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A one-day meeting showcasing engineering graduate student research on transportation-related issues was hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MAITE) and UMass Lowell on Feb. 20 at Wannalancit Mills.
About 80 students and faculty from UMass Lowell, UMass Amherst, Northeastern University, MIT, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the University of Connecticut, along with more than a dozen state and industry sponsors and representatives, were on hand at the fifth annual Student Research Symposium.
“MAITE’s goal has been bringing and encouraging both the transportation students, faculty and industry professionals to have a forum to get to know one another and work together to solve transportation issues,” says Steven Findlen ’94, the organization’s treasurer.
The symposium featured more than 30 oral and poster presentations, as well as vendor displays and career fairs by company sponsors. The research topics ranged from comparative analysis of crash profiles of four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive vehicles to asphalt mixing technology in recycling pavement.
Delivering the keynote address was Sen. Steven A. Baddour, chairman of the state’s Transportation Committee. In his speech, Baddour talked about Gov. Deval Patrick’s plans to reform the Commonwealth’s transportation system and raise revenues to pay for it. He also discussed efforts to consolidate the various state transportation agencies into a single unit to streamline operations and make it more efficient.
“The symposium was a great success,” says Engineering Dean John Ting. “We’re very pleased to host this important and timely event. It’s the first time the symposium was held on our campus and outside the I-495 corridor. It’s usually held in the Boston area. But some key people in MAITE ߞ; Steven Findlen, Daniel Nelson and Neil Boudreau, who are all UMass Lowell alumni in Civil Engineering ߞ; thought that this would be a good opportunity to highlight the University and broaden the reach of the symposium to all of New England.”
The photo above shows, from left, Provost Ahmed Abdelal; Michelle Langone of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates; Braintree Town Engineer Robert Campbell; Neil Boudreau ’92, ’95 of the Massachusetts Highway Department; Sen. Steven Baddour; Steven Findlen ’94 of McMahon Associates; Daniel Nelson ’02 of Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates; and Dean John Ting.