Transportation Technology Research Initiative
The Transportation Technology Research Initiative’s (TTRI) mission is to serve the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) by supporting its efforts to develop and maintain a modern transportation system. The TTRI will improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of intelligent, resilient, and sustainable transportation-related structures by utilizing advanced materials and tools such as autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, advancing transportation-related technologies by engaging in NDDOT research and training a diverse and highly skilled workforce.
The TTRI provides intellectual capital to the NDDOT and its partners to solve complex problems and address regional issues in structural design, advanced materials, and UAS/autonomous systems. This resource assists the NDDOT with designing, building, operating, and maintaining an intelligent, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure safely and cost-effectively. The institute advances workforce development and includes structural design students that are supervised by on-site NDDOT bridge engineers along with experts in advanced material characterization and UAS/autonomous systems experts. These design projects will provide real-life experience for engineering and computer science students, which will allow them to bring valuable experience to future employers upon graduation.