The CPW is a consortium of universities with extensive expertise in maritime issues who work together as a team in research and development activities. Consortium members include: Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M at Galveston, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and The University of Texas at Brownsville.
The multidisciplinary expertise of the researchers at these universities represents all perspectives of engineering, economics, transportation, marine biology, and geosciences. This enables the CPW to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to the challenges that face the maritime industry. Concentrating on an intermodal research approach, the CPW is studying all facets of the maritime industry to develop a seamless transportation system. In addition to the extensive resources and capabilities of The Texas A&M University System available through TTI, consortium members bring unique contributions to produce implementable research for the water transportation industry. CPW has project experience and expertise in a variety of areas including:
- Engineering and Technology
- Operations and Logistics
- Planning and Development
- Safety and Security
- Trade and Economics
A marine council provides advice and recommendations to the CPW and serves as a resource group for the center. This council consists of representatives from the Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers, maritime associations, private industry, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Waterway Operators Association, and the Texas Ports Association.
For more information about this research center, see the article in the Texas Transportation Researcher entitled “The Center for Ports and Waterways.”