From the Director


Spring has come to Vermont and has brought not just abundance of maple sap but also of activity at the UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC).


The TRC Research Expo in March featured the president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), UVM alum Michael Lewis, and a host of presentations by partners, faculty and students.  Nineteen graduate student poster presentations illustrated the breadth and interdisciplinarity of research being conducted at UVM, including work on roundabouts, porous pavement, multimodal transportation infrastructure, biofuels, bridge scour, workforce development and active transport and obesity rates.  Congratulations go to Kristine Harootunian for her winning poster, Drive Like a Local! Findings from the Vermont State Crash Database.



Many of these posters and a number of other undergraduate and graduate transportation-related presentations appeared at the UVM Student Research Conference in April.


We were very pleased to learn that Benjamin Rouleau, a civil engineering junior who has worked on a number of research projects at the TRC, has been selected as a 2013 Goldwater Scholar.  In addition, TRC Scholar Ben Carlson (MPA 2013) has been chosen for a Presidential Management Fellowship and will be heading to Washington DC at the end of the semester.


In addition to the stories included in this newsletter some very recent developments at the TRC that we are very excited about include:

  • Two TRC Faculty Associates, David Novak (Business) and Luis Vivanco (Anthropology) were recognized as recipients of UVM REACH grants (read more here), a new initiative that seeks to identify and promote promising research and scholarship.
  • Faculty Associate Pablo Bose (Geography) worked with the Public Administration Capstone graduate students to explore mobility and accessibility challenges of the growing refugee population in Chittenden County to inform the state Refugee Service Network about future options.
  • Graduating Senior Alexandra Evarts of the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition produced a guide to Sustainable Transportation Practices on college campuses, detailing best practices and strategies to integrate transportation initiatives into campus climate action and green team initiatives. 

Finally, the TRCs summer brown bag series will be starting up soon with a number of interesting presentations and discussions featuring various stakeholders, partners and faculty of the TRC.  You can join us in person on selected Fridays or attend online.  A full schedule will be sent out soon. 


                                         Austin Troy
                                         Professor and TRC Director 

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Spring 2013 News
UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC)
The TRC is a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and outreach focused on risk and resiliency as they relate to transportation systems, particularly in northern, rural, exurban and micropolitan contexts.

Innovative Reasearch at TRC Research Expo 
 Research showcased from across the disciplines.  
Expo Highlights '13
A focus on challenges, innovation, and research, with keynote by AASHTO President Michael Lewis
VTCCC Clean Fleets 
Speakers discussed the pursuit of fleet efficiency and alternative fuel options

TRC Alumni at Work: 
Dr. Peter Pettengill 
Dr.Pettengill works as an Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Grand Canyon
Expo Keynote Lecture, News, & More
Check out all Expo coverage, including the keynote speech recording, on our Event Page
TRC Alumni at Work: Diana Colangelo 
Colangelo is now an Economic Development Specialist in Burlington, VT

TRC Burack Lectures 
Dr. John Landis & Dr. Jonathan Rubin shared urban growth & energy economics expertise
Ben Rouleau Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Rouleau, a junior in engineering, received this prestigious award
UVM Student Research Conference
See videos and posters of
TRC student research
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