CTS Councils provide a forum for transportation professionals and researchers to exchange information on current transportation issues and trends. They bring together University faculty and staff with practitioners from the public and private sectors to recommend direction and participate in improving the Center's research, education, and engagement programs.
Four councils support the Center's activities in transportation research, and a fifth council supports educational and engagement efforts.
Activities of the four CTS Research Councils include providing advice during research project activities, identifying and advancing emerging research needs and opportunities, participating in seminars and other mechanisms to disseminate research results, and assisting in planning the annual CTS Research Conference.
- Environment and Energy in Transportation Council (topics such as air and water quality, stormwater management, erosion control, roadside vegetation, climate change, alternative fuels)
- Transportation Planning and the Economy Council (topics such as land use, urban design, funding and finance, economic development, freight and logistics, public policy)
- Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow Council (topics include intelligent transportation systems, traffic detection, traffic control, machine vision, traveler information systems, human factors, injury prevention)
- Transportation Infrastructure Council (primarily pavement and bridge research)
Education and Engagement Council
The CTS Transportation Education and Engagement Council provides advice that helps the Center improve undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education opportunities in transportation. Members also examine how the Center can better disseminate information and provide public services that link University resources and user organizations. Activities include:
- Participate on review committees for the Matthew J. Huber and John S. Adams student awards and the Research Partnership Award
- Assist in planning the annual CTS Research Conference
Council members are appointed by the CTS director on behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, following nomination by the Council chair. If you are interested in becoming a member or friend of one or more of the councils, please contact Kaydee Kirk, CTS program coordinator, at 612-626-5854 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or return the Council interest form (PDF).