NEW ORLEANS, LA — A $277,500 federal grant was given to researchers at the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute to continue its maritime and multimodal transportation research and education conducted through the Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center.
The Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center (MarTREC) is the U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 university transportation center, which denotes the country’s leading source of maritime and multimodal transportation experts.
The University of New Orleans (UNO) is one of seven universities included in a consortium of leading maritime transportation researchers that focus on transferable research, accessible education and workforce development.
The consortium consists of the University of Arkansas, Jackson State University, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University/Texas Transportation Institute, University of New Orleans and Vanderbilt University.
Bethany Stich, director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute, said in a statement that the grant had funded more than $1.4 million in research and education activities. MarTREC is now in its sixth year of working with UNO.
Projects funded by the partnership include an analysis of the economic development benefits of liquefied gas in the Gulf Coast Region, the impact of international trade policies on the transportation infrastructure of the Gulf Coast and the development of a master of science in transportation degree programs.
The U.S. The Department of Transportation also awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, the Council of University Transportation Center Graduate Student of the Year and the Charley V. Wootan Memorial Dissertation Award to nine MarTREC-supported UNO students.