Research Groups and Programs
Eighty percent of the Earth’s inhabitants are not considered by designers of infrastructure, goods, and services. What will you do? The programs within Michigan Tech's D80 Center provide many educational, service, and research opportunities for students, staff, and faculty interested in gaining valuable professional experience while making a difference in the lives of others.
The Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) provides the transportation technology (T2) to local government organizations (counties, cities, and villages) throughout the state. The LTAP mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice by conducting training sessions and demonstrations, and by serving as a clearinghouse for information related to state-of-the-art technology in the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.
The Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech is an interdisciplinary program in railroad engineering and urban rail transit that provides opportunities for our students and faculty to participate in the development and operation of rail transportation for the 21st century.
The Technology Development Group (TDG) engages in research and development that supports the transportation-management needs of state and local governments. The group's primary product, the RoadSoft-GIS Integrated Roadway Management System, provides county road commissions, cities, and villages with a state-of-the-art system for managing roadway assets.
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. TTAP explores technology- and information-transfer initiatives, which are aimed at tribal transportation/planning personnel and focus on tribal roads and bridges, tourism, recreation, and related areas of economic development.