MDOT Leaders Tour CBEIS Laboratories

Monday, September 29, 2014

More than 50 state managers from the Maryland Department of Transportation toured the laboratories in The Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS) at Morgan State University on Sept. 24, 2014.

Gregory Butler of the MDTA enjoys a spin in the driving simulator.

The day began with a brief overview of civil engineering and transportation programs at Morgan, which is the only university in the country to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in transportation as well as a certificate program.

Then, the MDOT managers watched materials used in highway construction being tested in the Structures Lab, witnessed an earthquake in the Seismic Simulator Lab and took turns behind the wheel in the Travelers’ Behavior Analysis and Simulation Lab. They also toured labs dedicated to geospatial, environmental and geotechnical research and heard presentations on the research conducted at Morgan.

Louis Jones, the director of Diversity for MDOT, said the tour was “just outstanding and marvelous.
As an alumnus, I’m impressed by how far the school has come – it’s quite an accomplishment to be a leader in transportation.”

In his closing remarks, Jones said, “This has just been phenomenal. I see so many opportunities in terms of collaboration.”

Clemon A. Hammie, C/MBE program manager in MDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity, said, “The stuff you guys are doing is cutting-edge.”

After the tours and presentations, which were hosted by the National Transportation Center at Morgan, the managers enjoyed lunch in the CBEIS building and a walk across campus to the business school.

MDOT managers examine corrosion-resistant material undergoing testing in the Structures Lab.