Using a driving simulator to analyze lane change behaviour on busy freeways is one of the student research projects supported by a recently announced scholarship program in Transportation Science and Engineering.
Funded by a $175,000 donation from the Transportation Association of Canada Foundation (TAC); $62,500 from the Norman Esch Foundation; $25,000 from the Cross Border Institute; and $25,000 from RC Spencer Associates, 35 students will each receive $5,000 in Scholarship Bursary over the next five years.
“This opportunity will allow students to earn income while working on research initiatives that enrich their knowledge and skills in the field of transportation analysis,” says program co-lead and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hanna Maoh.
According to Dr. Maoh, such skills as critical thinking around contemporary transportation problems and data analysis using specialized transportation software, will prepare students for real world jobs upon graduation.
Both the Faculty of Engineering and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, matched these amounts to leverage TAC and Esch Foundations donations, contributing to an opportunity that supports the university’s ongoing strategic plan to become a leading transportation education and research institution.
“We have established two major transportation research labs over the past two years,” said Dr. Maoh.
“UWindsor has an old tradition in focusing on automotive research in engineering as a natural outcome of being situated in one of the busiest regions in terms of freight transportation, facilitated by the existence of the Ambassador Bridge.”