Barbeque, Santa Highlight ICT Lab Open House

Homemade barbeque and a surprise from Santa Claus highlighted the Transportation Group Winter Open House on Monday, December 4th, 2017. Dozens of staff, faculty, and students brought along family members to celebrate the holiday season at the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL). 

Students pose with Santa Claus at the Transportation Group Winter Open House.

Santa dazzled the younger ones in the crowd with candy and presented ICT Director Imad Al-Qadi with a check for $100,000 on behalf of UIUC Professor Emeritus Barry Dempsey. This most recent donation brings the contributions of the Barry J. and Pauline G. Dempsey ATREL Endowment Fund to half a million dollars. The money is used to support ATREL.

“I like to see that ATREL can expand its research and operational horizons,” Barry Dempsey said. In his turn, Professor Al-Qadi thanked Barry for his continued support of ATREL since its inception.

ICT Senior Sustainability Implementation Engineer David Lippert is the man behind the barbeque. Mixing up lip-smackin’ sauces is a hobby he enjoys when not working at ICT.