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NOVA Documentary on Rail Safety Features Volpe’s David Tyrell

David Tyrell explains crash energy management using a small model.

February 27, 2017

The new NOVA documentary Why Trains Crash features Volpe’s David Tyrell, a principal technical advisor for train crashworthiness and safety. The documentary, which aired February 22 on PBS, explores recent rail tragedies and technological advances that can help prevent train crashes.

Introducing Volpe’s New Deputy Director for Research and Technology, Stephen Popkin

Steve Popkin seated in his office, in front of a book shelf.

February 24, 2017

Stephen Popkin, PhD, is Volpe’s new deputy director for Research and Technology. In this role, Popkin will lead and manage Volpe’s suite of multimodal transportation research programs and will work with Director Anne Aylward on Volpe’s strategic vision.

Volpe Spreads the Love with Care Kits for the Homeless

Two men sit at a table assembling kits that include toiletries, water, snacks, socks, and handmade scarves.

February 23, 2017

The Volpe community helped spread the love this past Valentine’s Day by putting together care kits full of toiletries, water, snacks, socks, and handmade scarves for the homeless. Volpe employees created 100 personal care kits to donate to the Pine Street Inn and Rosie’s Place.

“Our Shared Transportation Future” with General Darren W. McDew

General Darren W. McDew in the cockpit of an airplane.

February 22, 2017

General McDew commands USTRANSCOM, which delivers global defense logistics anyplace, anytime, and for however long is needed. He recently came to Volpe to discuss the nation’s most pressing military and civilian transportation challenges, and the new thinking required for new solutions.

Laying the Foundation for Vehicle-to-Pedestrian Communications

Image of man and a bus with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) wireless communication.

February 20, 2017

When a car hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian takes the full brunt of the severe and sometimes fatal injuries. Vehicle-to-pedestrian communications can help avoid impacts or reduce the consequences when light vehicles collide with pedestrians.

Coordinating Emergency Transportation Response to Hurricane Matthew

A flooded roadway.

February 16, 2017

When disasters hit, U.S.DOT deploys a team of emergency representatives to coordinate large-scale transportation responsibilities that come with massive emergency response efforts. One of these reps is Volpe’s Terry Sheehan.

Meet Gregory Joyner, Our Newest Technical Center Director

Greg Joyner

January 31, 2017

Volpe is pleased to announce that Greg Joyner has joined us as director of Air Traffic Systems and Operations. Joyner comes to Volpe from the FAA and brings more than four decades’ experience in executive leadership, program management, and multidisciplinary engineering research and development.

Volpe Property Redevelopment Agreement Signed with MIT

Volpe Center exterior.

January 30, 2017

The U.S. General Services Administration has signed a $750 million exchange agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), paving the way for the redevelopment of Volpe’s 14 acres of federally owned land in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

New Patent Shows Potential for Eye-Tracking Technology in Transportation Safety

A printed aeronautical map with a figure of a plane on top of it.

January 30, 2017

How focused are you while driving? Do you juggle multiple distractions while trying to keep your eyes on the road? Volpe’s chief of Aviation Human Factors, Maura Lohrenz, helped develop a patent that analyzes eye movements to determine where and how we focus our attention to visual stimuli, with potential impacts on transportation safety.

Exploring the Landscape for Hyperloop Travel

Image of a hyperloop concept vehicle

January 20, 2017

Faster than a bird, a plane, and a high-speed train, riders in a conceptual hyperloop pod could cover the 400 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about half an hour. Yet for all the time-saving promise of hyperloop, there remain questions about passenger comfort, system costs, land use, and safety. A recent Volpe report on behalf of NASA explores the feasibility of the hyperloop concept.

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