UND, NDDOT partner on transportation research initiative
In a Feb. 27 ceremony, UND celebrated the formal dedication of a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation that will provide research for the agency, while offering valuable educational opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.
UND and NDDOT leaders gathered for the ceremony in Upson I, which now officially houses the Transportation Technology Research Institute. It is a place that will bring researchers, educators and students together for a multi-pronged initiative to develop and maintain a modern transportation system, while training a highly skilled workforce for North Dakota’s future.
UND President Andrew Armacost and senior UND leaders met with Ronald Henke, NDDOT director, and a detachment of NDDOT staff, to officially sign the partnership agreement and then christen the new research institute. Armacost thanked Henke for the opportunity to partner with the state.
“This facility and the work that will happen here at the University of North Dakota represents an important contribution by our faculty, staff members and students to the state of North Dakota as we examine the future bounds of transportation systems, here within the state and also across the nation,” Armacost said. “We are delighted that the state has made such a wonderful decision to invest in in this facility.”