University Transportation Centers Program


University Transportation Centers Program

= Program History =

The "University Transportation Centers (UTC) program" was established by the United States Department of Transportation in 1987 as part of a government effort to improve transportation research and education in the US and to strengthen the country's competitiveness in the global transportation industry. ["University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program". April 2006. Council of University Transportation Centers. 8 June 2007 .] The program was authorized by the United States Congress as part of the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act. The Act of Congress specifically allocated funds for the establishment of federal transportation centers within institutions of higher education in each of the 10 Standard Federal Regions. United States. Dept. of Transportation. Research and Innovative Technology Association. "DOT University Transportation Centers (UTC)." 23 May 2007. 8 June 2007 .] In 1991, the UTC program was reauthorized for six years and four new transportation centers were added. Six University Research Institutes (URI), each with its own specifically-mandated research objectives, were added as well.United States. Dept. of Transportation. Research and Innovative Technology Association. "DOT University Transportation Centers (UTC)." 23 May 2007. 8 June 2007 .] In 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century reauthorized the UTC program for an additional six years and increased the total number of UTCs from 14 to 33. United States. Dept. of Transportation. Research and Innovative Technology Association. "DOT University Transportation Centers (UTC)." 23 May 2007. 8 June 2007 .]

In 2005, the UTC program was again reauthorized in SAFETEA-LU, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. The number of Centers increased to 60, some competitive and some explicitly named in the bill.

Mission and Goals

The UTC program mission is "To advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence."United States. Dept. of Transportation. Research and Innovative Technology Association. "Vision, Mission, and Goals." 23 May 2007 .] The program also strives to achieve six specific goals, which are:

1. Education: a multi disciplinary program of course work and experiential learning that reinforces the transportation theme of the Center.

2. Human Resources: an increased number of students, faculty and staff who are attracted to and substantively involved in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of the Center.

3. Diversity: students, faculty and staff who reflect the growing diversity of the U.S. workforce and are substantively involved in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of the Center.

4. Research Selection: an objective process for selecting and reviewing research that balances multiple objectives of the program.

5. Research Performance: an ongoing program of basic and applied research, the products of which are judged by peers or other experts in the field to advance the body of knowledge in transportation.

6. Technology Transfer: availability of research results to potential users in a form that can be directly implemented, utilized or otherwise applied. [6] ]

Notes

References

*Council of University Transportation Centers (http://cutc.tamu.edu)

*United States Department of Transportation (http://utc.dot.gov/index.html)


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