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On Campus
by Tyrone Taborn
publisher@ccgmag.com
HBCUs MAKE STRIDES IN TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGY
TWO HBCUs CO-LEAD NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION HBCU AIMS TO FIND WHY THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF
SECURITY CENTERS SHAKING GOING ON
The 2009 stimulus package allocates at least $43 billion Washington, DC residents have complained that trucks,
for improving the nation’s infrastructure — transit, highways, buses, and heavy commercial vehicles which rumble past their
and airports — and historically black colleges and universi- homes produce vibrations that shake and crack residential
ties have innovative ideas and the capacity to assist. Eighteen structures. In response, the District of Columbia Department
million dollars has been earmarked to go annually to seven of Transportation asked the Howard University Transportation
universities hosting National Transportation Security Centers Research Center to investigate traffic vibration and to develop
of Excellence. The institutions include historically black Texas measures for its control. Vibration is a complex phenomenon
Southern University (TSU) and Tougaloo College in Mississip- that involves the interaction of vehicles and pavement systems.
pi, along with majority school University of Connecticut. TSU, The composition of the soil below pavements and houses
Tougaloo, and UConn have been chosen to co-lead the project also serves as a medium for vibration into adjacent property.
to provide educational and research services to improve Howard’s Transportation Research Center has completed the
national transportation security. TSU, which has an excellent first phase of conducting site visits, assessing geological data,
petro-chemical transportation center, will develop a research, and developing an experimental plan. In phase two, HUTRC
education, and training program related to the railroads and will implement the experimental plan it developed based on
roadways used to transport petrochemicals. The other new its research, and finally, after receiving District Transportation
national centers of excellence will study border security and recommendations the school will get involved in the design,
immigration; explosives detection, mitigation, and response; implementation and evaluation of solutions to the vibration
maritime, island, and port security; and natural disasters, problem.
coastal infrastructure, and emergency management.
NCA&T GETS $50,000 SIEMENS ENERGY ENGINEER-
MORGAN STATE WORKS TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY AND ING GRANT
ROAD SURFACES
The grant to the College of Engineering at the Greensboro,
The Maryland Department of Transportation has tapped North Carolina-based school will help foster various programs
Morgan State University to identify procedures, materials, and associated with architectural engineering and building energy
application rates to optimize the performance of line strip- management, and fund three $5,000 scholarships for incom-
ing throughout the state highway system. The research will ing engineering freshmen. Siemens wants to provide students
measure the degradation of striping materials, including the with opportunities that will lead to energy-related careers,
standard for retro-reflectivity of materials, color pigment, and including environmental and energy engineering as well as 21st
durability, as well as measure the life-cycle of a particular line- Century green technology jobs. The grant also assists a high
striping material based on roadway characteristics and other school energy program, A&T recruitment, lab upgrades, a sum-
functional classifications. This study also measures the cost mer camp, and other energy-related programs. “With a little
associated with performing field evaluations and data collec- financial stimulus from the private sector, NCA&T will be able
tion internally. to enhance and sustain its efforts to forward a progressive and
practical academic agenda,” says Building Education Program
director Charley Cohen. “Energy engineering is a cross-func-
tional discipline that students will find extremely rewarding as
they progress. Faculty will also find it equally rewarding with
course work that can be applied to every building on campus.”
NCA&T is classified as a Carnegie Research University and rec-
ognized as a top producer of African American engineers and
technologists. Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. provides
energy and environmental solutions, building controls, fire
safety and security systems solutions, and supports STEM ini-
tiatives and green curricula development nationwide. For more
information on Siemens Building Technologies, visit: www.usa.
siemens.com/buildingtechnologies.
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