MATS UTC End-of-Summer Symposium

A research poster explains the investigation of climate change along the Hampton Boulevard Corridor in Norfolk, Va.

Morgan State University students Alona Green and Willine Richardson presented their research posters at the Mid-Atlantic Transporation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) End-of-Summer Symposium at the University of Virginia.

They had been chosen for the MATS UTC undergraduate summer research program through a competitive application process. Eleven undergraduate students from five universities honed their research and presentation skills while gaining exposure to real-world transportation sustainability issues through their participation in the program, which was hosted by the University of Virginia and the University of Delaware.

Green's area of research, in collaboration with Dr. Brian Smith of UVA, was "An Evaluation on the Economic Feasibility of Virtual Dynamic Message Signs." Also collaborating with Dr. Smith, Richardson focused on "Investigation of Climate Change Adaptation -- Case Study of the Hampton Boulevard Corridor in Norfolk, Virginia." Both students are civil engineering majors.

"I have fond memories of participating in an undergraduate research program at another university when I was a rising senior," says Emily Parkany, Ph.D., P.E., managing director of MATS UTC and the organizer of the summer research program. "You get to work closely with a graduate student or faculty mentor and get a feel for what it would be like to attend graduate school and work on an even bigger research project. MATS UTC is funding these undergraduate researchers to generate excitement for transportation research, and also to expose them to the breadth of civil and environmental engineering. At U.Va., we're fortunate that several very exciting projects are right outside our door."