August 2017
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UF Transportation Institute

The UF Transportation Institute welcomes our newest faculty member, Lili Du! Dr. Du  is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. Before joining UF, she worked as an assistant and then an associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 2012-2017. 

To read more about Dr. Du, [ click here].
UFTI Set to Launch Advanced Technology Testbed I-STREET
The University of Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Gainesville, is preparing to launch the advanced transportation technologies testbed I-STREET (Implementing Solutions from Transportation Research and Evaluation of Emerging Technologies).  I-STREET will encompass the University of Florida campus and the surrounding roadway network in the City of Gainesville. 

To read more about the I-STREET initiative, [ click here].
UFTI Affiliate Concludes Research on Impedance-Based Detection of Corrosion in Post-Tensioned Cables
University of Florida researchers explored the use of indirect impedance as a method of corrosion detection on post-tensioned cables. UFTI affiliate Mark Orazem, Ph.D., was the principal investigator on the project. The project included fundamental studies on corrosion rates and oxide film thickness for ASRM A416 steel in simulated pore solutions and in grout. Practical studies determined how indirect impedance may be employed in field applications.

To read the project summary, or the final report, [click here].
SurfvidsUF SURF Interns Complete Summer Research

Watch Asean Davis, a civil engineering student at Jackson State University, speak about his experience working with Dr. Scott Washburn on the development and analysis methodology of two-lane highways.
 [Click here to watch]
Watch Jabari Wilson, a civil engineering student at the University of Alabama, speak about his experience working with Dr. Lily Elefteriadou and autonomous vehicles. [Click here to watch].
Technology Transfer

The UFTI's Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center is hosting a webinar on an Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) manual to evaluate traditional roadway intersection types that have been identified for capacity and/or traffic control improvements. This manual was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation and includes state-of-the-art tools to select and rank the most suitable alternative intersection design-based predictive safety and efficient traffic operations. 

Presenter:  Alan El-Urfali, P.E.
FDOT State Traffic Services Program Engineer

To register for this webinar, [click here].

FHWAFHWA Awards UFTI's T2 Center Three Accelerating Safety Activities Program Awards

The UFTI's Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center was recently awarded three Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP) awards from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The three awards represent more than half of all available funding for fiscal year 2017.

For more information on the awards, [ click here].
UTCCallforAbstracts  Registration Open for the 2017 UTC Conference
The UFTI's STRIDE Center will be hosting this year's University Transportation Centers (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region, November 16-17, 2017, at the UF campus.  The conference is  FREE  and open to faculty, students, practitioners, and public agencies in the Southeast. 

We had an overwhelming response to the abstract submission, receiving more than 60 posters and 50 presentations. As a result of the large amount of submissions, we plan to add two more  concurrent sessions to the program.   

Visit the  conference page to register, to view the program, and to make your hotel reservations. Registration deadline is October 23, 2017.

Questions? Contact Ines Aviles-Spadoni, STRIDE Research Coordinator at or call 352.294.7803.
MctransMcTrans Update

This month's update explains HCS Release 7.3, and the Freeways module that now models travel time reliability for the Travel Time Index and Reliability Rating. 

To read more, [ click here].
T2CalendarT2 Course Calendar

If you're interested in taking a training course with the UFTI's Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center, [ click here] to find the updated list!
Awards & Other News
TransplexUFTI Students Present at FDOT's Transplex Event
UFTI students Deja Jackson and Fabio Sasahara attended and presented posters at the Florida Department of Transportation's TRANSPLEX conference in Ponte Vedra, Fla., from August 8-10, 2017. 
[ Click here] to view pictures from the conference, as well as their posters. 
UFTI Student Tyler Valila Wins ITE Scholarship Award for 2017-2018 School Year

Tyler Valila, a second-year transportation engineering student, was this year's recipient for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Scholarship Award. Valila currently serves as the fundraising chair for the UF ITE student chapter. He previously served as the Benton Engineering Council (BEC) representative. 

To read about more about Tyler Valila, [click here].
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P.O. Box 116580 
Gainesville, FL 32611-6580 
Phone:  352..294.7803