Michigan State University College of Engineering

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The work related to this project will principally be conducted at the offices within the College of Engineering at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The activities proposed by the research team as a part of this study require the use of desktop or laptop computers, as well as campus libraries, which will be used as a resource for the literature review that will be conducted during this study. The College of Engineering is one of the largest and oldest colleges on the campus of Michigan State University, an R1: Research Universities (Highest research activity) in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The college consists of more than 170 faculty in six departments offering 10 undergraduate and 9 graduate degree programs, with more than 3,450 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students. Its faculty is engaged in more than 600 active research grants generating more than $50 million in annual research expenditures. The college also currently houses 12 research centers and facilities.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department is currently housed in the MSU Engineering Building. The CEE Department has placed a critical emphasis towards expanding transportation research and education. This includes the hiring of three new transportation faculty beginning in August 2015, including Drs. Mehrnaz Ghamami, Ali Zockaie, and Timothy Gates. The CEE Department recently hired Dr. Peter Savolainen in August 2018 and is in the process of establishing SPARTRANS, a multidisciplinary center focused on transportation research, teaching, and outreach that will be led by CEE faculty.

SPARTRANS SPARTRANS will be one of several research entities housed in a newly developed research facility at Spartan Village, which is being transformed into a Mobility Center for Michigan State University that opened May 2019. This facility will allow for seamless collaboration with other transportation entities on the MSU campus, including the Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles (CANVAS) program.. The faculty in the transportation infrastructure area is engaged in active research projects funded by MDOT, FHWA, NCHRP, NSF, NHTSA and other agencies.

The CEE transportation group has been allocated approximately 4,000 square feet of area, which includes server rooms equipped with state-of-the-art computers and related software available exclusively to this research team. The Spartan Village roads and street network will be equipped with appropriate tools and devices for safety and travel behavior tests. The new mobility center will be equipped with conference rooms with adequate free parking spaces to hold meetings and workshops.