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UMTRI Leads Effort to Establish University Transportation Center

September 28, 2006

UMTRI is leading a $6 million University of Michigan grant to establish a U.S. DOT Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC). The Center will conduct research, provide education, and disseminate research results under the theme "safety and mobility across the lifespan." David W. Eby will serve as UTC director and Peter Sweatman will chair an advisory board.

UMTRI is leading a $6 million University of Michigan grant to establish a U.S. DOT Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC). Under the theme モsafety and mobility across the lifespan,ヤ the U-M UTC will conduct research, provide education (including developing a certificate program in transportation safety and mobility), and disseminate research results. The Center will support a vigorous research program encompassing basic and applied projects to improve safety and mobility for young people and older adults, with a strong emphasis on advanced research. Expected accomplishments over the three-year grant period include providing matching support for 15 or more research projects that attract an equal number of students into the transportation field.

David W. Eby, head of UMTRI's Social and Behavioral Analysis Division, will serve as UTC director. UMTRI director Peter Sweatman will chair a UTC advisory board of executive stakeholders from the auto industry, other businesses, government agencies, and community groups. A core group of U-M faculty will teach courses and collaborate on research, and UMTRI staff members will administer the grant. An executive committee, comprised of U-M faculty, will provide guidance on UTC activities.

The project is funded through the Office of Innovation, Research, and Education, a division of the Research and Special Programs Administration (RITA) of the U.S. DOT. For more information on the UTC program, see http://utc.dot.gov.