|As a speaker in the "Safer Road by Design Across Six Continents" workshop organized by the International Road federation, Dr. Radwan lectured in days four and five of the ten-day event. Delegates attending the workshop came from eight countries including Zambia, Libya, Mexico, Zambia, Antigua, Sierre Leone, Nigeria, and the USA. Experts from a variety of countries presented best practices and state of the art technologies in Roadside Safety, Work Zone Safety, Vulnerable User Safety, Traffic Management and Road Safety Audits.|
Please join me to congratulate Taylor Lochrane, a Ph. D. candidate in the transportation program in our department, for being selected the Student of the Year Award for the UTC competition. Dr. Al-Deek should be equally congratulated for being an excellent mentor for Taylor.
For the past 21 years, the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has honored an outstanding student from each UTC at a special ceremony held during the TRB Annual Meeting. Each student is recognized during the ceremony by a Departmental official; the Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration made the presentation last year.
CATSS is a member of the Tier 1 UTC group headed by Georgia Tech. Other members are FIU and UAB. Taylor was the winner representing all four universities, a great honor to have.
Dr. Essam Radwan
|Mr. Mike Dreznes, the Executive Vice President of International Road Federation, delivered a seminar under a joint sponsorship between the CECE Department and CATSS. Mr. Dreznes talk covered the topic of road safety and “Forgiving Highways”. He is an international authority on design of guardrails and crash attenuators and IRF has sponsored in the past and continues to sponsor fellows to pursue graduate degrees at UCF.|
Dr. Abdel-Aty was invited to speak at the plenary session of the 3rd Sino-German Symposium on Urban road traffic safety and the 7th symposium on road traffic accident research in China. The Symposiums were held jointly on Oct. 8 and 09 in Shanghai.
The session was dedicated to discuss the traffic safety situation in China, US and Germany.
Dr. Aty presented the American experience in research and practice in traffic safety.
|Dr. Radwan’s Trip to visit UDC University in Brazil
Professor Fabio do Prado at the Uniao Dinamica de Faculadades Catarats (UDC) invited Dr. Essam Radwan to visit the main campus of the university in Iguacu Falls, Brazil. The purpose of the visit was to explore establishing a program between the two institutions for offering joint undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering.
The UDC campus is uniquely located near the Iguacu Falls and the Itaipu Dam, which is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam. It is located at the cross road of three countries namely Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Transportation of people and goods in that region is being viewed as a great and promising graduate study discipline.
The Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies at UCF currently has an agreement with UDC that will bring thirty high school students for one month to UCF to learn English. Professor Prado is planning a second visit in May 2013 to the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at UCF during which he plans to bring 15 undergraduate students to visit laboratories on campus and construction sites in the Orlando metropolitan area.