DOT awards Carnegie Mellon, Penn Engineering $3.5 million for transportation research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science $3.5 million to be used over the next two years to research ways to improve the safety and efficiency of transportation and to implement new technologies. 

A national University Transportation Center (UTC) will be located at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. Through this new UTC, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pennsylvania will explore new technologies that could affect a wide range of transportation issues, from vehicle and road safety to analysis of traffic flow. The project will also establish a workforce development program that will train graduate students in modern transportation-related technologies.

"State-of-the-art computing and communication technologies can significantly advance the safety and efficiency of transportation, since extending the physical infrastructure is both very expensive and limited by existing road layouts," said Raj Rajkumar, the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon.

As more projects to improve the safety of roadways and transportation efficiency begin, ensure workers use appropriate safety products and safety equipment for highway work zones. Protective equipment can include hard hats, work gloves, hi-vis vests, and safety glasses.

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