Excellence in transportation studies earned Professor Robert Bertini the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and merited graduate student Theresa Carr Student of the Year honors from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Bertini, civil and environmental engineering faculty and director of the College of Urban and Public Affairs' Transportation Studies Center, received the NSF's most prestigious award for junior faculty members. The award recognizes and provides financial support for the early-career development activities of those teacher-scholars most likely to become academic leaders of the 21st century.
The NSF award includes a five-year, $400,000 grant for research and education activities associated with Bertini's project, "Mining Archived Intelligent Transportation Systems Data: A Validation Framework for Improved Performance Assessment and Modeling." The project will work to centralize the vast amount of traffic data collected by the Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Tri-Met, and Portland State, and will develop tools to mine that data for more accurate information about traffic processes. The grant will also fund the creation of an intelligent transportation systems lab at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's new technology hall.
Theresa Carr, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student with a focus on transportation, was one of only 32 students honored nationally by the DOT's University Transportation Center for "achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field."