Michigan Technological University
Established in 1998, the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) is a multi-disciplinary organization conducting a wide range of transportation focused activities including research, education and training, outreach, product development and technology transfer. Currently, researchers from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Social Sciences, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Resources are collaborating through MTTI. MTU’s predominant role within the CFIRE consortium will be education and outreach. MTU has developed an impressive holistic curriculum for teachers and K-12 students centered on Great Lakes maritime transportation in addition to other innovative teaching methods.
MTU will focus on a number of outreach and education components intended for a wide range of audiences. The Multimodal Freight Transportation Teacher Institute and several other K-12 programs will develop a clearinghouse of lesson plans related to the freight industry. The implementation of interactive web modules will extend the reach of freight awareness in the classroom. MTU is also planning holding a family transportation night as part of their 15-year tradition of Family Night activities on campus. A how-to guide will be developed to allow other schools and research centers to easily replicate the outreach event. A main priority of MTU’s outreach involvement will be to create a significant repository of information and resources that CFIRE affiliates and other interested parties can utilize to strengthen their impacts and outreach within the greater community.