Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Transportation Research Board Conference

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Recently, Ben Cummins (MRP '13), Viktor Zhong (MRP '12), Katie Filardo (MRP '13), and Professor Mike Manville attended the Annual Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference, which represents the 91st meeting of the transportation industry, brought together policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions to discuss all modes of transportation whether it be highway, rail, freight, water, or air. The conference included five days of workshops, conference sessions, and poster sessions ranging in topic from everything between pavement mixtures and carsharing. Participants were able to use an online interactive program to develop an itinerary tailored to their interests.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to interact with leading professionals in the field throughout the event. “I would strongly recommend this conference for anyone interested in transportation - any aspect of it really, whether it is domestically or internationally,” said Viktor Zhong. “Basically, you can meet the people at the forefront of transportation development, research, advocacy, etc.” Even Ray LaHood, the United States Secretary of Transportation was in attendance. Students also noted that the conference was a great networking opportunity to find internships and jobs.   

(Information provided by Viktor Zhong)