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Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)

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OTREC at Oregon Tech

OTREC is a National University Transportation Center created by Congress in 2005. A partnership between Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology, OTREC is dedicated to stimulating and conducting collaborative multi-disciplinary research on multi-modal surface transportation issues; educating a diverse array of current practitioners and future leaders in the transportation field; and encouraging implementation of relevant research results.

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, OTREC sponsors research, education and technology transfer projects at our partner universities. OTREC programs relate to the OTREC theme and support national transportation initiatives and needs. Through collaboration and partnerships with transportation agencies, industry, and other universities in the Northwest, OTREC aims to address the transportation needs of Oregon, the Northwest, and the nation. The OTREC theme is focused on contributing to USDOT strategic objectives including: safety, mobility, global connectivity, environmental stewardship, security and congestion.

The University Transportation Center (UTC) Program was created to develop internationally recognized centers of excellence within institutions of higher learning, and is part of the USDOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). By investing in UTC programs, USDOT’s goal is to increase the number of talented individuals working in the field of surface transportation, and meet the 21st century challenge of safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods within the U.S. There are 60 UTCs with various themes across the U.S., and OTREC is one of 10 designated as a National Center.

How to Get Involved

Whether you are a student pursuing a degree, a professional seeking technical skills enhancement, a principal investigator with a great research idea, or an engaged citizen wanting to learn more about transportation planning and technologies for livable communities, we welcome your participation.

  • For updates and announcements, join the OTREC email list.
  • Check OTREC website for the schedule and streams of our continuing education programs.
  • Contact OTREC if you have ideas for continuing education seminars or workshops, or would be available as a speaker or instructor.
  • Employers offering internships and professionals offering mentorships to gifted undergraduate and graduate students should contact us by e-mail.
  • Donors wishing to sponsor transportation scholarships, please contact us by e-mail.
  • Researchers may submit topics on our website.
  • Consider enrolling in a transportation specialization course in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, or Klamath Falls. Courses are offered through departments such as urban studies and planning, civil and environmental engineering, public policy and management, sociology, computer science, mathematics, economics, geography, and more. Distance learning options are available for some courses.

OTREC @ Oregon Tech

OTREC's Associate Director for Oregon Tech is Dr. Roger Lindgren, he can be reached by email at roger.lindgren@oit.edu or by calling 541.885.1947.

Students interested in transportation should contact the Oregon Tech Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).