Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF)

Avinash Unnikrishnan, Portland State University



The main purpose of the Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) Program is to expose and equip engineering undergraduate students with critical thinking and research skills and tools through supervised research on topics relevant to transportation engineering and planning with a livability theme under a faculty mentor. The program enables undergraduate students to work with a faculty on a pre-approved research plan. At the end of the research program, the students will be expected to provide a concise technical report describing research findings.


The goal of TURF is to expose high school and undergraduate students to research in transportation engineering. The primary focus is to get them trained in the research process and hopefully recruit them for graduate school. Even if the students do not pursue an advanced degree, I believe the research experience will improve their technical skills and critical thinking ability. 

The students also get exposed to research software which is difficult to master in courses. For example, Mikhaela got trained in Julia optimization package. Robert, Ethan, and Thomas got trained in R and data analysis.

Project Details

Project Type:
Project Status:
In Progress
End Date:
September 30,2017
UTC Grant Cycle:
Natl Education Round 3
UTC Funding: