Old Dominion University has launched a number of transportation initiatives in an effort to deal with regional, state, and national concerns about mobility, safety and sustainability. Specifically, ODU has created a program that focuses on surface transportation issues. The program currently has the following faculty members: Dr. Asad Khattak, Dr. Mecit Cetin, Dr. Michael Robinson and Dr. ManWo Ng. They are all part of the Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions. In addition, several adjunct faculty from CEE (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and VMASC (Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center) are affiliated with this multi-disciplinary research center.
Affiliated faculty includes Dr. Khan Iftekaruddin, Dr. Wayne Talley, Dr. Bryan Porter, Dr. Wie Yusuf, Dr. Todd Fantz, Dr. Michele Weigle, Dr. Tamer Nadeem, and Dr. Duc Nguyen.
A transportation education program within the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department is active. The graduate program offers Master's and Ph.D. degrees, and a diverse set of course offerings. In addition, MSVE (Modeling, Simulation & Visulization Engineering) Department also offers Master's and Ph.D. degrees with applications in Transportation. Funding is available for qualified full-time graduate students.
The transportation research program at ODU is very active. CITS deals with a variety of issues related to mobility, safety, planning, freight, energy, and environment on surface transportation systems. CITS facilitates interdisciplinary transportation research among faculty in different academic departments, particularly for multimodal and intermodal problems.
The mission of CITS is to contribute to the advancement of transportation in three ways:
- Research: The development of knowledge that expands our current body of transportation engineering knowledge and stimulates applications of new strategies/technologies, involving planning, design, and operations of the transportation system. The development of the transportation engineering profession through applied research is important. [LINK]
- Education: The education of future and current transportation professionals is one of the most important issues facing the country. Undergraduate and graduate students are introduced to transportation issues and learn approaches that have been taken or proposed to solve those problems. The graduate program will train students from diverse backgrounds as professionals who plan, design, and manage the transportation systems of cities and regions in both domestic and international settings.
- Outreach and Service: Our commitment to knowledge transfer and public service is meant to provide immediate benefits to the university, citizens of the state, nation, and a number of countries. Important aspects are dissemination of knowledge to transportation practitioners, agencies, and other stakeholders, student internships in government agencies, and student and faculty involvement in TRB (Transportation Research Board), ITE ( Institute of Transportation Engineers) and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) activities. Service also includes editorship of refereed journals.