OTREC hosted the fall 2006 meeting of the Northwest Universities Transportation Consortium (Region X) on the Portland State University campus. Region X meetings include representatives from UTCs and state transportation departments in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Participants discuss regional collaboration for transportation research and education efforts. FHWA Oregon Administrator David Cox gave the welcoming remarks, and the agenda included reports from UTC and State DOT directors, and a discussion of a student awards and conference. Breakout sessions for collaborative working groups included topics of simulation, freight, infrastructure and environment; faculty from several universities participated with UTC and DOT staff. Agenda and Participants
Jenny Kincaid joined OTREC in October 2006 after nine years as the Executive Assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at PSU. Ms. Kincaid had various budgetary, personnel, outreach and communication responsibilities in CEE. As OTRECís Communication and Education Coordinator, Jenny is coordinating and developing all communication, publications and outreach materials, including newsletters, brochures and annual reports. She is coordinating OTREC outreach and technology transfer programs, managing the web site, and collecting performance data for RITA. Jenny is originally from Illinois, and has a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago.
Prof. Robert L. Bertini attended the 2006 Summer CUTC Meeting in Big Sky, Montana, June 21-23. The meeting was hosted by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University-Bozeman. The meeting offered new UTC directors and other personnel the opportunity to learn more about the UTC program, and to participate in CUTC planning and discuss major functional components of the UTC/CUTC program.
Prof. Robert Bertini attended the University Transportation Center Plenary Session in Washington, D.C. in April 2006. This two-day plenary session provided general information about where current and prospective UTC Program participants could receive information and engaged participants in general discussion about the broad research, development and technology goals of USDOT. Participants also learned about UTC Program goals and requirements under SAFETEA-LU, and heard about UTC grant preparation, approval, administration, oversight and best practices.
On August 10, 2005 the President signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). SAFETEA-LU authorizes the Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for 2005-2009. Within SAFETEA-LU, University Transportation Centers are authorized, and through this legislation a National University Transportation Center was created at Portland State University (PSU). Later named the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), the Center is a partnership between PSU, the University of Oregon (UO), Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). OTREC was granted $16 million over five years and will focus funding on activities that support its theme of advanced technologies, integration of land use and transportation and healthy communities. OTREC is dedicated to stimulating and conducting collaborative multi-disciplinary research on multi-modal surface transportation issues, educating a diverse array of current practitioners and future leaders in the transportation field and encouraging implementation of research results.
Portland State University hosted a celebration with Congressman Peter DeFazio on August 3, 2005 to mark a $16M investment in transportation programs in Oregon. Congressman DeFazio led the Oregon delegation in securing funding for PSU’s University Transportation Center in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The legislation represents the largest surface transportation investment in the Nationís history. The Center at PSU will be a partnership between PSU, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology. The celebration included remarks by the Congressman and Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine.