The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) will partner with the Penn State Sustainability Institute this weekend to host the 11th annual 21st Century Automotive Challenge. Open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29, at the MorningStar Solar Home at University Park, the challenge will showcase a variety of alternative energy vehicles, set against a backdrop of Penn State’s 100-percent renewable energy-powered home.
Larson Transportation Institute
Larson Transportation Institute
The future of automotive technologies and its impact on safety and congestion will be among several topics discussed at the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, set for Dec. 7 to 9 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The conference will welcome approximately 600 transportation experts and professionals from Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and throughout the county to collaborate and share best practices.
Jonathan Wood, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering at Penn State, was recently selected for the 2016 Dr. Thomas D. Larson Fellowship, which recognizes an individual who is enrolled in a doctoral program in transportation and who reflects Thomas D. Larson's lifelong commitment to pursuing excellence in the field. The fellowship provides funding for Wood to attend the 24th annual Eno Future Leaders Development Conference in Washington, D.C., June 5-9.
In early June, Penn State hosted representatives from Volvo Group Trucks Technology and the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) to explore an East Coast-West Coast collaboration around intelligent commercial vehicle research.
Early May 22, Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team co-leader Benjamin Sattler and controls leader Chris Monaco drove to Old Main in Penn State’s EcoCAR 2 competition vehicle to pick up Penn State President Eric Barron for a reception at the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute. For the drive from Old Main, it was Barron behind the wheel.
Penn State’s Advanced Vehicle Team, overall winners of Year Two of the North American engineering competition EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future will host President Eric Barron at a special send-off reception for the team from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle garage, adjacent to the Larson Institute’ s administrative center at 201 Transportation Research Building.
With the gift of a Subaru WRX to the College of Engineering, the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute now has the ability to see how different clean natural gases affect the performance of the car under various measurements.
Penn State's Bus Research and Test Center will be featured on the CBS News program "Sunday Morning" at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 2. The Penn State segment focuses on bus safety. CBS producer John D'Amilio and reporter Peter Greenberg visited the campus in April to film the comprehensive analysis undertaken by the facility on the performance of new bus models. As a part of the segment, the crew interviewed David Klinikowski, the center's director, and Mike Fullington, owner of Fullington Bus Company. The program examines a range of safety concerns from vehicle durability to the availability and use of passenger seat belts in motor coaches.
The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State has announced that William W. Millar will deliver the 2011 Thomas D. Larson Distinguished Transportation Lecture, titled "Why Would Anyone Invest in Public Transportation?" The lecture will be delivered at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, in Room 105 of the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus, in conjunction with the 17th annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, Dec. 7-9. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.
Most people, at some point in their lives, will take a bus trip and many use buses for their daily commutes. They take for granted that they will arrive safely at their destination. Thanks in part to Penn State's Bus Research and Testing Program, bus travel is indeed a safe and reliable method of transportation in Pennsylvania. Penn State for PA (PSU4PA) tells the stories of Pennsylvania residents whose businesses, communities and lives have been transformed by Penn State teaching, research and service.
Penn State runs dozens upon dozens of youth camps during the summer, where students get lots of experience in their area of interest. That experience took a twist -- or rather, a leap and a crash -- for those attending the Science U camp Robots, Rockets and Racecars. To see video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1GExpJXNWM and to view photos, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2299 online.
Transportation pioneer Joseph Sussman will present "Transportation in Contemporary Society: A Complex Systems Approach" at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in room 105 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Sussman's talk is the 2009 Thomas D. Larson Transportation Lecture and is being presented in conjunction with the 15th annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference being held Dec. 9-11. The event is free and open to the public.
Martin Pietrucha, professor of civil engineering, has been named the director of the Thomas D. Larson Transportation Institute (LTI). Pietrucha had been serving as the LTI interim director since July 15 and has been a member of the Penn State faculty since 1990. He previously served as director of the Science, Technology and Society Program in the College of Engineering.
A caravan of electric and renewable energy vehicles will make a pit stop at Penn State at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17, at the MorningStar solar home on the corner of Park Avenue and Porter Road. The Renew America Roadtrip, consisting of two 2009 Tesla Roadsters and a Nissan Altima hybrid chase vehicle, is crossing the country to spread the word about renewable energy and electric vehicles and to raise money for green charities.
Yorktown Heights, N.Y., native Stephen Joseph Damin, a master's degree candidate in civil engineering and student researcher at the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) at Penn State, has been selected to receive the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (MAUTC) Student of the Year Award. Damin was honored for his accomplishments at the 12th Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting, on Jan. 10 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.