March 2018
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Roadside plantings beautify Florida's highways and make traveling more pleasant, but they also perform a vital engineering function by helping to preserve the integrity of the roadway and to prevent erosion. Wildflowers have been used in roadside plantings since highway beautification efforts began in the early 1960s. Professor Jason Ferrell from the Department of Agronomy was the principal investigator of this project. UF researchers compared both Florida ecotype and non-Florida ecotype wildflowers in order to try and determine which wildflowers establish consistently. Follow this link to view the Final Report.
UFTI Affiliate Dr. Mang Tia Uses Development of Mix Designs for RAP Concrete for Florida Concrete Test Bed concrete
The objective of this project was to use specially designed software to optimize the mix of recycled asphalt pavement, RAP, as a replacement for up to 40% of the aggregate in concrete mixes. UF Term Professor Mang Tia served as the principal investigator of this project. The resurfacing of asphalt roadways involves the removal, or milling, of the top pavement layer before retopping with fresh material. The milling process produces mountains of asphalt chips, and transportation agencies across the United States have worked to find appropriate uses for RAP. Click here to view the project's Final Report.
Dr. Reynaldo Roque Studies Impact of Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) on Asphalt Binder Performance Asphalt
In this project, UFTI affiliate researchers evaluated the effects of adding recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) and recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) to virgin asphalt binder, in an effort to accurately determine key properties of the resulting mixtures. The challenge is that it is difficult to accurately characterize the properties and behavior of RAS so that the amount that can be used in asphalt mixtures can be set with greater precision. Click here to read the project's  Final Report.
Meet Ph.D. Student Gustavo de Andradegustavo
Gustavo de Andrade is a third-year Ph.D. student at the UFTI. Andrade is currently working with Dr. Lily Elefteriadou on the topic of Relationships between Road Safety and Operations. Click the picture to learn more about his research!
Professional Development
Continuing Education Coursesselectedcourses

Selected upcoming courses are listed below:
McTrans Webinar SeriesMctranswebinars
This Highway Capacity Analysis Webinar Series presents lectures, software demonstrations, and application examples on the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM6) procedures. Step-by-step instruction of the HCM6 methodologies will be provided for each analytical chapter. Click here for the full schedule and registration link!
T2 Course CalendarT2calendar

If you're interested in taking a training course with the UFTI's Transportation Technology  Transfer (T2) Center, click here to find the most recent course list!
Other News
Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks to Present on Thursday, April 12, 2018, on UF CampusElismillerhooks
Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks will be presenting a seminar on "Multi-Hazard Resilience Quantification in Transportation Systems and the Societal Functions They Support." Dr. Miller-Hooks is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and holds the Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering. This seminar will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 12:50 PM to 2:45 PM in the New Engineering Building Room 102. The seminar will also be webcast live  here: .This talk will describe developed mathematical approaches for quantifying and maximizing the resilience level of these surface transportation systems and the societal functions they support.
The Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) hosted its annual symposium on April 4, 2018. Expert panelists spoke on the topic of Smart Cities as it related to a connected campus and cities, including the presence of autonomous vehicles and policy implications. The presentations focused on UF as a connected campus, and discussed the implications stemming from the presence of autonomous vehicles. A raffle and a reception took place following the event. To view pictures on our Facebook, click here.
Deja Jackson, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil and Coastal Engineering, was recently invited to attend the 26th Annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference as well as the 37th National Lifesavers Conference on Highway Safety Priorities. To read more, click here!
The UFTI welcomes Elaine Khoo in her new role as the Marketing and Communications Specialist. Khoo will focus on further developing creative solutions to promoting the various research, education, and technology transfer activities. Click here to learn more about our new team member!
Alyssa Mercadante and Don Weatherby have recently joined our T2 Center team! Mercadante will serve as the new Network Assistant, and Weatherby will serve as the new Training Coordinator. Click here to read more about our new hires!
The Florida Gator Student Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) participated in an "Alachua Women Build" event on March 10, 2018. Participation in this event was part of the WTS student chapter's service to the community. The Alachua Women Build project was founded in the mid 1990s and has been providing good, affordable housing in the Gainesville community ever since. To read a full recap of the event, click here.
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