Penn State road research center earns state training excellence award

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.

Students to get first course on rural road ecology

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.

Drone to help refuse-collecting robot find refuse bins

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.

Penn State friction research aligns global safety efforts

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.

Penn State researchers help develop robot-based refuse collection

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.

WHYY features spotlight the work of Penn State bridge researchers

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.

Treated like dirt: Pennsylvania roads program draws national attention

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.



The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891