UF College of Engineering Launches the Transportation Institute
On Friday, October 4, 2013, the University of Florida announced the formation of a new Transportation Institute within the College of Engineering to serve as an umbrella organization housing several transportation-related centers, including the Florida Transportation Technology Transfer Center, McTrans, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), and the STRIDE Regional University Transportation Center. The University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) aims to advance the transportation state-of-the art, disseminate research results, and provide educational opportunities related to transportation across the lifespan. UFTI brings together faculty, staff, and students from many diverse backgrounds to provide solutions to a variety of transportation problems.
To celebrate the launch, UFTI held an event at the Reitz Union on the University of Florida Campus in Gainesville, Fla. The event included presentations by distinguished guests and faculty, a student research poster showcase, tours of research labs and facilities, and displays from student organizations. After an introductions from Dr. Cammy Abernathy (above left), Dean of the College of Engineering, and Professor Lily Elefteriadou, UFTI Director, expressing their vision for the institute, Tom Byron, chief engineer of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), presented an overview of current transportation research and the FDOT/UF partnership. Professor Elefteriadou also addressed the audience with a snapshot of the new institute, followed by presentations from faculty and staff members associated with UFTI representing diverse areas such as traffic engineering, the Transportation Research Center, pavements, autonomous vehicles, technology transfer, and more.