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.


“Transportation” was the name of the game at the fourth annual Summer Transportation Institute, held on campus for middle and high school students from July 6 through July 30. The program, held Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., was run by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. CEE faculty, staff, and graduate students provided lectures and led discussions throughout the program on all modes of transportation, sustainability in transportation, and careers in transportation.

The program covered topics such as water, air, and land transportation, as well as intermodalism and safety.

Students also worked on projects in state-of-the-art interactive classrooms at the College of Engineering. They participated in preparing project presentations in teams, learning about transportation concepts through hands-on activities, and exploring the transportation discipline with fun and engaging field trips. In the past these trips have included a cruise through Boston Harbor and a visit to the State House. Also included were some purely recreational activities, such as hiking on local trails and kayaking on the Connecticut River.

The Summer Transportation Institute was a full scholarship program with no out-of-pocket costs for participants. Scholarships covered all program costs, including workshops, handouts, facility usage, equipment, supplies, field trips, laboratory fees, speakers, lunch, and snacks.

The program was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and local communities and organizations. The non‐residential program encouraged all applications, especially those from women, minority students, and students with disabilities. (July 2010)