The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is holding its 89th Annual Transportation Short Course on the campus of Texas A&M University Oct. 12–14. The event, organized and co-hosted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and TxDOT, briefs the department’s employees about the latest innovations resulting from the TxDOT’s transportation research. It also gives the department an opportunity to look back over the past year and recognize accomplishments, as well as set goals for the coming year.
“The greatest accomplishment of TxDOT this year was to solidify and re-earn the respect of the people of Texas and the Texas Legislature,” declared TxDOT Executive Director LtGen Joe Weber USMC (Ret.). “The expectations for us are very, very high.”
Weber spoke at today’s opening session, where departmental accomplishments were recognized. These included the conferring of TxDOT’s Extra Mile Awards, given to personnel who, during the course of their jobs, help—and, in some cases, save the lives of—their fellow Texans.
After the opening session, break-out sessions will highlight recent research innovations by TTI and the department’s other research partners for those destined to use them in the field: TxDOT personnel and practitioners.
“Short Course is always a highlight of the year for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute,” says TTI Agency Director Dennis Christiansen. “It’s a very visible example of the partnership that exists between TxDOT and the state universities and has led to innumerable advances in transportation innovation—not only in Texas but throughout the country.”