SPONSOR: MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PI: Pasi Lautala
The primary objective of the NU Rail Center is to improve and expand rail education, research, workforce development, and technology transfer in the US. Michigan Tech, in collaboration with its academic, industry and state partners, will work to identify important rail knowledge areas for inclusion in these activities. Under the center, the Michigan Tech team is expanding its multidisciplinary research activities from the previous NU Rail award in various areas, such as rural freight rail and multimodal transportation improvements, human factors and rail safety, infrastructure evaluation and assessment, high performance materials for railroad infrastructure preservation and renewal, and improved materials for the rail industry. Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program (RTP) director also serves as the Associate Director of Education for the consortium. Educational activities are a high priority with focus on expansion of undergraduate level funded projects and internships among other activities. On technology transfer, the main objective is to continue the development of Michigan Rail Conference.