Volpe News: Federal Highway Innovation, Wake Turbulence, and Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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Federal Highway Administrator Visits Volpe, Discusses Innovation

Victor M. Mendez, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway (FHWA) administrator, recently spent a day at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, to learn about Volpe's FHWA work portfolio and talk to staff about innovation...more

Wake Turbulence

Wake Turbulence Research: An Esoteric Field of Study that Pays Big Dividends

Wake turbulence, the movement of air created by an aircraft in motion, may be an esoteric field of study, but the body of knowledge from this field of research has enabled the Federal Aviation Administration to make operational changes in the National Airspace System, allowing for smaller minimum aircraft separation distances in some situations and increased rates of takeoffs and landings on runways...more

DOT's Connected Vehicle program enables cars to talk to each other.

Volpe-Developed Algorithms Help in Mining Large Driver Datasets

Researchers who conduct naturalistic driving studies to understand driver performance face the proverbial needle-in-the-haystack problem. Cars outfitted with sensors and video cameras record driver behavior and road and traffic conditions, providing massive amounts of naturalistic data. To shed light on driver safety, researchers must comb through huge datasets to locate the safety-critical events...more

New York City during Hurricane Sandy.

Volpe Supports Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts, Helps Overcome Transportation Challenges

During Hurricane Sandy, Volpe community planner Terry Sheehan assisted in disaster relief efforts. Sheehan, a part of Volpe's Center for Transportation Logistics and Security, was responsible for coordinating the transportation of life-saving and life-sustaining supplies, such as food, water, blankets, and generators, to affected areas, coordinating the movement of utility crews from other states to affected areas, and assisting in organizing housing for responders who were sent on-site...more

Eli Machek

Partnerships with Japan, EU Accelerate ITS Development

International cooperation between the United States, Japan, and the European Union is helping accelerate the research and development of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) standards and technologies by fostering collaboration between professionals on three continents. Volpe transportation planner Elizabeth (Eli) Machek recently traveled to Japan as part of the cooperative efforts of the U.S.-Japan ITS Task Force...more

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Upcoming Event

Thursday, December 6: Dr. David Y. Jeong, senior mechanical engineer in the Center for Infrastructure Systems and Engineering at Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, will present "Cracked Up—Broken Rails are Serious Business" on Thursday, December 6, during our next Transportation Trajectories conversation.

David Jeong