TREC’s broad research program addresses complex transportation problems by drawing on multiple disciplines, including engineering, planning, economics and design, from across the Portland State University campus. Browse the featured projects below or use the search box at right to search for a specific project. NOTE: If you're looking for projects from our partner campuses, use the NITC research search.

Research Highlights

Development, Deployment, and Assessment of a New Educational Paradigm for Transportation Professionals and University Students

Ashley Haire
This project is a part of the Region X Consortium’s plan to deliver a new educational program to a target audience of university students and transportation professionals in the Pacific Northwest in order to address pipeline, training, and retention issues in the transportation industry. The program is based on a new paradigm for educational content delivery—an active, problem-based learning environment conducted at a distance. Supported by educational research and the expertise of the facult... Read More

Evaluation of the Effect of Supportive Services on the Success of Apprentices in a Highway Trade

Maura Kelly
This project evaluates the impact of a Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) initiative that provides supportive services (i.e. child care subsidies, fuel assistance, support for overnight travel, clothing and protective equipment) to promote retention of apprentices in the highway trades. This research project specifically focuses on the Knife River apprentice program, a single employer apprentice program that trains apprentices for highway work. This will be a useful case study because the ap... Read More