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Community-Based Transportation Engineering Research Projects at Sacramento State
California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) engineering faculty have collaborated with community partners on real-world transportation issues. A series of graduate and undergraduate student projects have emerged.
The projects begin with “client meetings” where faculty, students and the community partner develop the research question, design the study, and decide how to engage community members. In addition, the group determines what data need to be collected, and how the research will be analyzed, interpreted, and disseminated.
In successful projects completed for various community partners, students have studied the impact of electric vehicles on a neighborhood; surveyed alternative-transportation; performed a crash analysis of intersections before and after signal timing improvements, and produced a parking generation study.
In completed projects for CSUS, students have produced a parking utilization study; a traffic-simulation and intersection study with proposed street redesign; and an annual transportation survey.
In some projects, the university itself benefits directly. Outside “clients” have found the results comparable to professional transportation engineers’ work. Finally, these community partnerships have created ongoing opportunities for student research projects.
Kevan Shafizadeh, Civil Engineering
California State University Sacramento
transportation, Sacramento, Northern California