UMassSafe is a multidisciplinary traffic safety research program housed in the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center in the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Working for many state and federal agencies, UMassSafe collects and analyzes crash related data, provides online data access, develops training materials and examines data quality challenges within the databases, providing recommendations for improvements.
Workforce development is an integral aspect of UMass Transportation Center operations, from current Baystate Roads and UMTC-Transportation Training Institute classes, to researching new technologies and processes that will become future training topics. Improving the capabilities of our current workforce and planning for the future is key to a successful transportation sector and Massachusetts economy.
In 2016, the most recent of these UMTC programs kicked-off with a focus on developing the next generation of transportation construction workers. This On-the-Job Supportive Services contract seeks to expand opportunities for women, minorities, and disadvantaged young adults entering careers in transportation construction. As our construction workforce ages, opportunities for young adults – whether within local Departments of Public Works, private sector companies and union positions are significantly expanding!
The University of Massachusetts Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., of Milford, Mass., have launched plans for a new Aviation Research and Training Center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee where they will conduct advanced aeronautical research and provide training for air traffic controllers, pilots and other aviation professionals.
The Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is a multi-disciplinary research facility at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, based in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
Summer Transportation Institute
With funding support from the Federal Highway Administration, the Summer Transportation Institute at UMass Amherst will once again offer a unique opportunity for upper middle school and high school students to explore topics related to engineering and transportation while utilizing campus facilities and field trips.
This program covers topics such as water, air, and land transportation as well as intermodalism, safety, and future careers in the industry.