The Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation was initially established in 1962 as the Transportation Research Institute. The Kiewit Center serves as the umbrella organization for almost all research within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. The Center is a key component in the College of Engineering's drive to become a top 25 engineering program, coordinating multi- and inter-disciplinary research projects.
In addition to conducting funded and unfunded research, the Center provides a variety of outreach activities to support practicing professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon Traffic Safety, through Oregon DOT, has sponsored a traffic safety continuing education program with our Center since 1979. Dr. Robert Layton coordinates 5-7 workshops each year that serves approximately 120 practicing professional, many from local agencies. In addition, Prof. Robert Schultz offers an annual series of geomatics workshops.
The Center participates in the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) through the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), which is a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) for Federal Region X located at the University of Washington. Our participation provides opportunities to interact with other Northwest universities' transportation groups to address regional challenges. The available federal funding has also allowed the Center to serve OSU graduate and undergraduate students with over $314,000 in fellowships since 1991.
The Kiewit Center is also affiliated with the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), a national University Transportation Center (UTC) created by Congress in 2005. Part of the USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration, UTC's entice talented people to work in surface transportation and meet the 21st century challenge of moving people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably. There are 60 UTCs; OTREC is one of 10 designated a national center.
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