2011 September

Kara Kockelman: what in your field could make the world a better place?

Professor Kara Kockelman responds to the question “What in your field could make the world a better place?” With population and standards of living rising, associated transportation congestion, energy demands and environmental impacts are serious concerns. In terms of advances that will enhance our future, I am most excited about vehicle sharing, vehicle propulsion and …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Energy & Resources

No surprise, Austin gridlock gets worse (from Kxan news)

2011 Urban mobility study covered by local news network in Austin: Austin’s growth is showing up in the morning and afternoon commutes. According to the 2011 Urban Mobility report produced by the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M , in 1982 Austinites spent an average nine hours a year in traffic. In 2010, that figure …


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Dr. Oz Bayrak receives 2011 George D. Nasser Award

Ozzie Bayrak has been selected to receive the 2011 George D. Nasser Award from the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. This award recognizes the paper published in the PCI Journal that is most “worthy of special commendation for its merit on the design, research, production, or construction of precast/prestressed concrete structures.” He co-authored the winning paper with …


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Protecting bridges from terrorist attacks (from UT Austin)

The Sept. 11 attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center dramatically illustrated the catastrophic damage that terrorists can inflict on civil structures. Because of this, engineers like Williamson have worked in the decade since then to design structures and transportation systems that are more resistant to attacks. Over the centuries, one of the most …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Bridges & Other Structures

Transportation Engineering Professor Lends Expertise to President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (from Cockrell School of Engineering)

A professor at the Cockrell School of Engineering was among a group of academic, business and government leaders invited by President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to discuss how public and private sectors can partner to create opportunity and support job creation. C. Michael Walton, an international authority on transportation policy and a transportation …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Researchers