A half day high school STEM teacher workshop was developed and delivered on December 9, 2017 by Drs. Sharad Maheshwari and Kelwyn D’Souza. Seven STEM teachers from Heritage High School, Newport News has participated in the workshop. Objective of the workshop was to encourage high school teachers to include in their lesson elements of logistics and transportation. This will expose young students to the field of transportation.
The Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) Director Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, Research Associates MD Sultan Ali and Bratislav Ostojic and the FMRI Researchers participated in the “Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience: From Practice to Revising Plans and Policy” workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The workshop was hosted by the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) of Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Kaisar presented on “Lessons Learned from Hurricanes: Evacuation and Resilience.”
The Freight Mobility Research Institute Co-Sponsored the 5th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region. Dr. Evangelos I. Kaisar, FMRI Director, Dr. Yan Yong, the Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, Assistant Professors of Florida Atlantic University and the FMRI Researchers attended this year’s UTC Conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The research team participated in the poster showcase with two posters, titled “Port Recovery in the Aftermath of Oil Spill Incident” and “Evaluation of Bus Routes Efficiency Using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Free Disposal Hull (FDH) Approaches.” The FMRI Research Associate, MD Sultan Ali presented on “Guidance for Identifying Corridor Conditions that Warrant Deploying Transit Signal Priority.” Dr. Kaisar attended meetings with Dr. Gkolias, FMRI Associate Director, and Dr. Mishra, FMRI partner, from the University of Memphis regarding current and future projects of the Institute.
FMRI sponsored a Summer Engineering and Technology Camp for 16 students moving on to grades 7, 8, and 9 from Crystal Lake Middle School, Carver Middle School, Margate Middle School, and AD Henderson University School. This course covered ArcGIS based spatial analysis of truck traffic in Florida, Port Resilience, Automated and Connected Vehicles, and Public Transportation in Smart Cities. They also visited with the FAU Society of Automotive Engineers Racing Team, assembled a basic soldering kit, and attended a drone flying demonstration.