Former transportation institute chief
now heading URI Center
KINGSTON, R.I. -- December 14, 2000 -- Richard J. Horn has been appointed
executive director of the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center.
He will direct the center's extensive interdisciplinary research and education
efforts, presently funded by a six-year, $12 million matching grant from
the U.S. Department of Transportation. Horn began work in November.
Horn was formerly the executive director of the NAFTA Intermodal Transportation
Institute at the National Aviation and Transportation Center in New York,
where he helped the transportation and trade communities take advantage
of the opportunities created by the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Prior to that he was chief of the Motor Vehicle Projects Office of the
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, a think tank that provides
research and analysis for decision-makers in the U.S. Department of Transportation
and other government agencies.
"The URI Transportation Center creates an extraordinary opportunity
for the University to bring its resources to bear on the complex issues
of transportation, particularly in a fragile coastal environment,"
said URI President Robert L. Carothers. "Dick Horn has the intellectual
range and the practical experience to lead a process of creative response
to the challenges the future presents."
Legislation approved in 1998 established 33 transportation centers nationwide.
The URI center is one of six receiving the maximum funding of $2 million
per year and is the result of 10 years of cooperative ventures between URI
and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. The center's aim is
to advance transportation technology and expertise through education, research
and technology transfer.
"Our objective is to create a multi-disciplinary center of excellence
in transportation that reflects a solid understanding of global transportation
processes and trends," said Horn. "Transportation and mobility
are increasingly critical factors to our economy and quality of life. The
URI Transportation Center will provide a way for students, transportation
and logistics practitioners, industry and community groups, and researchers
and faculty to collaborate on important transportation issues facing the
state and region."
The center's current research program includes projects dealing with
environmental monitoring and forecasting, transportation systems operations
and management, infrastructure materials and maintenance, and human factors.
For Information: Todd McLeish 874-7892