The URI Transportation Center was established in 1999 to conduct multidisciplinary education, research, technology transfer, and outreach for surface transportation systems and advanced transportation infrastructure.
The Center is one of approximately 62 national centers supported by the US Department of Transportation through the University Transportation Centers Program.
The Center has four full-time and two part-time staff members, headed by an Executive Director. The Center also has an Executive Board chaired by the URI Vice President for Administration and composed of senior member of the Center's stakeholder groups. For a list of our sponsors and programs, see links
National UTC Mission and Goals
To advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence.
A multi-disciplinary approach to course work and experiential learning reinforces the transportation theme of the Center.
An increased number of students, faculty and staff are attracted to and substantively involved in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of the Center.
Students, faculty and staff reflect the growing diversity of the U.S. workforce and are substantively involved in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of the Center.
An objective process for selecting and reviewing research is used that balances multiple objectives of the program.
The products of basic and applied research are judged by peers or other experts in the field to advance the body of knowledge in transportation.
Research results are made available to potential users in a form that can be directly implemented, utilized or otherwise applied.