Transportation Engineering

Transportation research and scholarship has been very successful at GW since the inception of the NCAC (National Crash Analysis Center) in 1992, and chartering of CISR (Center for Intelligent Systems Research) in 1996 at the Virginia Campus, now renamed as GW's VSTC (Virginia Research and Technology Campus).

The NCAC and CISR conduct pioneering research in three main themes of vehicle/barrier crashworthiness, intelligent transportation systems and traffic flow dynamics. These centers conduct research in transportation engineering, operate a host of advanced laboratories (including the driving simulator laboratory, the traffic and networks research laboratory and the vehicle modeling laboratory), and graduate many students each year (primarily at the CEE Department).

The GW administrations' internal recognition of Transportation Safety and Security as an area of excellence (AoE) in 2002 added a new dimension to these already successful activities. It allowed the culmination of all GW transportation activities into a more cohesive and integrated research and academic program within SEAS (especially CEE department), encouraged the involvement of additional faculty in a successful transportation program, enhanced the cross collaboration among the existing centers, and provided resources for increased scholarship, doctoral fellowships, and national visibility of the GW's program.