TechMRT Part of Multi-Million Dollar Transportation Grant

Researchers from the Texas Tech Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT), are now part of a consortium to conduct cutting-edge research on transportation infrastructure in the region, with a specific focus on the impact of extreme climates on infrastructure.

The study is funded by a multi-million dollar University Transportation Center (UTC) grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

The TechMRT research team, made up of Dr. Sanjaya Senadheera, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and interim director of TechMRT; Dr. Priyantha Jayawickrama, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Dr. Hongchao Liu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Cathy H. Allen, senior director of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center, joins seven other universities led by the University of Oklahoma. The Southern Plains Regional Transportation Center (SPTC) will represent Region 6 (Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico). Texas Tech's share of this $2.5 million grant is $222,500, with the possibility of a second tranche of $222,500 contingent upon the availability of federal funds.