Leslie S. Richards to Headline 24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) today announced that Leslie S. Richards, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, will serve as keynote speaker at the 24th Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC), to be held December 5-7, 2018, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. Richards is scheduled to speak on December 5, between noon and 1:15 p.m.

Larson Transportation Institute welcomes new assistant research professor

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) today announced that Elizabeth Traut will join the Institute as an assistant research professor. She is scheduled to begin August 15.

Mansour Solaimanian promoted to research professor

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) today announced the recent promotion of Mansour Solaimanian to research professor. Serving as director of the Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT), Solaimanian directs certification and training programs for asphalt design and construction, concrete field testing and surface improvement for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The programs have certified more than 18,000 individuals in the construction industry.

Larson Transportation Institute brings big win to Penn State and Mid-Atlantic universities with USDOT grant award

Improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure will be the primary focus of a multi-university transportation research program led by Penn State, as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) 2017 Region 3 University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program. Penn State, through the Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute (LTI), will lead the consortium including George Mason University, Lehigh University, Morgan State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Tech University and West Virginia University — otherwise known as the Mid-Atlantic Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS).

CEE graduate students win multiple awards at annual research symposium

Three graduate students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering recently won first place awards at the 15th Annual College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS), held on Tuesday, April 10, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Gayah to use NSF CAREER award to ease traffic congestion and improve efficiency

Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of civil engineering at Penn State, will research urban traffic network dynamics from a network-wide perspective, thanks to a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award.

LTI faculty affiliate Lesley Ross to chair TRB Committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons

The Larson Transportation Institute (LTI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lesley Ross, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at Penn State, to chair the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine standing committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons (ANB60), as selected by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). A faculty affiliate of LTI and acting director of the Center for Healthy Aging from 2017-2018, Ross will serve on the TRB committee from April 15, 2018 through April 14, 2021. The Center for Healthy Aging and HDFS are a part of the College of Health and Human Development.

Larson Transportation Institute hosts second graders for hands-on STEM

As part of a special field trip to University Park to watch "Che Malambo" at Eisenhower Auditorium, second grade students from Lewistown Elementary School (LES) in Lewistown, Pa. recently visited the Larson Transportation Institute (LTI) and the Energy and the Environment Laboratory, for a hands-on STEM experience.

Larson Transportation Institute marks 50 years of research

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) marks 50 years of research with a look at how the Institute began, what some of its greatest contributions have been, and where it is heading in the future.

Civil engineering student honored with Sylvia Alston Graduate Scholarship

Civil engineering Ph.D. candidate Kristin Kersavage has been granted the prestigious Sylvia Alston Graduate Scholarship by the WTS Pennsylvania section.

Civil engineering faculty to present during Transportation Research Board meeting

Two Penn State faculty members, affiliated with the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI), have been invited to present research posters during the 97th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. The annual meeting will be held January 7-11, in Washington, D.C.

Larson Institute breaks records with 2017 Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

Celebrating its 23rd year, this year's TESC topped previous years with record-breaking numbers of attendees, exhibitors and sessions. More than 670 attendees filled the halls and conference rooms to gather information from 40 sessions and 34 exhibitors representing products and solutions for intelligent traffic management, data collection and infrastructure.

Larson Transportation Institute to host 23rd annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

Transportation professionals from around the state, mid-Atlantic region and country will gather for the 23rd annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC). Held December 6-8, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and hosted by the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, TESC brings together experts in industry and academia to discuss some of the most important issues in transportation.

Danielle Berman awarded prestigious Jack E. Leisch Fellowship

Civil engineering graduate student Danielle Berman has been awarded the 2017 Jack E. Leisch Fellowship, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The fellowship rewards outstanding professional accomplishments in the fields of geometric design, traffic engineering and transportation planning.

Penn State civil engineering paper receives D. Grant Mickle Award

A team of Penn State civil engineers have recently received the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) D. Grant Mickle Award for their paper on transportation efficiency.

Transportation research results in Fred Burggraf Award

A team of Penn State civil engineers were presented with the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Fred Burggraf Award for their paper on transit signal priority. The paper titled, "Estimating the Impacts of Bus Stops on Transit Signal Priority on Intersection Operations: A Queuing and Variational Theory approach," was co-authored by assistant professors of civil engineering Ilgin Guler and Vikash Gayah, along with civil engineering doctoral student Kan Wu. The Fred Burggraf Award recognizes excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger.

On The Road to Reality of Autonomous Vehicles

Thought leaders, academic and industry experts, public officials and planners from across the state recently gathered in Happy Valley for the first Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit, held Sept. 11-12, at the Ramada Conference Center in State College and The Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute's test track in Bellefonte.

Automated Vehicle Summit to host vehicle demonstrations at Larson Transportation Institute Test Track

The 2017 Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit is scheduled to be held Sept. 11-12, at the Ramada Conference Center, located at 1450 S. Atherton Street in State College and the LTI test track, located at 164 Test Track Road in Bellefonte.

Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit examines safety concerns, statistics and regulations

Representatives from the commercial trucking industry gathered at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on Aug. 29, for the 2017 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit.



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