WTI’s Craig Shankwitz was part of the 10×10 MSU Innovation Road Show: From Tiny Houses to Honey Bees. Sponsored by the Office of Reasearch and Economic Development, the event provided 10 researchers the opportunitiy to present their expertise on a particular topic in 10 minutes. Shankwitz’s presentation focused on, Driverless Cars: The Evolution of the REVolution was dynamic and engaging. In case you missed it, the entire program was live streamed on Facebook and can be viewed here.
Among other things, Craig is currently working to establish CHAPTA, the Collaborative Human Automated Platooned Truck Alliance in order to address future opportunities and challenges with automated and connected commercial interstate trucking.
In its March newsletter, the Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association highlighted the release of Rob Ament’s recent task reports on using woolen products for erosion control. “Evaluation of Effectivenss and Cost-Benefits of Woolen Roadside Reclamation Products” is a research partnership among the Montana Department of Transportation, WTI, and KC Harvey Environmental, LLC. The release of the reports was also announced by the Transportation Research Board’s Daily New Service. The task reports are available on the MDT website here.
Natalie Villwock-Witte’s research on the transportation preferences of Millennials in rural areas continues to draw the interest of regional media outlets. Last week, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle picked up the story, including a feature article in its March 10 edition.
Montana State University has released its research expenditures for 2016, and WTI had the second highest expenditure level among all academic departments and research units. WTI’s research expenditures for the year totaled $6.3 million, and we were just edged out of the top spot by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemestry ($6.6 million). Research expenditures across campus totalled more than $94 million in 2016. Congratulations, everyone!
On Thursday, March 23 at 6 p.m., the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development will be hosting the “10×10 MSU Innovation Road Show” at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman. The event will feature 10 researchers from across the MSU campus, who will share their research stories in 10 minute segments. WTI Senior Research Engineer Craig Shankwitz was selected to present his research on autonomous vehicles in a talk entitled “Driverless Cars: The Evolution of the Revolution.” Don’t miss Craig’s talk, or the other interesting topics, which will range from honey bees to tiny houses to environmental history issues in Japan. A list of all speakers is included in the MSU news release.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Low Volume Roads Committee has selected the Western Transportation Institute to host the 12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads in Montana. WTI proposed the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana (Kalispell/Whitefish) as the venue for the Spring/Summer 2019 meeting, which will bring 150-300 participants and presenters to the area. The Flathead Valley provides an ideal location for conducting field tours of local low volume roads within a 30 minute drive, not to mention the proximity of Glacier National Park. Special thanks to the U.S. Forest Service (Flathead National Forest) and the Northwest Tribal Technical Assistance Program for their letters of support for the WTI application. There will be opportunities for WTI staff to assist during the event, as well as develop papers for publication and present at the conference, host booths (UTCs, Transcend, etc.), and more, so stay tuned for more information.