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Downloads of STRIDE Final Reports, Course Modules Going Strong

Several STRIDE projects resulted in downloadable materials, which continue to be viewed and saved around the world after months, even years, of original posting. In the lifespan of our website, we had STRIDE project materials viewed over 5,000 times! Check out our full list of all final reports with downloadable materials to use in a variety of transportation topics here:  [View reports]  
STRIDE Project Evaluates the Impact of Work Zone Operations on Users through the Use of Traffic Control Strategies
A STRIDE-funded project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will evaluate traffic control strategies at interstate work zones and how they impact the scheduling of construction work. The study is led by Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku and her post-doctoral scholar, Ossama E. Ramadan. The study aims to...[read more]

Creating a Framework to Plan for the Adaptation of Transportation Infrastructure in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Yafeng Yin, professor of civil engineering at the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI), is working on a STRIDE-funded project that focuses on the infrastructure adaptation planning of automated vehicles (AVs) on roads and highways. The project is titled...[Read more]

GaTech Researchers Help Atlanta Communities Make Strides in Fixing Sidewalks


Georgia Tech researchers under Dr. Randall Guensler have been working to develop a toolkit of smartphone and online apps, known as the Sidewalk SentryTM and Sidewalk ScoutTM, that constitute a comprehensive sidewalk asset management system. The apps allow anyone with access to inventory sidewalks, assess their condition, and prioritize improvements for their community. [Read more]


STRIDE Research Coordinator Wins CUTC-ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award

The STRIDE Center's Research Coordinator, Ines Aviles-Spadoni, was the recipient of the 2016 CUTC-ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award, which was presented to her this January during TRB at the Annual CUTC Awards Banquet in Washington, D.C.... [ See awards]
STRIDE-Affiliated Students Win 2015 ITS Florida Scholarships 

Two STRIDE-affiliated Ph.D. students were awarded the 2015 ITS Florida Anne Brewer Scholarship from ITS Florida: Homa Fartash and Shahadat Iqbal. Homa Fartash, a Ph.D. candidate in transportation engineering at Florida International University, is working on a funded research project titled as "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Ramp Signaling Deployments in a Real-Time Operations Environment" under the supervision of Dr. Mohammed Hadi. Homa is currently serving as the... [Read more]
Congratulations to STRIDE Faculty & Students! 

Visit the link below to find out who received awards this semester. [See awards]

STRIDE Student of the Year: Clark Letter

Congratulations to Clark Letter for being selected as the STRIDE Center's 2015 Student of the Year. The award was presented to him in January 2016 during the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).  Clark is a doctoral student ... [Read more]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Invites STRIDE-Affiliated Student as Guest Columnist  

Alice Grossman, a graduate student at GaTech focusing on sustainable transportation, was a guest columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with an op-ed on the needs for better sidewalks in Atlanta.The sidewalk issue is not new to Grossman as she was fully involved in a STRIDE-funded project on "Automated Sidewalk Quality & Safety Assessment" with Dr. Randall Guensler. For more on her call to action, [Read the Op-Ed]

Image Credit: Virginia Highland Civic Association

GaTech Students Pave the Road for a Public Transportation Initiative

Georgia Tech students have been at the forefront of a movement sweeping through the Atlanta public transportation system.  Public transportation in Atlanta goes by the name of MARTA, and the initiative, called the "MARTA Army" is a grassroots organization that has gained traction among riders/users and enthusiasts over the last few months.  Anyone can join the group and participate to implement small projects on a large scale to improve the ridership experience... [Read more]
Meet the 2016 STRIDE Interns
The new interns for Summer 2016 have been selected and began their program on May 19. STRIDE interns have a unique opportunity to do their internship at any of the universities within the STRIDE consortium. During this paid internship, students are paired up with a faculty adviser and work on active research projects.  The program ends in late July, and students are responsible for delivering a final report and giving final presentations related to project they worked on. Read about this Summer's interns, who they are and the research projects they will be working on.  [Read more] 
Student Spotlight: Samaneh Khazraeian, Ph.D. Student at FIU 

Samaneh Khazraeian, a Ph.D. civil engineering student at Florida International University (FIU), is ready to turn transportation chaos into organized circulation.  Living in the Iranian capital of Tehran, Khazraeian witnessed huge crowds moving all day long.  "Circulation in big cities, especially at peak hours, is chaos," Khazraeian said. "The lack of expertise in these cities is evident of such a situation."   [Read more] .
Student Spotlight: Gustavo Riente de Andrade, Ph.D. Student at UF                   
Gustavo Riente de Andrade is a graduate student in the transportation engineering program at University of Florida (UF). He was highly motivated to pursue his doctoral studies after meeting several transportation faculty at a UF-sponsored workshop in 2010. While attending Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos in Brazil, de Andrade flew to Orlando, Fla., to attend a workshop on the Highway Capacity Manual and was introduced to Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, professor and director of the STRIDE Center.  [Read more] 
Technology Transfer & Workforce Development
Upcoming STRIDE Workshop Introduce Planning Tools for Linking Rural Development and Transportation

Dr. Brian J. Morton of UNC-Chapel Hill and Dr. John Poros of MSU will be co-teaching a technical workshop related to their STRIDE-funded project "A Regional Land-Use Transportation Decision Support Tool for Mississippi" (project #2012-003S) during the National Regional Transportation Conference on June 13-15, 2016 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  [Read more]

The next workshop on FREEVAL-DSS will be helld at the ITE Conference in Chicago on June 26, 2016.   A previous workshop was held on April 1, 2016, during the UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region, which took place at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The workshop was led by Drs. Nagui Rouphail and Behzad Aghdashi, both of the Institute for Transportation Research & Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Workshop participants included students, faculty and transportation professionals who sat through 2.5 hours of hands-on activities using FREEVAL-DSS....[Read more] 

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STRIDE Center Co-Sponsors the 2016 UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region

The STRIDE Center once again co-sponsored the UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region, which was hosted this year by the University of Tennessee located right in the heart of downtown Knoxville. This year, the conference included a 3-Minute Thesis presentation in which two students from UF participated. Michael Armstrong, a recent graduate of the transportation program at UF, who is now working at... [read more]
STRIDE Co-Sponsors Girls in Science & Engineering Day at UAB

For the second year in a row, the STRIDE Center has supported a K-12 initiative at the University of Alabama at Birmingham aimed at engaging middle school girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The "Girls in Science and Engineering Day" (GSED) event was held on May 7th and led by Dr. Viriginia Sisiopiku, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Collaborators included UAB female faculty and students from ... [read more]
News from ITE & WTS Student Chapters
ITE and WTS student chapters across the STRIDE universities at GaTech, UAB, FIU, NCSU and UF were bustling with activity this Spring 2016.

Read more about WTS               
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