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Fall 2014
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  • UFTI Reception & STRIDE Student Poster Showcase/Competition
  • UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

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Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku Named ITE Fellow
Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku was named Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in September 2014, an honor bestowed on the top transportation engineering professionals in the country. Dr. Sisiopiku is the first ever female ITE member in the State of Alabama holding this special professional distinction.

Research Posters, Presentations & Publications
STRIDE Researchers have been busy publishing papers and presenting their STRIDE-funded work at various conferences, workshops and events. 

University of Florida 
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PO Box 116580 
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580 

Ph: 352.392.9537, Ext. 1409
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Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.  Professor & Director, UFTI/STRIDE 
Happy Holidays to you and your families! I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual UFTI & STRIDE reception during TRB, on Monday, January 12, 5:30-7:30 pm (see full invitation below).  As in previous years, we have selected several students of our STRIDE affiliated universities to present posters on their innovative research, and we will award first, second, and third place awards to participating students.  Research and education projects initiated in 2012 are now being completed (see our website for final reports and teaching materials) and we are exploring various options for technology transfer opportunities. We would be happy to work with you to arrange for webinars and workshops to present the results of our work.   
With best wishes for a healthy and happy 2015!



Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
UF Transportation Institute/STRIDE

A New Database Shows Drivers Performing Merges & Lane Changes in 3D

Researchers at the University of Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are working on a database that captures the way drivers move when operating a vehicle. The open-access data base will provide the necessary information for researchers to create efficient experiments. [read more]
Considering the Environment & Safety in Signal Timing

More and more, transportation agencies are interested in performance measurement and management as a means to properly address issues related transportation systems. To date, the performance measures used in assessing and optimizing signal timing have been limited to mobility measures, such as travel time and delays with very little attention given to the impact of traffic signals on the environment and safety. Read on to find out what researchers are doing to investigate this area. [read more]

Completed STRIDE Reports

Various final reports have been published in the past year from projects funded in 2012. Click on the following link for a complete list. [read more] 
Congratulations to Louis Merlin, STRIDE Student of the Year

Dr. Louis Merlin has been selected as the STRIDE Student of the Year for 2014. Dr. Merlin graduated in 2014 from the Regional Planning program at UNC Chapel Hill. Find out more about Dr. Merlin's accomplishments and where he is today. [read more]

STRIDE Summer Internship 2014 Concludes with Final Presentations


A majority of the participants of the Summer 2014 Transportation Research Internship Program (TRIP) completed their program in August with a seminar to showcase their projects. See more on the intern presentations.[read more]  


STRIDE Researchers Developing GIS-based Tool for Teaching Crash Prediction Methods to Transportation Professionals
Dr. Ilir Bejleri and Dr. Siva Srinivasan of the University of Florida, are developing an instructional tool that uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to predict crashes on roads using methods of the Highway Safety Manual (HSM).  The tool will train current and future professionals on the underlying theory behind these methods so they can run analysis of streets that have potential traffic safety issues and create countermeasures for addressing them. 

New Course Teaches Students on the Environmental & Transportation-Related Aspects of Sustainable Design  


A 3-hour, semester-long course on Sustainable Design and Rating Systems has been developed and taught on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus during the fall semester of 2014. The class, which had 19 students enrolled (eight undergraduate and 11 graduate students), was team-taught by Dr. Robert W. Peters, professor of environmental engineering, and Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku, associate professor of transportation engineering.  The course addressed both environmental and transportation-related aspects of sustainable design..[read more]


Technology Transfer

WTS Symposium at UF Yields Interesting Thoughts on the Future of Transportation 

What will the future of transportation look like? Guest panelists Alex Bond of Eno, Anoch Whitfield of Tindale Oliver and Debbie Leistner of the City of Gainesville tackled this question and others from their perspectives. [read more] 
Workforce Development/K-12

STRIDE Partners Engage in K-12 Activities 


The STRIDE Center is working hard at finding creative ways to

engage younger students in transportation engineering. Various K-12 projects have been funded by STRIDE. Find out what fun and exciting events have taken place this semester, hosted by various STRIDE partner institutions in the Southeast. [read more] 


Faculty & Student Awards

Congratulations to STRIDE Faculty & Students! 


Faculty and students affiliated with the STRIDE Center have received awards this semester. Find out who they are.[read more]   



Upcoming Events

You're Invited to  

the UFTI Reception & STRIDE Student Poster Showcase & Competition at TRB   


The UFTI Reception will be held at a Baby Wale, a restaurant 1.5 blocks from the Marriott Marquis, during the 94th TRB. The reception is on January 12, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and will feature a STRIDE student poster showcase/competition.[read more]   

UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region: Register Now & Submit Your Abstracts!


Registration is now open for the UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region, which will be held March 26-27, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency/The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala. The conference is hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Mississippi State University. [read more] 

ITE & WTS Student Chapter News
WTS student chapters at GaTech, FIU and UF share their activities this semester [read more]


ITE student chapters from FIU, GaTech, UAB and UF provide an update of various activities undertaken at each STRIDE partner institution. [read more]
News from STRIDE Partners


  • Dr. Daniel Rodriguez to take part in hosting former mayor of Bogota, Colombia at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Leslie Ross, formerly at UAB, will serve as vice-chair of Safe Mobility for Older Persons Committee at TRB
  • Two STRIDE-funded papers led by Dr. Noreen McDonald of UNC Chapel Hill published by Springer and Elsevier
  • STRIDE-funded Pedestrian Safety Virtual Reality Prototype featured in local Birmingham media
  • Dr. David Schwebel of UAB publishes various papers on Virtual Reality Prototype study
  • Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku serves as organizing chair for international conference
  • Various publications by Dr. Virigina Sisiopiku of UAB
  • Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku named ITE Fellow

[read more]


Southeastern Transportation, Research, Innovation, Development & Education Center
University of Florida 
365 Weil Hall 
P.O. Box 116580 
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580 
Phone:  352.392.9537, Ext. 1409