Education & Technology Transfer Activities: 2007



2008 Summer Transportation Institute



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Sequential Number


Matching Research Agency


Missouri Department of Transportation


Principal Investigator

Heath Pickerill, Director Missouri LTAP
710 University Drive, Suite #121
Rolla, MO 65409

p(573) 341-7200
f(573) 341-7245


Student Involvement


2-4 undergraduate students acting as counselors and participating in course development


Project Objective

The purpose of the STI is to provide an educational experience for rising 11th and 12th grade high school students, which explores all aspects of the transportation industry and its role in our society.


Project Abstract

Missouri LTAP at Missouri S&T has hosted a USDOT Summer Transportation Institute (STI) for the past several years. The program has been very successful and will again be offered in summer 2008.

The STI is a 2, 2-week intensive learning experience held during the summer for high school students. It is targeted primarily toward minorities but not limited to them. The following are goals of the STI:

1.To expose secondary school students to and allow them to participate in a series of academic and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry, and

2.To provide secondary school students with mathematics, science, and technological enrichment to enable them to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

The overarching goal is to increase the number of youths entering the transportation profession and aids the university in its recruiting efforts. The students (10th, 11th, and 12th graders) are subjected to a healthy dose of campus life.


Anticipated Benefits

The STI will not only expose minority high school students to career options in the field of transportation, but on a more basic level to the college experience itself.


Modal Orientation


Student recruitment



Project Start Date:

June 1, 2008

Project End Date:

December 31, 2008


Relationship to other Research/Projects


As a part of the program, participants will be exposed to current transportation research projects at Missouri S&T.


Technology Transfer Activities

Students will participate in a series of academic, hands-on, and practical experiences designed to motivate them toward professions in the transportation industry.


Transportation Research Board Keywords


Education, transportation institute, minority program.