The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign transportation group had a strong presence this year at the 96th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), held January 8–12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C.
The meeting program, featuring the spotlight theme “Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change,” attracted more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. Topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions were the focus of the program’s sessions and workshops.
At the meeting, ICT-affiliated researchers gave several presentations based on research projects sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The full list of presentations based on IDOT-funded research is available here.
In addition, ICT researchers presented their latest findings on several other topics, the full details of which can be viewed here.
Also at this year’s meeting, more than 500 alumni, faculty, staff, and students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Illinois gathered at the annual Illinois transportation group reception held during TRB, on January 8. Benito Marinas, CEE department head and professor, gave an overview of the department’s current research, faculty, and programs and presented prospective plans for educating future leaders in civil and environmental engineering. The event was a great opportunity for academics and professionals to mingle, network, and discuss the latest advancements in the transportation engineering field.