PacTrans News

  • September 22, 2022

    OSU Hosts Third Annual National Summer Transportation Institute

    This summer, PacTrans consortium partner, Oregon State University, hosted their third annual National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI). In all, twenty-one, high-school age students had the opportunity to spend a week on the OSU campus, learning about a variety of transportation related disciplines, free of charge.

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  • September 22, 2022

    A PacTrans Student Research from WSU Publishes new Work on Highway Animal Crossings

    A PacTrans student researcher from Washington State University’s School of Economics, Wisnu Sugiarto, recently had some research published in the Transportation Research Record on highway animal crossings. This work intended to quantify whether the addition of these structures had an added financial benefit, beyond the benefit to animal populations and migratory health. The paper found that these crossings appear to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions in Washington state, saving roughly $235,000 to $443,000 every year per structure. Sugiarto said, “Wildlife crossing structures not only benefit the ecosystem but may also improve road safety.”

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  • September 22, 2022

    PacTrans PI John Gambatese from OSU Elected to National Academy of Construction

    PacTrans PI and Oregon State University Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering was recently elected to the National Academy of Construction. The induction ceremony will take place on October 6 in Scottsdale, AZ.

    President and CEO of the Academy, Wayne Crew, speaking about Professor Gambatese, said, “Our 2022 class represents dedication to the industry and significant contributions to improving the built environment. John Gambatese is one of our industry’s most important contributors to construction safety and safety in design. We welcome him.”

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  • September 21, 2022

    PacTrans WDI Partners with UW Youth & Teen Program to Deliver Two-Week Course on Autonomous Cars

    This summer, the PacTrans Workforce Development Institute worked with the UW Continuum College’s Youth and Teen Program to develop and offer a two-week course to middle school students called, Introduction to Autonomous Cars. In this course, students learned principles of automation using LEGO Education Spike kits. To better connect what they were learning through these hands-on activities, the course also featured a series of guest speakers and UW lab visits where professionals presented on a variety of transportation related topics.

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  • September 21, 2022

    UW Undergrad Researcher Awarded Two Accolades

    Peter Yu is an undergraduate researcher in the UW Smart Transportation and Application REsearch (STAR) Lab. We are very excited to announce that he has recently received a handful of prestigious student accolades.

    He recently earned four awards/scholarships including: the ITE Western District Best Student Paper Award, the R.H. Thomson Memorial Scholarship, the Luther E. Gregory Scholarship, and the Hans M. & Billie A. Skov Scholarship in Civil Engineering. 

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