PacTrans News

  • May 30, 2013

    I-5 Bridge Collapse

    PacTrans leadership is actively engaging researchers, state and local agencies  on how PacTrans, as a regional university transportation center, will respond to the I-5 Bridge Collapse.

    For updated WSDOT information on bridge, please visit

  • May 30, 2013

    PacTrans is Proud to Sponsor the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Washington

    The University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (UW CEE) is hosting the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) on May 31 – June 1, 2013 at the University of Washington.  The competition is jointly organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and UW CEE. Student teams from approximately 45 universities from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico that have qualified for the national competition by placing at the top of their regional competition will be descending on Seattle for the NSSBC. This is a platform to showcase the most elite civil engineering students.

    For more information, please visit the NSSBC website:

  • April 18, 2013

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #2, 2013 now available

  • February 12, 2013

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #1, 2013

    Read the first issue of the PacTrans Newsletter!

  • January 27, 2013

    PacTrans Seminar Series: Electric Vehicles and Life Cycle Assessment

    Jointly organized by PacTrans and the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UW

    Speaker: Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson, Duquesne Light Company University Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

    Abstract: With an increasing number of states mandating the sale of zero emissions vehicles, manufacturers are responding in part by developing electric or battery hybrid vehicles. While widespread use of electric vehicles has the potential to reduce tailpipe emissions, the full environmental cost of producing and operating battery powered vehicles must be considered. This talk discusses the potential environmental impacts of battery powered motor vehicles, including earlier lead acid battery versions and new battery chemistries. Barries to widespread adoption are also discussed.

    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                   Location: Electrical Engineering 105, UW Campus

    Reception: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.         Location: More Hall 101, UW Campus

    PacTrans_Feb. 27 2013 Seminar (Details)

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