UM System to announce Transportation Innovation Center

3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Tuesday, December 17 2019 Dec 17, 2019 Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:32:00 AM CST December 17, 2019 in News
By: Jacob Lang, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The UM System is set to announce a joint effort with MoDOT on Tuesday.

The new partnership is called the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation.

The Center will partner the four UM System universities with MoDOT and other transportation stakeholders, such as the Federal Highway Administration.

The UM System and MoDOT said the vision for the center is "to establish Missouri as a showcase and a clearinghouse for safe, accessible, sustainable and resilient transportation."

Bill Buttlar is a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at MU. He will serve as the director of the new Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation.

"Transportation, we're all familiar with," Buttlar said. "But you don't realize how technical it is to make sure that the roads and bridges and airports that we enjoy are safe and fast and efficient."

Buttlar said his goal as director of the center is to work with the people through outreach and public education.

"We want to interact with the public," Buttlar said. "If they have innovative ideas about new transportation systems or modes, we want to interact with them, as well."

Buttlar talked about holding outreach activities, such as various conferences on specific topics, such as asphalt or bridges.

He said there is currently no general transportation conference for the state of Missouri.

Buttlar ran a similar one in Illinois before coming to MU.

"I have a vision that we could have an amazing, mid-continental transportation conference here, focusing on innovation," Buttlar said.

He said the people of Missouri will be able to see the benefit of the center very soon.

"If you're in a state that does a lot of transportation research, you'll notice that the whole state is a living laboratory," Buttlar said. "Eventually you'll see that things are getting safer, more efficient and more cost-effective for the state taxpayers."

Buttlar gave credit to university leadership in the development of the center, citing UM System President Mun Choi's desire for more inter-campus initiatives.

"When he heard about this possibility to have the four campuses in the UM System to work together to develop the vision for the center, he started to really support that," Buttlar said. "Once we had that high-level university support, the faculty colleagues at our three other universities outside of Mizzou came together very quickly to draw up the plans for the center."

Buttlar was excited about the high-end research topics the center will be working on, such as smart materials in roads to help in weather.

"Smart materials will allow the pavement to sense what's going on, then to report that information back to a central database," Buttlar said. "Not only will the cars have more sensors, and humans carrying smartphones, but the materials themselves are going to have an embedded intelligence."

The joint ceremony for the announcement of the Missouri Center for Transportation Innovation will be held at the MoDOT Central Laboratory in Jefferson City at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is expected to vote on a number of emergency measures to stop the spread... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 9:44:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
LAKE OZARK - People are preparing for the governor's stay-at-home order, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday. The governor's... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 6:54:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has urged the usage of cloth face masks when leaving the house. The White... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 5:56:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Many people wore face masks and gloves out to shop at Lucky's Market on Sunday afternoon. The... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 5:00:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are bracing for what the nation's top doctor warned would be "the hardest and saddest... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — Missouri will be under a “stay at home” order starting at 12 a.m. Monday. The order, signed by... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 2:12:00 PM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 11:17:30 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU 8 News... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 9:26:00 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter's... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, April 05 2020 Apr 5, 2020 Sunday, April 05, 2020 8:59:10 AM CDT April 05, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA (Missourian) - Lucky’s Market will close Tuesday and will later reopen as a Schnucks. Schnucks does not... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:07:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri is asking medical professionals who are not working to join a specialized state team that... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:00:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The state is working on mobilizing more personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 first responders. Slow... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A cluster of coronavirus cases have been found at a rehabilitation center in Kansas City, Kansas.... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:48:23 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (The Kansas City Star) — The search for the body of a Missouri woman presumed to have been... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:34:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The COVID-19 pandemic is defining for the globe what's essential and what things we really can't go without,... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 3:30:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia is acknowledging the financial hardships individuals and families may be facing during the COVID-19... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 2:56:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -Dieticians know there are challenges when buying groceries and making meals at home during a statewide "stay-at-home" order. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 11:48:00 AM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
8am 54°
9am 56°
10am 58°
11am 61°