Spring 2021 - MwRSF



Industry Communications: Spring 2021

Roadside safety part of new research opportunity for Nebraska Engineering

By Phil Carter

A truck crashes during a test at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A truck crashes during a test at the
Midwest Roadside Safety Facility.
The international expertise of our Midwest Roadside Safety Facility researchers and engineers will help advance the science of surface transportation safety and technology during this exciting new era at the Transportation Technology Center.
Lance C. Pérez Dean, College of Engineering
Recognized globally as a leader in transportation engineering and roadside safety hardware, the UNL Midwest Roadside Safety Facility is part of a $571 million overhaul of the Transportation Technology Center located near Pueblo, Colorado.

The team of surface transportation research organizations, led by the international technology consulting group ENSCO Inc., was awarded a contract by the Federal Railroad Administration to provide research, testing, engineering and training services at the Transportation Technology Center. The Husker researchers will conduct and participate in testing across key surface transportation safety technology areas, according to Ron Faller, director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility. Test objectives have been established by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Transportation Department and include vehicle run-off-road containment and occupant crash safety in areas such as roadside safety engineering and impact engineering and crash simulation. Additional focus will include research for roadside wireless infrastructure and vehicle connectivity as well as high-energy vehicle disaster prevention for motorsports safety engineering. The Midwest Roadside Safety Facility is a research organization focusing on researching all aspects of highway design and safety.

“The College of Engineering and the members of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility are proud to work with ENSCO, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Railroad Administration and other team members on this important research initiative,” said Lance C. Pérez, engineering dean. “The international expertise of our Midwest Roadside Safety Facility researchers and engineers will help advance the science of surface transportation safety and technology during this exciting new era at the Transportation Technology Center.”

The Center for Surface Transportation Testing and Academic Research consortium established by ENSCO is composed of eight universities and academic research centers led by the University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research and, along with UNL, includes Colorado State University-Pueblo, Michigan Technological University, the University of Hawaii, Michigan State University, Oregon State University and the California-based Mineta Transportation Institute.