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A National Plan for the Future of Freight

A photo of a freight train.

November 23, 2015

By 2045, America’s population is forecast to grow by more than 20 percent. Our freight transportation system will need to keep pace with this growth and with changing trade and demand patterns. Maintaining an agile system is one of the key goals of the National Freight Strategic...

“Unconference” Debuts at Volpe Day 2015

Volpe Day promotional graphic showing an illustration of Volpe's main building.

November 22, 2015

Each year, Volpe staff come together for Volpe Day, an opportunity to learn more about each other’s work, share ideas, and get to know colleagues. This year, Volpe debuted a new format: an “unconference.”

Volpe Technical Center Director Nets Award for Exceptional Leadership in Transportation

Luisa Paiewonsky

November 21, 2015

Luisa Paiewonsky, director of Volpe’s Center for Infrastructure Systems and Technology, received the Leadership in Infrastructure Revitalization Award from Boston-based The Engineering Center Education Trust.

NASA’s Vision for Transformative Aeronautics

 An future aircraft design concept from NASA research partner Lockheed Martin. (NASA photo)

November 20, 2015

NASA Director of Airspace Operations and Safety John Cavolowsky discusses coming changes in aeronautics, unmanned aerial systems, and how to find inspiration beyond aviation.

Steven Lang Retires, Volpe Begins National Search for Successor

Steven Lang presents Volpe’s work on FAA’s NextGen program and unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Air Force.

October 28, 2015

Steven Lang, director of Air Traffic Systems and Operations, will retire from Volpe on October 31. Lang joined Volpe in 2011 and has a career spanning nearly 40 years in air traffic control and air traffic management.

User and Machine: Secrets to a Harmonious Marriage

A man wearing a suit standing below a large set of metal gears.

October 27, 2015

For more than a century, Americans have had a special relationship with their cars. But with great leaps in automobile automation that could remove driver control, that relationship is suffering existential growing pains, according to Donald Fisher, principal technical advisor at...

Volpe Says Goodbye to Robert Johns and Begins National Search for New Director

Robert Johns.

October 26, 2015

Volpe Director Robert Johns will leave Volpe at the end of December to return to his home state of Minnesota. “We’re looking for the next great leader to carry the torch at Volpe,” said U.S. DOT Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Gregory Winfree.

Laying the Groundwork for Smart, Connected Cities

A concept image representing various "connected" pieces of technology.

October 21, 2015

In the future, tens of thousands of everyday objects—including cell phones, light poles, cars, and even pavement markers—will serve as data receivers, transmitters, and processors. Volpe project manager Matt Burt explains how this infrastructure can transform the future of our...

A Forward View of NextGen, America’s Biggest Infrastructure Project

FAA’s Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton presents at Volpe.

October 19, 2015

FAA Assistant Administrator for NextGen Edward Bolton discusses how programs of today will help modernize our nation’s controlled airspace for the future. Bolton spoke as part of Volpe's new speaker series Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation.

U.S. DOT SBIR 16.1 Solicitation Now Open

This is an image of the U.S. DOT SBIR logo.

October 14, 2015

Small businesses are invited to submit research proposals through December 16, 2015, for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research program solicitation.


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