Dr. Elefteriadou standing in front of the Bull Gator at the University of Florida StadiumDirector's Message

Dear Colleagues,

One of our goals for STRIDE has been the development of educational materials to enhance existing curricula and bring our research results closer to students and practitioners.   I am happy to report that we now have three course modules ready for use (on safety, pedestrian and bicycle planning, and public transportation) and another one (sustainable pavements) to be delivered soon.  Course materials can be downloaded from the STRIDE website (/fall-2013-educational-products.)  Another aspect of education as well as workforce development is the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in our research projects. Descriptions of our on-going research projects in this newsletter provide more information on the educational aspects of research.

Following the success of the STRIDE – sponsored UTC Regional Conference in Orlando, Fla., in March 2013, the second UTC Regional Conference, hosted by Georgia Tech, will take place in Atlanta, Ga., March 24-25, 2014, and co-sponsored by several UTCs in the southeast.  STRIDE has made significant efforts to increase collaboration among its partner universities as well as with researchers and practitioners in our region and beyond, and we welcome the participation of anyone interested in transportation research and education. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding the program schedule and agenda.

The University of Florida’s Transportation Institute (UFTI) and STRIDE will be hosting once again a reception during the 93rd TRB on January 13, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Mezzanine of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The reception will also feature a STRIDE Student Research Poster Showcase. STRIDE students are getting ready to present their newest research and are eager to share their work with all of you.

Congratulations to the UF-ITE student chapter for winning the 2013 International Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Boston! Members of the team this year were Thomas Chase, Miguel Lugo, Ben Reibach, and Don Watson.  The previous year, Thomas Chase was a member of the NC State team, a STRIDE partner school, that won last year’s competition.  We are very proud of our STRIDE students and their accomplishments!    

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions for STRIDE. We always welcome feedback and collaborative opportunities.

Happy Holidays!

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
Professor & STRIDE Director