April 24, 2018
New Transoft Solutions Scholarship for Undergraduate Students in Transportation
Chayma Tika and Sophia Semensky were presented with the Transoft Solutions Scholarship at the WTS Symposium held on April 4, 2018, at the University of Florida. This new scholarship is for junior or senior civil engineering undergraduate students specializing in transportation. Preference is given to student(s) involved with the student organization, Women’s Transportation Seminar. The scholarship is generously sponsored by Milton Carrasco, President and CEO of Transoft Solutions, Inc. Mr. Carrasco serves as a member of the UFTI’s External Advisory Board and served as its first chair from 2014-2017.
 The UFTI has Joined a Second Metrolab Network Partnership

The University of Florida and City of Gainesville have partnered up to join the Metrolab Network. T wenty-two cities were chosen out of more than 50 applications to participate in the second year of the Smart Cities Collaborative. This effort will work on finding ways to handle the emergence of autonomous vehicles. UFTI first joined MetroLab through a partnership with the City of Jacksonville, under which there are already several research projects underway to enhance mobility and safety.
Bill Sampson Publishes New Highway Capacity Analysis Textbook

The Highway Capacity Analysis textbook was written by William M. Sampson, McTrans center director, and provides students with foundational principles, concepts, and theory regarding capacity analysis to prepare them for work as a traffic engineer.
University of Florida researcher Julian Brinkley’s Dissertation Research covered by the Associate Press.

University of Florida engineering graduate student, Julian Brinkley, was recently interviewed by the Associated Press. Brinkley has developed a program to understand the needs of the visually impaired in regards to self-driving cars. Using his program, Atlas, he collects data from users and others while collaborating with the Florida Center for the Blind in Ocala, Florida. Brinkley is working on his doctoral studies with Dr. Juan Gilbert in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering.
ITE & WTS Visit the Jacksonville Transportation Authority

The UF ITE and WTS Student Chapters visited the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), and the Jacksonville International Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. Students were given the opportunity to learn about the history of JTA, drive a JTA bus simulator, view shipments being transported from JAXPORT, and get a behind-the-scenes look at baggage screening at the JAX airport. Click Here to Read the Recap .
Dr. Lily Elefteriadou recently visited and presented her work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her presentation was titled "Traffic Signal Control with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the Traffic Stream." It discussed on-going work to develop optimization algorithms, simulation tools, and sensor capabilities for enhancing traffic signal control operations when the traffic stream consists of connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and conventional vehicles. The research, led by UF, is funded by NSF and FDOT, and involves two industry partners: ISS and Econolite.  
Congratulations to UFTI Student, Marilo Martin Gasulla, who was invited to be a Young Member of the TRB Standing Committee on Roundabouts.
UFTI Bids Farewell and Thanks to Nuchanart Tuntiserirat for Her Role as STRIDE Assistant
The UFTI would like to thank Nuchanart Tuntiserirat, a fourth-year Advertising student in the UF College of Journalism & Communications, for serving as the assistant at the STRIDE Center – the UFTI’s U.S. Department of Transportation grant-funded University Transportation Center (UTC). Tuntiserirat has been working on the UFTI and STRIDE’s social media, as well as assisting Ines Aviles-Spadoni, the STRIDE Center’s Research Program Coordinator, with administrative duties. Tuntiserirat will be graduating at the end of April 2018. 
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