Education

GKM Vsit to CFIRE

GKM Incorporated recently visited the UW–Madison campus to talk to students about how its platform supports the goals associated with Smart City initiatives, the current topic for CFIRE’s Transportation Management and Policy Program’s colloquium.

An innovative approach that transforms a negative into a positive for Wisconsin manufacturers and producers substantiates findings in research completed by the Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Simply put, geography is an issue for Wisconsin shippers wishing to utilize intermodal rail—rail combined with other transportation modes such as trucking—as part of its supply chain. Chicago’s proximity results in Wisconsin shippers being held captive to the realities of the region’s freight system. As the busiest transcontinental rail gateway in the country with over 1,200 commuter, intercity passenger, and freight trains a day, Chicago is the heart of the continental freight rail system and exerts a gravitational mass that essentially creates a funnel for Wisconsin freight that wants to travel by rail. However, because of the regions’ congested rail system, getting freight through the Chicago gateway can take anywhere from hours to days, creating service and reliability issues for Wisconsin shippers. [click to continue…]

A tool with real-world applications for city planners as well as a robust survey of drone technologies were the highlights of the Spring 2016 end-of-semester symposium of the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program. The students presented their work on May 6th to a gathering of interested staff, faculty, other students, and a representative of the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board.

Tool for city planners

TMP students created a tool for city planners
that scores metropolitan districts based on transportation and health factors.

Eli Miller, a student in the TMP Colloquium and project assistant for CFIRE kicked off the symposium with a summary of key takeaways from the semester’s colloquium. The class studied drone technologies—more appropriately called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs. The students learned about the broad range of technologies that fall under this categorization. These include everything from the small, familiar-looking, hovering craft with four helicopter-like propellers that drone hobbyists have popularized to the 32,000 lb., airplane-shaped Global Hawk used by the U.S. military.

These technologies already fill many roles and are expanding their reach. Beyond entertaining hobbyists, UAVs serve roles where cost, safety, time, and task desirability are a factor. With these technologies, human labor costs are reduced, tasks that would be unsafe for people can be done remotely, certain tasks can be done more quickly, and undesirable jobs can be done without people.

The second presentation by Kirsten Brose, Daniel Handel, James Markosian, Eli Miller, and Chelsea Morrison outlined methods and results from their project to modify a national tool, making it more applicable for City Planners in Madison, Wisconsin. The students took on this real-world challenge for the Madison Sustainability Committee as part of their work in the TMP Practicum. [click to continue…]

Spring 2015 TMP Reception

May 12, 2015

On Friday, May 8, 2015 the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) colloquium and practicum students presented the results of their group projects to interested staff and faculty, as well as other students and representatives from Madison Metro. About the TMP Colloquium Students in the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program take two one-credit colloquium modules […]

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Spring 2015 CFIRE Rail Short Course Scholarships

February 20, 2015

The National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) has teamed up with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development to offer scholarships for rail-related short courses. In the Spring 0f 2015, there are two courses eligible for CFIRE scholarships. Fundamentals of Traction Power Systems and Overhead Contact Systems (April 28-29, 2015 […]

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Spring 2015 Transportation Teacher Workshops

February 18, 2015

This exciting series of three workshops will focus on different modes of transportation, how to integrate into core curriculum, and enhance students’ awareness of career opportunities in transportation. All are 6-hour workshops on Saturdays and include field trips to cool places!  March 21, 2015: Urban Transportation. Tom Bruff, Transportation Planning Engineer, SE Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). A look […]

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Spring 2015 TLGC Program

February 4, 2015

The Transportation Leadership Graduate Certificate (TLGC) program is offering a variety of transportation graduate-level course online for transportation professionals during the spring 2015 semester. This is the fourth year that TLGC has offered courses taught by graduate-level faculty who teach and conduct research at top accredited US universities. Courses offered for the spring 2015 semester […]

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2014 Student of the Year

February 3, 2015

Andre Anderson has been named the 2014 CFIRE Student of the Year in Transportation. Mr. Anderson is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Superior pursuing a quadruple major in Economics, International Business, Chinese Studies, and Transportation Logistics and Management. He is also the president of the UW-Superior Stimulus (Economics) Club and active in the Transportation and […]

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