Morgan is Part of New Center Dedicated to Researching Infrastructure

Morgan State University is part of a new research consortium of universities that will receive grant monies as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers (UTC) program.Dr. Monique Head

The consortium, the Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems, is headed by and housed at Pennsylvania State University. Other members are George Mason University, Lehigh University, Morgan State University, University of Delaware, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. The consortium was chosen as the Region 3 center in the UTC program.

Two other centers, one headed by the University of Maine and the other by Rutgers University, also received grants. The grants for all three centers over several years total $42.5 million and are authorized under the Fixing America's surface Transportation (FAST) Act. All of the centers will focus on improving and extending the life of the transportation infrastructure.

Dr. Monique Head, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Engineering and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, will be the principal investigator at Morgan.

"We are experienced at infrastructure research, thanks to our structures and materials laboratories and our dedicated students and faculty," Dr. Head said. "We are excited to be a part of such an innovative research center."