STRIDE full proposal invitations completed as of Friday, March 13. Full proposals due May 11.

TRC awarded $3.5 million by USDOT/RITA for Regional University Transportation Center

STRIDE Webcast Seminar on Monday, April 23, 2012, at 11:30 am

STEWARD Database (contains daily summaries of traffic volumes, speeds, occupancies and travel times)

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As urban and rural areas continue to see traffic growth, the need for more transportation engineers is also growing. The profession is losing over half of the state agency transportation engineers and many more local agency professionals as baby boomers retire. In response to this shortage, the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at the University of Florida, along with its two U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) grant-funded University Transportation Centers (UTCs), have teamed up to work harder at recruiting more students to the field, by creating K-12 programs to introduce the younger generation to engineering.

Programs devoted to Workforce Development:

  • Engineering Fair (E-Fair)
  • Family Engineering Night
  • GatorTRAX
  • LEGO┬« Robot Vehicle Lesson Plans for Secondary Education. Workforce Development Coordinator, Leslie Washburn, P.E., has developed and piloted lesson plans for middle school-aged students utilizing LEGO┬«Mindstorms NXT robots to foster interest in the transportation engineering profession as a career choice. During these lessons, students learn the fundamentals of transportationengineering and how the use of advanced technology integral to solving current and future transportation problems.  They also learn how much transportation affects the quality of life in our society.  For more information, contact Leslie Washburn, PE, workforce development coordinator at leslie@ce.ufl.edu.


  • Transportation Career Day
  • Transportation You. In May 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a National Education Initiative for Girls and Young Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), named Transportation YOU. The WTS Student Chapter responded to the WTS/USDOT Girl’s STEM Initiative and developed an Outreach Action Plan.As part of the action plan, the WTS Student Chapter has set up a Facebook page, invited high school girls to the  Transportation Symposium, volunteered as middle school science fair judges, developed activities for the university Engineering Fair, and partnered with the student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers to produce a new outreach program called Family Engineering Night.


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Transportation Research Center
Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., TRC Director
University of Florida Civil & Coastal Engineering
512 Weil Hall | PO Box 116500 | Gainesville, FL 32611-6580
352.392.9537, Ext. 1409
University of Florida
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