research community, and airports operators at conferences and industry events and will make presentations on the ACRP research process and products, and other airport topics, and promote opportunities for others to be involved in ACRP research panels and projects.

Zhanping You and students attend NRRA grand opening on behalf of MTTI

Zhanping You (CEE), students Siyu Chen, Fangyuan Gong, Ran Zhang, visiting scholars Songtao Lyu and Chundi Si attended the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA) Grand Opening at MnROAD on October 10. Zhanping You received a Plaque from Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Zelle for Associate Member Michigan Tech Transportation Institute. U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer and Commissioner Charlie Zelle joined the event. MnDOT Commissioner Zelle, Deputy Commissioner Mulvihil and Associate members of NRRA cutting the ribbon with Congressman Emmer.

MnROAD, located near Albertville, Minnesota, is a pavement test track consists of various combinations of road-building materials and designs. MnROAD collects pavement field data with thousands of sensors located in each test section. A tour of MnROAD Low Volume Road was shown by the MnROAD staffs.