First-Ever Aircraft Emissions Standard Clears Major Hurdle

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U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

March 31, 2016


First-Ever Aviation Emissions Standard Bolstered by Volpe Assessment


The international aviation community is on the cusp of certifying a first-ever carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft. If the standard is adopted, carbon pollution could fall by more than 650 million metric tons between 2020 and 2040.

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2016 Federal Career Fair

Federal Career Fair for Recent Graduates 

Thursday, April 7, 2016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Learn about exciting opportunities to join the U.S. DOT team of talented professionals who solve real-world transportation problems. Managers from multiple U.S. DOT agencies will be available to discuss career opportunities and accept applications.

Recent graduates: Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about advanced technologies, research, and programs, and to apply to join our team of experts!

Learn more and register to attend. 

Cambridge Science Festival


Volpe Talks: Transportation Ideas Worth Sharing 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, Volpe team members working on emerging transportation issues will give a series of short talks, followed by a tour of Volpe's simulators.

Learn more and register to attend. 


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SBIR Selects 3 Awardees to Receive Research Funding

The U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program recently selected three businesses to receive a total of $450,000 to move forward with their transportation more

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International Workshops Bring Together Transportation Leaders Around the World

As U.S. DOT celebrates Women in Transportation this month, we look back at a workshop in South Africa attended by early-career women in transportation, and toward Volpe's upcoming work in developing nations more

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Educating the Next Generation on Intelligent Transportation

Through its Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building Program, U.S. DOT increases ITS and connected vehicle knowledge and skills for transportation professionals. Volpe staff support the program’s efforts to expand outreach to new audiences, helping broaden the ITS more

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NetPals Program Brings STEM Outreach to Cambridge 7th Graders

Through the Cambridge School Volunteer NetPals program, Volpe staff help introduce seventh-grade students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) more

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Volpe Takes First in Green Commute Challenge

For the fourth year in a row, Volpe has earned top awards for our staff’s participation in Green Streets Initiative’s Walk/Ride Day Corporate more

Jobs at Volpe

Jobs at Volpe

The following opportunities are available at Volpe for recent graduates:

  • Economist
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Community Planner
  • Computer Engineer
  • Fire Protection Engineer
  • Operations Research Analyst

In addition, there is a professional opportunity available for a Contract Specialist. 

Volpe Staff at U.S. and International Events

Volpe staff were featured at the following events in March:

  • Dr. Kristin Lewis presented results of a gap analysis and a synthesis of climate change resources to the U.S. DOT Center for Climate Change steering group in Washington, D.C., on March 14. Dr. Lewis also discussed a concept for an expert system to help transportation practitioners navigate through and find the right climate change tools for their projects.

  • Eric Boeker discussed aircraft noise modeling at the European Civil Aviation Conference, held March 9-10 in Cologne, Germany. Boeker reported on Aviation Environmental Design Tool results that will be included in two international aircraft noise modeling documents. 

  • Elizabeth Machek, Nate Deshmukh-Towery, Jeffrey Bellone, and Laura Black demonstrated wayfinding technology, which enables visually impaired pedestrians to walk a desired route indoors by following voice-activated instructions. The demonstration highlighted the current capabilities of wayfinding technology to researchers, stakeholders, and potential end users on March 3 in Washington, D.C.

  • Kevin Harnett presented information on telematics vulnerabilities at the TU-Automotive Cybersecurity USA 2016 conference in Novi, Michigan, on March 30. Volpe supports the Department of Homeland Security in an automotive cybersecurity research program to strengthen government fleet vehicles against security vulnerabilities in vehicles equipped with telematics/OBD2 dongle systems.


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 Airports – Sustainability

  Railroad Safety – Trespassing

  Technology Transfer

  Transportation Planning 

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