National Transportation Center
UMEC engages in public research and technical assistance programs to develop projects that address challenges faced by residents in urban communities. These activities address concerns like food deserts, access to employment, distracted driving, and connected and autonomous vehicle implementation. The Center also facilitates the implementation of practical transit solutions to these challenges, with research aimed at transit routing, equitable evacutation plans, and emergency response vehicle deployment.
To better serve these aims, UMEC-affiliated faculty at MSU meet with community groups and government agencies to provide technical expertise. They also serve on local, state, and national committees to help municipalities implement relavent transportation research findings. The Center has sponsored transportation forums, PSA programs, and engineering competitions for middle and high school students.
The Center also promotes education and research opportunities for minorities and women to prepare them for transportation careers.
UMEC's partner universities have developed innovative programs that generate interest in the field of transportation and facilitate the easy exchange of information. Programs include:
School Days at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI)
This program demonstrates VTTI's research and technology to primary and secondary school students on field trips.
The National Summer Transportation Institute at Morgan State University
This four-week summer program introduces middle and high school students to careers in transportation while providing them an opportunity to participate in academic and practical experiences related to transportation in the Baltimore-Washington area.
CITE: Consortium for ITS Training and Education at the University of Maryland
CITE is an integrated advanced transportation training and education program open to anyone pursuing a career in advanced transportation and includes graduate- and undergraduate-level courses as well as skill-based training and technology transfer.
MD T2 Center: Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center at the University of Maryland
The Center works with the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to meet the training and technology assistance needs of agencies involved in transportation.