Penn State's Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies has been honored with the 2016 Leadership Training Excellence Award, presented by the State Conservation Commission. The center is part of Penn State's Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute.
Penn State students will have their first chance this fall to take a new course on rural road ecology and maintenance, developed by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at Penn State's Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute.
Students from Penn State and two Swedish universities have collaborated with the Volvo Group and the Swedish waste recycling company, Renova. The result is a robot that automatically collects and empties refuse bins. A drone on the roof of the refuse truck scans the area and helps the robot to find the bins.
If you're someone who drives or flies to get places, you probably know that friction is vital to ensure safe travel surfaces for cars and airplanes.
One day soon, thanks to a team of researchers that includes Penn State students and faculty, a robot a lot like Pixar's memorable Wall-E could arrive on your street and empty your refuse bins while you sleep.
Penn State's multifaceted expertise in advanced bridge research was showcased in a special report produced in April by WHYY Keystone Crossroads, a multi-station public media project focusing on distressed Pennsylvania cities. The profile was carried by WESA in Pittsburgh, WITF in Harrisburg, and WPSU in State College.
A program for maintaining and improving Pennsylvania's huge network of unpaved and rural roads is drawing nationwide attention as a model for how it's done.