Texas A&M System Engineers Collaborate at National Innovation Summit

Texas A&M Engineering booth at National Innovation Summit.

Engineering professionals throughout the Texas A&M University (TAMU) System met in Washington, D.C., at the 3rd annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase, June 16–18. The National Innovation Summit is the world’s largest showcase of industry-vetted new technologies that are ready for commercialization; the summit is in support of the White House and Congressional call for innovation … Read More

TTI Hosts Summer Transportation Institute

Students from the Summer Transportation Institute tour the Emissions Research Facility at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Twenty high school students who have shown interest in science and engineering spent an entire day at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), June 25, as part of the Prairie View A&M Summer Transportation Institute (STI), which is in its 15th year. The 11th and 12th grade students were among 45 applicants who were selected … Read More

Goodin Appointed to Federal ITS Advisory Committee

Intelligent transportation system command center

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Ginger Goodin was recently appointed to the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee (ITS PAC). Goodin was invited to join the committee by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The role of the ITS PAC is to act in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of … Read More

2014 Global Level Crossing Safety Symposium Set For August 3-8

Freight train crossing a roadway with crossarms in foreground.

The Global Level Crossing and Trespass Symposium is a biennial event that brings together engineering, safety and security professionals from highway, rail, law enforcement and regulatory authorities around the world. The symposium provides an opportunity to exchange information and share best practices to improve the safety of the at‐grade interface between highway and rail systems. … Read More

Villa Appointed to Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness


Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Program Manager Juan Villa was recently appointed to the International Trade Administration’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. The committee was established in 2011 to provide the Secretary of Commerce with detailed advice on the elements of a comprehensive national freight infrastructure and freight policy to support U.S. supply chain … Read More

New Rapid-Flash Beacon Shows Great Promise in Improving Driver Yielding to Pedestrians

Worker installing a flashing beacon on a pedestrian crossing sign.

For many pedestrians, crossing a multilane busy roadway without the protection of a traffic signal is a nerve-wracking proposition, even when using a crosswalk. Help is coming, though, as research into a recently-developed rapid-flash beacon has shown significantly positive results—an increase in the number of drivers yielding to pedestrians. One of those projects is a … Read More

TTI’s Safety Center Expands Research Opportunities Through New ATLAS Center

ATLAS Center: Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety

The nation’s two largest university-based transportation research institutes have joined forces to form a unique University Transportation Center (UTC) designed to improve safety through a multidisciplinary, systems approach. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) — which will lead the efforts — and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) will form the UTC, called … Read More

Briaud Receives Distinguished Member Status at ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers logo

Research Engineer Jean-Louis Briaud has been selected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society’s highest honor. ASCE, representing 145,000 members worldwide, selected 11 members for its 2014 Distinguished Member class. The new members will be formally inducted at the Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama this fall. … Read More

Christiansen Editorial in the Texas Lyceum Journal Focuses on Transportation Infrastructure

Texas Lyceum logo

Dennis Christiansen, agency director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), recently wrote an editorial for the 2012-2013 Texas Lyceum journal. The editorial examines the state of transportation in Texas, where rapid growth and shrinking resources have stretched the transportation infrastructure to its limits, threatening the state’s economy and quality of life. The full text … Read More

Traffic Safety Conference Breaks Attendance Record

2014 Traffic Safety Conference logo

A record number of people attended this year’s Traffic Safety Conference, organized by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety (CTS). More than 300 people attended the statewide event in San Antonio, Texas, May 12–14. The event, now in its sixth year, usually attracts about 200 people. “We tried to expand and diversify … Read More