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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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NYSATE Conference Focuses on Going Green

George Lee, Keynote Speaker, with NYSTATE Conference General Chairman Tom Markel

George Lee, Keynote Speaker, with Conference General Chairman Tom Markel.

Several MCEER investigators and University at Buffalo faculty participated in the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) 69th Annual Conference in Ellicottville, NY. The event, held June 2-5, 2009, had a theme of “Going Green on the Transportation Scene.” About 600 transportation professionals from around the state attended the event, which featured technical sessions, field trips, guest programs and social events.

George Lee, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE), University at Buffalo, delivered the keynote address, which focused on the various challenges and issues facing today’s transportation engineering professionals, and the need for educational programs to prepare future engineers who can more effectively plan, design, construct and maintain sustainable transportation infrastructure systems.

Other CSEE faculty members delivered technical sessions, including Amjad Aref, “Pre-Fabricated Bridge Systems;” Adel Sadek, “Transportation Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo: Addressing Future Transportation Challenges through Integrative Education and Research;” Stuart Chen, “IT-Streamlined Processes for Bridge Delivery and Life Cycle;” and James Jensen, “Applying Environmental Engineering Principles to Sustainable Transportation: Beyond Hybrids and Tailpipes.”