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Maritime Professionals from Africa and Asia Improve Maritime Domain Awareness Skills

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August 30, 2016

Volpe recently hosted its third annual training workshop aimed at enhancing and sustaining maritime domain awareness around the world. International participants acquired the skills and knowledge to aid countries in combating illicit maritime activity.

Investigating Wearable Sensors in Transportation Research

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August 26, 2016

Small, efficient, and accurate wearable sensors have opened up new levels of data granularity for transportation researchers. The authors of a recent paper investigated the state of the practice for wearable sensors, and challenges in using them for transportation research.

Nominations Are Open for 2017 FHWA Awards Programs

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August 25, 2016

Every two years, the Federal Highway Administration confers prestigious awards on transportation professionals in the public and private sectors who work hard to make U.S. roads safe and efficient for all drivers. Nomination deadlines are approaching for two of these three awards programs.

Volpe’s Innovations from the 2016 Joint Rail Conference

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August 24, 2016

From eliminating broken rails and combating punctured tank cars, to making stronger interfaces between rail ties and ballast, Volpe engineers support the Federal Railroad Administration in making passenger and freight rail travel safer.

Publication Highlights 15 Years of Successful Environmental Stewardship Practices

The banner image for the Successes in Stewardship newsletter, showing a bridge, mountain, city, and wind turbine on green grass.

August 16, 2016

Successes in Stewardship marks 15 years of documenting successful practices in protecting water quality, wetlands, wildlife, historical sites, cultural areas, and parks while accelerating the completion of transportation projects nationwide. Read the August 2016 anniversary issue to learn about the lasting results of three state DOT projects and the key to long-term successes in stewardship.

DOTWASH Tackles Invasive Species Catching a Ride on Construction Vehicles

July 31, 2016

Invasive species and noxious weeds can destroy entire ecosystems, stemming from something as seemingly innocuous as a seed latching to the bottom of a dump truck. Through the SBIR Program, S-K Environmental developed a novel solution for construction sites that has a 97 percent success rate.

Anne Aylward is Volpe’s New Director and the First Woman to Hold the Position

Anne Aylward

July 28, 2016

Anne Aylward, a proven senior leader and results-driven executive with more than 30 years in the transportation field, has been selected as Volpe’s new director. She is the organization’s seventh permanent director, and the first woman to hold the position.

Enhanced FMCSA Site Means Better Motor Carrier Data

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July 26, 2016

Accurate, complete, and timely crash and inspection data from states lets FMCSA better identify motor carriers that could pose a risk to the traveling public. A newly revamped website is helping improve that data.

Awareness Day Brings Transportation Safety Message to Kendall Square

Greg Winfree stands next to a Cambridge Department of Public Works truck that is outfitted with side guards.

July 25, 2016

Volpe recently opened its campus for an event that showcased the intersection between transportation, safety, health, and human behavior. Tours and demonstrations highlighted vehicle simulators, the B.A.T. Mobile, concussion goggles, a Jaws of Life rescue, and more.

Autonomy and Shared Mobility in the Urban Environment

Dr. Emilio Frazzoli speaking at Volpe’s Future of Transportation series

July 20, 2016

Vehicle automation is paving the way for major societal changes in how we move people and goods in urban areas, according to Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and co-founder of self-driving car company nuTonomy. Through nuTonomy, Frazzoli is working to design an urban taxi network that combines autonomous vehicle and ride-sharing technologies, and can cut into the societal and economic costs of private car ownership and operation.