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Texas A&M University
• 48,000 total students
• Over 10,000 Enrollment in College of Engineering
   • 12 Departments
• Top ...
Celebrating 60 Years
of Implementing the
Land Grant Mission

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  State Agency

• M b of The
  Member f Th
  Texas A...
Board of Regents

                           Chancellor


      Presidents
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Statewide Offices
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             Austin              El Paso
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TTI Contract Research
                       Expenditures
             60
                              Total Contract Exp...
Academic Initiatives
      Support of Teaching
           Mission
           Mi i
  •   Assistance in faculty recruitment
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Major Source of Educated
                            Transportation Professionals
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State Legislature
Significant increase in requests for
information
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– Individual legislators
– Ho se/Senate lead...
State Legislature
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State Senator John Carona     State Representative Lois Kolkhorst
2010 TTr...
TxDOT Largest
   Sponsor
Amadeo Saenz
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Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation
Facilities



             State Headquarters
             Research Building


               Gibb Gilchrist
             ...
Environmental and Emissions
      Research Facility
Hydraulics, Sedimentation, and Erosion
              Control Lab




                                   Climate Controlled...
Visibility Research Laboratory
Structures and
Materials Labs
Commercialization of Research
HIGHWAY
PRODUCTS
HIGHWAY
PRODUCTS
Break-away Signs, Crash Cushions,
            Barriers
HART
End Treatment
Cable Barrier
Bridge Pier
    g
  Testing
Computer
Simulation
TTI Research = Value
 Each $1 million invested in
 transportation research results in:
• 5 lives saved
• 460 traffic crash...
Implications of Under Funding
                 Research Significant




• Problems Not Solved
• Talent Not Attracted to Pr...
Council of University
  Transportation
     Centers
• TTI a founding member
• First CUTC president
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A Member of The Texas A&M University System
Dennis Christiansen TTI Overview - June 8 2010 9AM
Dennis Christiansen TTI Overview - June 8 2010 9AM
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Dennis Christiansen TTI Overview - June 8 2010 9AM

  1. 1. A member of The Texas A&M University System
  2. 2. Texas A&M University • 48,000 total students • Over 10,000 Enrollment in College of Engineering • 12 Departments • Top 20 Research University
  3. 3. Celebrating 60 Years of Implementing the Land Grant Mission • St t A State Agency • M b of The Member f Th Texas A&M University System S t
  4. 4. Board of Regents Chancellor Presidents id Vice Chancellor Engineering Prairie View A&M – Texas Engineering Experiment Tarleton State Station Texas A&M International – Texas Transportation Institute Texas A&M – Texas Engineering TAMU-Central Texas Extension Service TAMU-Commerce TAMU C TAMU-Corpus Christi Vice Chancellor TAMU-Kingsville Agriculture & Life Sciences TAMU-San Antonio TAMU-Texarkana – Texas AgriLife Research Texas A&M Health Science – Texas AgriLife Extension Service Center – Forest Service West Texas A&M – Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
  5. 5. Statewide Offices Arlington Dallas Austin El Paso Bryan Galveston College Station Houston San Antonio Regional Divisions Lamar University Prairie View A&M University Texas A&M International University Texas A&M University – Commerce Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi University of Texas – El Paso Texas A&M University – Galveston Texas A&M University – Kingsville Statewide Texas Southern University West Texas A&M University y Research Pecos Center for Research Network and Testing
  6. 6. TTI Contract Research Expenditures 60 Total Contract Expenditures 50 48 State Appropriations 40 llions 30 $ Mil 20 10 0 01 '01 '02 02 '03 03 '04 04 '05 05 '06 06  '07 07 '08 08 '09 09 '10 10 (est)
  7. 7. Academic Initiatives Support of Teaching Mission Mi i • Assistance in faculty recruitment • TTI staff teach in: – Civil Engineering – Architecture – Bush School – PVAMU – UTEP • TTI employs and trains students from multiple universities • Joint research projects • Development of Transportation Certificate Program
  8. 8. Major Source of Educated Transportation Professionals T t ti P f i l Cities in which A&M graduates and/or former Over 4000 Transportation Professionals Worked for TTI employees are practicing transportation TTI and/or Educated at Texas A&M – professionals 2800 of those in Texas
  9. 9. State Legislature Significant increase in requests for information i f ti – Individual legislators – Ho se/Senate leadership House/Senate offices/committees – House Research Organization g – State Auditor’s Office – Comptroller’s Office – LBB – Requested testimony – Continued interaction with Governor’s transportation staff
  10. 10. State Legislature g State Senator John Carona State Representative Lois Kolkhorst 2010 TTransportation S f t t ti Safety Chair of the House Committee on Public Conference Health March 31, 2010 July 27, 2009
  11. 11. TxDOT Largest Sponsor
  12. 12. Amadeo Saenz A d S Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation
  13. 13. Facilities State Headquarters Research Building Gibb Gilchrist g Building
  14. 14. Environmental and Emissions Research Facility
  15. 15. Hydraulics, Sedimentation, and Erosion Control Lab Climate Controlled Cli t C t ll d Greenhouses Variable Slope Indoor Rainfall Channel Fl Ch l Flume Simulator
  16. 16. Visibility Research Laboratory
  17. 17. Structures and Materials Labs
  18. 18. Commercialization of Research
  19. 19. HIGHWAY PRODUCTS
  20. 20. HIGHWAY PRODUCTS
  21. 21. Break-away Signs, Crash Cushions, Barriers
  22. 22. HART End Treatment
  23. 23. Cable Barrier
  24. 24. Bridge Pier g Testing
  25. 25. Computer Simulation
  26. 26. TTI Research = Value Each $1 million invested in transportation research results in: • 5 lives saved • 460 traffic crashes avoided • 500,000 person-hours of traffic delay eliminated li i t d • $6 million in reduced operating expenses to TxDOT • 5 graduate students trained • Overall benefit/cost ratio: > 5 to 1 Source: TxDOT and TTI data
  27. 27. Implications of Under Funding Research Significant • Problems Not Solved • Talent Not Attracted to Profession
  28. 28. Council of University Transportation Centers • TTI a founding member • First CUTC president p • Premier CUTC award in honor of Charley Wootan • 3 TTI staff served as CUTC President
  29. 29. A Member of The Texas A&M University System

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