THE THOMAS D. LARSON


PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE

Transportation Infrastructure Program

The Transportation Infrastructure Program (TIP), directed by Dr. Shelley Stoffels, focuses on the analysis, design, behavior, and evaluation of transportation-related structures.

LTI faculty, staff, and students are working to improve the long-term durability and value of transportation systems by conducting basic and applied research on the materials and methods used to construct and maintain pavements, bridges, and highway systems.

TIP has access to state-of-the-art testing equipment and facilities. Among those are the advanced testing systems at the Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT) and the Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory (CITEL). The 56,000-square-foot CITEL facility includes a concrete mixing area, environmental chambers that can simulate a number of climatic conditions, and a 10,000-square-foot laboratory for large- or small-scale structural testing to include tests on full scale bridge girders. The pavement laboratories are equipped and staffed to perform pavement-related tests, specifically those in the area of asphalt binders and mixtures.

An interdisciplinary group of faculty conducts research, education, outreach, and public service activities for public agencies and the private sector, directed toward improving the nation's infrastructure.