Essam Radwan, Ph.D., P.E. , F. ASCE Executive Director of CATSS
As CATSS starts its seventeeth year we all reflect back on what we have accomplish so far and look forward to more exciting intiaitves. Year 2013 has been one of the most exciting years of CATSS’ history. The center was successful in securing partnerships with three new UTC consortiums. The Center for Transportation Research at Univeristy of Tennessee is the designated center for region 4 and its theme is “Comprehensive Transportation Safety”. Other members include the University of Kentucky, the University of South Florida, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama Birmingham, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, North Carolina A&T State University, and Clemson University.
The second consortium is headed by the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the University of Iowa. The center, titled Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM), will utilize driving simulation and other traffic simulation models to address the safety issues prioritized by the U.S. DOT. The center will conduct research, sponsor outreach activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas, and aid workforce development efforts in the area of transportation safety. The research will address all road users including passenger car drivers, transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists, and heavy truck drivers. Other consortium members include University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez.
The third consortium is led by the Insititute for Simulation and Training at UCF. The center’s theme is “Electrical Vehicles” and other memebrs of the team include Tuskegee University (Alabama) and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu.
CATSS continues to be an active and proud member of the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management housed at the Georgia Insitute of technology. We continue our second year of affiliation with NCTSPM and it has been a successful and rewarding experience.
The Department of Civil, Envienmental, and Construction Engineering, where CATSS resides, have a new leadership in the front office. Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty, a veteran transportation faculty in the department and an international scholar, have teaken the helm of the department in August 2013. He continues to have high profile of research activites and strong ties with the center.
I am honored to continue my affiliation with CATSS and invite you to share our excitement while we continue to serve the transportation profession not only in the US but also in other parts of the world. Please drop me a note or stop by to visit our labs and chat with our faculty, research associates, and students and witness tomorrow’s research and education being executed today.