WTI cruises through the May Commuter Challenge

Another Montana Commuter Challenge is in the books, and WTI made a solid showing in this year’s standings. Logging 781 miles over 98 trips, we just barely missed the top ten, falling in line behind Bangtail Bikes with 101 trips. Together we saved 765.38 lbs of CO2 emissions and burned 38,269 calories. That’s approximately 163 tacos, for something easier to wrap your head around. 😊

Sixty teams participated in the Bozeman Commuter Challenge this year, making up a significant portion of the 171 teams statewide. We’re looking forward to an even bigger crowd next year as we work with businesses and employers around Bozeman to encourage active transportation and sustainable commutes!

WTI Director appointed to National Advisory Committee

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has re-appointed WTI Director Steve Albert to the USDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee for a two-year term. The committee serves as a national forum on ITS advancements, and the members provide guidance and recommendations on ITS research to the USDOT. Members include prominent transportation leaders from both the public and private sector; Steve was specifically selected to represent rural interests.  An original member, Steve has served on the committee continuously since its inception in 2007.

WTI Welcomes Craig Shankwitz

Please welcome Craig Shankwitz to WTI! Craig will be leading the MSU campuswide initiative to develop Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in a rural setting. Most recently, Shankwitz served as a principal R&D engineer at MTS Systems Corporation, and is also the former director of the University of Minnesota Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory. He presently serves as the vice-chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers Truck and Bus Active Safety Systems committee.
Portrait of WTI Researcher Craig Shankwitz
Craig was an opening speaker and session leader at our workshop in April that focused on research opportunities in the field of autonomous and connected vehicles. Nearly 50 MSU faculty, state and local transportation officials, and private sector representatives met to share ideas on how to match the technical strengths of MSU to current and emerging research opportunities.

If you haven’t said hello yet, stop by his office (#339). His email address is: Craig.shankwitz@montana.edu

Marcel Huijser continues his road ecology outreach activities in Brazil.

Marcel recently gave a seminar at DERSA (Sao Paulo state road administration agency). The seminar was reported on in the September 2014 issue of O EMPREITEIRO, a widely circulated Brazilian engineering magazine. If you are feeling confident in your Portuguese, see the full article at: http://www.oempreiteiro.com.br/Publicacoes/15240/o_fator_animal.aspx
Prefer to read in English? Check out Marcel’s latest blog entry, which provides an update on the course he is teaching at the University of Sao Paulo, and all the students with whom he has been working: http://www.marcelhuijserphotography.com/blog/2014/10/road-ecology-blog-group-picture-at-the-end-of-the-course-esalq-brazil

CSIL & WTI staff host a field site visit at Transcend

Researchers from the Corrosion and Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory (CSIL), WTI, hosted a field site visit at Transcend, in conjunction with a project meeting, for the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association (PNS) members. There is currently a project underway that is being conducted by WTI researchers for the PNS members which focuses on the longevity of stored deicers, including winter field testing at Transcend. Members of this pooled fund effort toured the research facility; including the deicer storage facilities, the snow making system, and the field site where winter testing is scheduled to begin in early 2010.