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Washington State University National Center for Transportation Infrastructure Durability & Life-Extension (TriDurLE)

CEE Awards

Zhipeng Li has received the 2021 Outstanding Research Assistant Award within Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University. Congratulations Zhipeng

Ph.D. Candidate Mehdi Honarvarnazari has received the 2021 Best Dissertation Award from both the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and the Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture at Washington State University. Congratulations Mehdi!

Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Travel Grant Application


Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Travel Grant Application

  • You must be employed at one of these universities to qualify for this grant.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 195 MB.
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    Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Diversity Award


    Waheed Uddin Faculty/Staff Diversity Travel Grants 

     

    In memory of Mississippi TriDurLE Site Director Waheed Uddin who passed away from COVID in 2020, TriDurLE will provide funding up to $1500 per award each year to four TriDurLE consortium university faculty or staff (postdoctoral researcher, engineer, coordinator, etc) who have participated in presentations/activities to enhance diversity. Grants are awarded post-travel (or virtual presentation) and receipts are required for reimbursement. Applicants will be required to explain how this travel helps the recruitment or retention of diverse students or professionals to the transportation infrastructure field and provide the number of people in attendance at the event.

    Applications are open

    • These funding opportunities are available for faculty or staff from TriDurLE consortium universities only
    • All reimbursements will be allocated by TriDurLE and all faculty or staff who apply are not guaranteed funding
    • These grants are for reimbursement for registration and travel associated with academic or professional work related to promoting diversity, recruitment, and retention of students.
    • These are post-travel grants processed as reimbursements after you return from your trip (or virtual activity).

    TRAVEL/CONFERENCE TYPES

    • Conference presentations
    • Workshops
    • Professional/Career development

    ELIGIBILITY

    • All TriDurLE consortium university faculty or staff are eligible to apply for a TriDurLE travel grant.
    • Each faculty or staff can submit more than one application per travel period or academic year until the applicant reaches the maximum funding cap per travel period or academic year.
    • Faculty or staff are permitted to apply for more than one grant in the same cycle if they attended two events (conferences, workshops, etc.). They may be awarded partially based on available funding per travel period.

    ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

    Applicants must submit all original receipts (registration costs, travel receipts, etc.) and relevant information regarding travel; however for 2020-21 exceptions are allowed for this rule in the application process.

    • Registration fees
    • Transportation including airfare, shuttle costs, ground transportation, rental car, or personal cars per mileage
    • Airport parking
    • Lodging

    INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

    • Any expenses for travel companions will not be reimbursed by TriDurLE
    • Meal costs will not be reimbursed

    APPLICATION CRITERIA

    The amount awarded is based on:

    • The quality and completeness of the application
    • The benefits of the activity to the recruitment and/or retention of diverse students
    • The quality of resume or personal profile

    Application Materials

    Application is considered complete if the submitted application form includes the following fields

    • Attachment of travel receipts (exceptions are allowed for this for 2020-21 in the application process)
    • Strength of the event’s and/or presentation’s focus on diversity, recruitment, and retention

    TIPS FOR APPLYING

    • When traveling, keep all original receipts and relevant information regarding your travel for reimbursement (This rule is applicable for 2021-22. If receipts are not available for 2020-21, exceptions are allowed)
    • Faculty or staff may submit as many applications per application period as they wish.
    • Pay attention to the funding cap of $1500 when completing more than one application.

    APPLICATION FORM

    Student Travel Grants


    Waheed Uddin Student Diversity Travel Grants for 2021-22

    In memory of Dr. Waheed Uddin, Mississippi TriDurLE site director who passed away in 2020 from COVID, TriDurLE will provide funding up to $750 per award, eight awards per year to undergraduate, graduate or professional students to enhance professional and/or academic goals and benefit diversity through attending in-person or virtual/ online activities and events. Students will be selected based on the quality and completion of the application and resume and how the travel helped to benefit or enhance diversity. Students may apply for funding approval prior to travel, or submit receipts for post-travel reimbursement.

    Applications for Travel June 16, 2021 through June 15, 2022

    • These funding opportunities are available for undergraduate, graduate and professional students from TriDurLE consortium universities only who are members of a minority group (stated in the application) or who have attended a conference/workshop that benefits diversity.
    • All reimbursements will be allocated by TriDurLE and all students who apply are not guaranteed funding
    • These travel grants are for reimbursement for registration and travel associated with academic or professional work that benefits diversity, but students can apply for pre-approved funding for travel.
    • Grants can be disbursed to eligible student applicants post-travel, or students can apply for pre-travel authorization for funding

    Travel/Conference Types

    • Conference presentations
    • Workshops
    • Professional/Career development

    Eligibility

    • All TriDurLE consortium university fee-paying undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the time of application are eligible to apply for a TriDurLE travel grant. Students must be a member of a minority group OR attended a conference that benefits diversity.
    • Each student can submit more than one application per travel period or academic year until the applicant reaches the maximum funding cap per travel period or academic year.
    • Students are permitted to apply for more than one grant in the same cycle if they attended two events (conferences, workshops, etc.). They may be awarded partially based on available funding per travel period.

    Eligible Expenses

    Applicants must provide all original receipts (registration costs, travel receipts, etc.) and relevant information regarding travel for post-travel reimbursement

    • Registration fees
    • Transportation including airfare, shuttle costs, ground transportation, rental car, or personal cars per mileage
    • Airport parking
    • Lodging

    Ineligible Expenses

    • Any expenses for travel companions will not be reimbursed by TriDurLE
    • Meal costs will not be reimbursed

    Application Criteria

    The amount awarded is based on:

    • The quality and completeness of the application
    • The diversity benefits of the activity
    • Resume

    Application Materials for Post-travel Reimbursement

    An application is considered complete if the submitted application form includes:

    • Stated benefits of the travel for academic/professional development
    • Advisor’s confirmation for pre-travel authorization
    • Consortium university site director’s confirmation of applicant eligibility
    • Attachment of travel receipts.
    • Resume

    Tips for applying

    • When traveling, keep all original receipts and relevant information regarding your travel (This rule is applicable for 2021-22 travel)
    • You will need to scan and upload your receipts in one or two documents to attach to the application; however if you no longer have receipts for travel in 2020-21, TriDurLE allows for an exception of this rule in the application process.
    • Students may submit as many applications per application period as they wish.
    • Pay attention to the funding cap of $750 when completing more than one application.

    Application for Pre-travel Approval

    Application Form for Post-travel Reimbursement

    Webinar on Bridge Engineering: Insights into a Career as a Bridge Engineer

    In celebration of Women’s History Month! Join Dr. Carmen Swanwick, a bridge engineer at the Utah Department of Transportation, as she discusses her insights into a career as a bridge engineer.
    Dr. Carmen Swanwick

    Carmen Swanwick, P.E., S.E
    Deputy Project Development Director/Director of Construction
    Utah Department of Transportation
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
    Email: cswanwick@utah.gov

    Carmen Swanwick is the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Deputy Project Development Director and Director of Construction.  Carmen served as the Department’s Chief Structural Engineer for almost ten years and has over 15 years of experience as a consultant in structural engineering within the transportation industry.  She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Utah in Civil/Structural Engineering.   Carmen is the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures Chair and for the last six years served as the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures (COBS) T-4 Committee on Construction Chair.  Carmen participates in numerous National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) projects and Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees.  Carmen has been involved in several Department initiatives through the years including the Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) program, development of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program and recently the Digital Delivery effort with an emphasis on Building Information Modeling (BIM) for bridges and structures.

    “Development and Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Technology for Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance” By Dr. XB Hu

    View a Recording of This Webinar

    Development and Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Technology for Transportation Infrastructure Maintenance

    Mobile and slow-moving operations, such as striping, sweeping, bridge flushing, and pothole patching, are critical for efficient and safe operation of a highway transportation system. However, reducing hazards for roadway workers and achieving a safer environment for both roadway maintenance operators and the public have been a challenging problem. In 2017 alone, a total of 158,000 total crashes occurred in our nation’s work zones, accounting for 61,000 injuries. The Autonomous Truck Mounted Attenuator (ATMA) vehicle, sometimes referred to as an Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV), offers a promising solution to eliminate injuries to Department of Transportation (DOT) employees.

    In this webinar, we will present how to use Autonomous Vehicle technology for work zone maintenance, for the purpose of protecting DOT maintenance workers from potential crashes. We will also present the evaluation methodology for the ATMA system, as well as the field-testing outcomes in Sedalia, MO. We hope this webinar will be helpful for transportation agencies that are interested in deploying similar technologies, or for academic researchers to assess characteristics of autonomous vehicles and to apply knowledge gained in transportation modeling and simulation practices.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. XB Hu is currently an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona in 2013 and was a founding team member and the Director of R&D at Metropia Inc. at Tucson AZ. His research focuses on smart transportation systems, transportation big data analytics, and traffic flow and system modeling. He is supporting Missouri DOT, Colorado DOT, and a pool-fund with 12 state DOT members to test and deploy autonomous maintenance technology in the United States.