The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) and Center for Safety Equity in Transportation (CSET) hosted the 2018 Region 10 Transportation Conference on October 12th, 2018 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The theme, North to the Future: Emerging Mobility and Safety Issues in the Pacific Northwest, engaged participants in dialogue on how to move the state of our transportation system forward while being conscious of safety and mobility implications. More than 130 professionals, academics and students in the field of transportation engineering attended the conference, many of whom came from outside the state of Alaska.
The keynote address of the conference was provided by Ryan Anderson, Assistant Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF), titled “Moving Safer, Moving Smarter, Transportation in Alaska.” The conference included 3 mobility focused sessions running concurrently with 3 safety focused sessions. The closing panel focused on balancing safety and mobility with 4 panelists: Anne Chang, SAE International, Dan Schacher, AKDOT&PF, David Yang, AAA, and Daniel Work, Vanderbilt University. The complete agenda is located here.
Students also had the opportunity to attend a special session focused on career development provided on October 13. Colin Singleton, CRW Engineering Group, Jackson Fox, Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System, and Marc Luiken, AKDOT&PF each presented on a transportation engineering topic to a group of approximately 30 students.
Registered attendees of the conference were provided the opportunity to take an excursion focused on permafrost and its impact on Alaska Infrastructure on Saturday, October 13. The excursion included visiting the Permafrost Tunnel, created and maintained by the Department of Defense for research purposes and a stop at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline visitor’s center. Those who took advantage of the excursion found it a highlight of their trip. Details on the locations visited can be found here.
CSET participated in the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska October 18-20. The Center had a booth in the exhibit hall in order to interact with conference attendees. A voluntary survey was conducted to obtain input from across Alaska on transportation safety issues.
Third grade students from Northstar Elementary school visited the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) campus on November 8, 2018. The students were provided an opportunity to visit the engineering labs. Tristan and Dylan, UAF students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, provided a presentation on the different types of concrete and demonstrated the differences in concrete strength by crushing concrete cylinders.The students found the demonstrations engaging and were enthusiastic about learning the differences in concrete mixtures.