National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management (NCTSPM)
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a member of a university consortium who won a highly competitive Tier 1 National University Transportation Center designation from the USDOT. The consortium is led by the Georgia Institute of Technology who received $3.5 million federal funds that must be matched with an equal amount. Funds to support Center-related activities at UAB will be provided via a subcontract with the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Center is named the “National Center for Transportation System Productivity and Management” (NCTSPM).
The Center has its headquarters on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus (Dr. Michael Hunter, Director), with local offices on the UAB and UCF, and FIU campuses. Dr. Fouad H. Fouad is the Associate Director on the UAB campus, Dr. Essam Radwan is the Associate Director on the UCF campus, and Dr. Albert Gan is the Associate Director on the FIU Campus. The Director and Associate Directors comprise the Management Committee which is responsible body for the administration and management of the Center.
The Center will sponsor projects and activities to advance the technology and expertise in the multiple disciplines that comprise transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer while serving as a university-based center of excellence.
For more information please visit http://www.utc.gatech.edu/
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a member of the Southeast Transportation Research, Innovation and Education Center (STRIDE) a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) led by The University of Florida. In 2012 STRIDE succeeded in receiving $3.5M in federal funds through USDOT and RITA to be used for the advancement of transportation research and education in the southeastern US. Additional funds were committed by state departments of transportation to further research, education and workforce development objectives of the STRIDE Center.
The STRIDE Center is housed within Transportation Research Center (TRC) of the University of Florida (Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, Director), with local offices at the partner University campuses, namely University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Georgia Tech (GT), Mississippi State (MS), University of North Carolina (UNC), North Carolina State University (NCSU), Florida International University (FIU), and Auburn University (AU). Dr. Virginia P. Sisiopiku is the Associate Director of STRIDE on the UAB campus.
STRIDE University partners bring a wealth of expertise related to USDOT’s research priorities and will devote their energies to three major focal areas: transportation safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. The STRIDE Center interdisciplinary activities will address regional and national challenges including those related to growing urban centers, an aging population, increasing freight demands, and natural disasters.
For more information please visit http://stride.ce.ufl.edu/
The goal of the UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center (SSCRC) is to foster cross-disciplinary research, training, and outreach that integrate health, socio-economic impacts, and infrastructure design for the purpose of developing innovative solutions for sustainable smart cities and communities. Specifically, the Center brings together multidisciplinary faculty with diverse expertise (green construction materials; sustainable building and design concepts; social impacts of technology; modeling and simulation; medical sociology, health informatics, and social psychology; public health, emergency preparedness and response, and community resiliency; and government and public policy) to develop tools and methods for sustainable infrastructure design. This cross-disciplinary innovation positions the Center to be an agent of change in public policy, to impact human interaction with the environment and to shift the paradigm of urban infrastructure to one that is economically affluent, environmentally responsible, and socially equitable.
The University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) conducts transportation education, research, and technology-transfer activities throughout the state and region. The UTCA is a multi-campus Title III University Transportation Center comprising The University of Alabama (UA), University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). The UTCA headquarters are located in the Bevill Center on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa while each partner campus has a branch office operating under the direction of an Associate Director. The UTCA Associate Director for UAB is Dr. Fouad H. Fouad.
The UTCA mission contributes to the overall mission of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). Specifically, the UTCA seeks to advance technology and expertise in the multiple disciplines that comprise transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer while serving as a university-based center of excellence. The UTCA theme – Management and Safety of Transportation Systems – reflects the transportation needs of Alabama and the expertise of The University of Alabama System faculty.
For more information please visit http://utca.eng.ua.edu/