The education and training goals of the Freight Mobility Research Institute (FMRI) are to design and implement interdisciplinary programs, experiential training, and life-long learning in the field of transportation engineering and management specifically focusing on freight and supply chain issues. Along with the classroom experience, educational initiatives would provide opportunities to our students to gain practical experiences and knowledge through internships with local/national organizations and through research projects carried out at FMRI and its consortium members. These initiatives will not be limited to FMRI members but be available to all related parties and the larger community of students and scholars.
The FMRI member institutions would continue to enhance its degree-granting programs by building on our faculty’s history of success in translating research work into classroom activities, courses, and department curricula. FMRI consortium members already offer, or would develop new transportation coursework encompassing a wide variety of topics to reach students in multiple disciplines.
FMRI members have or would create new partnerships with K-12 educational systems in their respective locations and beyond. FMRI aims to create an educational pipeline of transportation workers by developing programs at various stages of the learning spectrum, i.e., from K-12 students to practicing professionals. FMRI activities would be designed to increase interest in the STEM and raise awareness of transportation career opportunities for middle and high school students to college graduates. FMRI members would create transportation-related summer camps, as well as school year programs for K-12 students.
FMRI members would support and attempt to establish and support student chapters of transportation-related organizations in the respective institutions, including high schools. FMRI personnel would provide materials and their expertise to these student-run organizations. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)-FAU Student Chapter is currently sponsored by the FMRI.
The technology transfer goal of FMRI is two-fold: 1) timely dissemination of research results, and 2) direct implementation of research projects’ outcomes. These goals would be realized through continuous activities including quarterly outcome dissemination via an FMRI research communiqué.
Research and other activity results would be disseminated via multiple sources. These sources include but are not limited to a research publication, report submissions, posting outcomes on the FMRI website, and personal communication with interested parties. The educational material development like curricula or summer programs would be shared with interested parties among consortium members as well as associated K-12 program partners. Furthermore, students associated with the program would be the brand ambassadors of FMRI technology transfer.
FMRI research results would be provided to potential users in a form that can be directly implemented, utilized and/or otherwise applied. FMRI members have an outstanding track record of success sharing expertise and research results with local, regional, national and international communities for use in real-world applications and are committed to building on these accomplishments. FMRI members will continue to partner with a variety of local, state, federal and private sector partners to maximize the potential for the adoption and implementation of innovative research developed through its programs and actively seek partners to move research into practice.