Spotlight: Educational Activities

From 2018 CTS Annual Report


Camps and exhibits

Middle schoolers participated in CTS's National Summer Transportation Institute, a two-week program featuring classroom activities, lab sessions, and field trips around the Twin Cities. The summer camp attracts a diverse range of students to education and career opportunities in transportation. Other activities to spark students' interest included Tech Fest, an annual event held at The Works Museum in Bloomington, geared toward kids ages four and up, and TransportationYou, a mentoring program of the Minnesota Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) that encourages girls ages 13–18 to pursue transportation careers.

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Braun Transportation Scholarship

Ella Rasp, first Braun scholarship winner

In 2017 the children of Richard P. Braun established a scholarship to honor his memory and legacy. The Richard P. Braun Transportation Scholarship is now awarded annually to a University of Minnesota undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree in a transportationrelated field of study. The first recipient of the scholarship is Ella Rasp, an urban studies major, advised by Paula Pentel. Braun was CTS's founding director.

Learn more: Richard P. Braun Transportation Scholarship


Education awards

Matthew J. Huber Award (students in engineering, science, and technology fields)

  • Woongsun Jeon: Doctoral candidate, mechanical engineering; advisor: Rajesh Rajamani
  • Jacqueline Nowak: Master's degree, urban and regional planning, and master's, civil engineering; advisor: Alireza Khani

John S. Adams Award (honoring students in policy and planning fields)

  • Xinyi Wu: Doctoral candidate, urban planning; advisor: Jason Cao
  • Travis Fried: Master of GIS; advisor: Susanna McMaster

Roadway Safety Institute Outstanding Student of the Year

  • Frank Alarcon: Master's degree, urban and regional planning; advisor: Frank Douma

Learn more: Leaders, students recognized at CTS Awards Luncheon, CTS Catalyst, March 2018


International student exchange

GTI Exchange students from China, with Goldy statue at U of M

The Global Transit Innovations (GTI) program coordinated a study-abroad course in spring semester 2018. The course—PA: Planning for China's Urban Billion—was offered by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs; 11 students visited four Chinese cities. In turn, 16 students from Chinese universities spent six weeks in Minnesota learning about American transportation and culture as part of a GTI summer training program. In addition, 15 professionals from the Shenzhen Urban Transportation Planning Center came to Minnesota in fall 2017 for a four-week course. Sponsors: GTI, CTS, China Center's Mingda Institute.

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Summer interns on the job

MnDOT summer intern in field

University students put their skills to work on real-world transportation projects in internships at MnDOT and Ramsey County. Thirteen civil engineering undergrads participated in various MnDOT offices, and four students worked in several Ramsey County departments. The new partnership with the county built on the longstanding success of the MnDOT program, which completed its eighth year. Sponsors: MnDOT, Ramsey County.

Learn more: Students explore transportation topics, careers in summer programs, CTS Catalyst, Sept. 2018


Accessible-design training for practitioners

Man in wheelchair crossing streetPhoto: Shutterstock

The Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), housed within CTS, held a series of customized training courses about accessible design. The training, offered in locations across Minnesota, gave attendees an understanding of how to provide accessibility in the public right-of-way from scoping through final design. Minnesota LTAP also posted video recordings of the workshop sessions. Sponsors: Minnesota Local Road Research Board, MnDOT, Minnesota LTAP. 

Learn more: ADA Training: Accessible Design in the Public Right‐of‐Way


Hands-on training for airport staff

Participants at AirTAP training

Airport managers, maintenance staff, and others from around Minnesota gathered for Fall FlyAround events at the Morris, Eveleth, and Fairmont airports. The training allowed attendees to learn about airport operations topics in a more casual, hands-on environment from MnDOT Aeronautics representatives. The Airport Technical Assistance Program, housed within CTS, offered the training.

Learn more: AirTAP Fall Fly-Around


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