CTS Research Partnership Award


The benefits of effective research far surpass the corresponding investment and implementation. To develop, conduct, and implement research effectively, advanced skills and in-depth knowledge are required. The necessary knowledge and skills are not found in one individual, in one discipline, or even in one sector of our society. Rather, the most effective research comes about through partnerships and teamwork.

This award recognizes research projects within the CTS program that have resulted in significant impacts on transportation, and rewards teams of individuals who have drawn on the strengths of their diverse partnerships to achieve those results.


To be considered for this award, a group of individuals must have worked together on one or more research projects and implementation efforts that have the following qualities:

  • a research component led by University of Minnesota faculty or research staff
  • involvement of University of Minnesota students
  • significant findings
  • measured benefits as a result of implementing the research findings or adding to the bank of existing knowledge
  • documented costs in research and implementation

In addition, the nominated group of individuals must have:

  • represented multiple sectors (i.e., public, academic, private) of our society
  • acquired diverse skills and knowledge
  • demonstrated the synergistic effect of the partnership


Living Snow Fences

Living snow fences improve driver visibility and road surface conditions and may lower the costs of road maintenance as well as the number of crashes attributed to blowing and drifting snow. This award recognizes three interconnected and progressive projects studying the applications of living snow fences in Minnesota:

  • Web-Based Preventative Blowing and Drifting Snow Control Calculator Decision Tool
  • Economic and Environmental Costs and Benefits of Living Snow Fences
  • Assessing the Use of Shrub-Willows for Living Snow Fences in Minnesota 

Project Partners: 

  • University of Minnesota: Gary Wyatt, Diomy Zamora, Dean Current, Gregg Johnson, Don Kilberg, Joe Knight, Arlene Mathison, Eric Ogdahl, Dinesh Paudel, Sierra Schroder, David Smith, Steve Taff
  • MnDOT: Farideh Amiri, Michael Elle, Brad Estochen, Wendy Garr, Dan Gullickson, Rocky Haider, Bruce Holdhusen, Joe Huneke, Cassandra Isackson, Jakin Koll, Gordy Regenscheid, James Rosenow, Dan Warzala, John Wilson, Tom Zimmerman
  • USDA: Gregory Anderson, Ginger Kopp
  • Minnesota DNR: Carmelita Nelson

More about the living snow fence research:

Past Winners

View a list of research projects that have previously received the Research Partnership Award.