A great number of Illinois transportation faculty and students headed to Washington D.C. the first week of the year to attend the 97th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), held January 7–11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The meeting program, featuring the spotlight theme “Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future,” covered all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops. 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.
Similar to previous years, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s research was strongly featured in this year’s program and the contribution of faculty and students to poster sessions, workshops, and committees was very significant.
At the meeting, Illinois Center for Transportation-affiliated researchers gave numerous presentations based on research projects sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Again this year, more than 600 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 7. Benito Marinas, CEE department head and professor, welcomed attendees and gave an overview of the department’s current research, programs, and plans for educating future leaders in civil and environmental engineering. The event was a great opportunity for academics and CEE alumni to mingle, network, and discuss the latest advancements in the transportation field.