University of Minnesota Duluth
 
 
myUMD | Search | People | Departments | Events | News

 UMD News Releases

Associate Director of External Affairs | Cheryl Reitan | creitan@d.umn.edu | (218) 726-8996
UMD RSS Feed

March 26, 2001
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Vince Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs 218 726-7103
James Riehl, Dean of College of Science & Engineering 218 726-6397


Major Transportation Study Center Opened at UMD
Receives $3.7 Million for Northland Transportation & Infrastructure Research


At a news conference today Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, Congressman James Oberstar and State Transportation Commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg announced the establishment of a UMD research center to study comprehensive winter transportation systems and the transportation needs of cities in small urban areas. The new facility, named the Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL), is a cooperative research and education initiative of the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies and its Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the UMD College of Science & Engineering.

NATSRL will receive $3.7 million over four years from federal transportation funds, MnDOT and the University of Minnesota. The center will study a large variety of topics including visual and electronic traffic and road sensors, inventory management of transportation infrastructure, and traffic density. NATSRL will work collaboratively with MnDOT District One, city and county engineers and the university research community to address transportation-related needs, including those that are specific to the Northland area and its climate.

Chancellor Martin said, "We are proud to announce the establishment of NATSRL on the UMD campus. The issues of transportation for the 21st century are complex and challenging and have significant political, geographic and human implications. It is indeed important work, and our gifted faculty are up to the challenge."

NATSRL will be structured into three major units with the following areas of research and study:

Advanced Sensor Research Laboratory

Transportation Data Research Laboratory Education and Outreach Programs in Transportation

NATSRL will be staffed by UMD College of Science & Engineering faculty members from the departments of Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. James Riehl, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, is NATSRL director. He will head a leadership team which includes: Stanley Burns, Professor and Head, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Donald Crouch, Professor and Head, Department Computer Science; Taek Mu Kwon, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; and David Wyrick, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Industrial Engineering. Graduate and undergraduate students from UMD will be involved in NATSRL projects. Students from Fond du Lac Tribal Community College will also work at the center through funding provided by a Careers in Transportation outreach education grant.




UMD RSS Feed   2014: [ January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December ]
Archives of Previous Years: [ 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ]




UMD External Affairs Team
To send information to Currents and to submit a listing to the Experts List or
to send major news stories for homepage features, news releases and UM Twin Cities Brief use umdnews@d.umn.edu


Gina Katzmark, Director of External Affairs, 218-726-6141, katzmark@d.umn.edu
Cheryl Reitan, Associate Director of External Affairs, 218-726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu
Betty Greene, Associate Administrator, 218-726-6140, bgreene@d.umn.edu
Brett Groehler, Director of Photography, 218-726-7115, bgroehle@d.umn.edu
Charlene Aaseng, Graphic & Multimedia Designer, 218-726-6858, caaseng@d.umn.edu
Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, Communication Associate, 218-726-7111, kmcquill@d.umn.edu
Lori Melton, Communication Associate, 218-726-8830, lmelton@d.umn.edu
Joel Youngblom, Web Development & Content Manager, 218-726-8798, jyoungbl@d.umn.edu


© 2014 University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Last modified on 02/11/13 12:09 PM
University of Minnesota Campuses
Crookston | Duluth | Morris
Rochester | Twin Cities | Other Locations