TRIP is for high school students potentially interested in engineering and those who want to investigate transportation issues. Students will be integrated into research projects and work alongside graduate students and professors, similar to many undergraduate research experiences. They will develop skills related to systems thinking, experimental design, data collection and analysis techniques, and modeling and simulation. The students will have the opportunity to explore applications of mathematics and to contribute to publishable research, which will be valuable for college applications.
Sample projects include:
The students should be reliable, self-motivated, mature, and intellectually curious. A strong foundation in mathematics and/or computer science would be advantageous but is not required. The students must be at least 16 years old.
The internship is based in the Virginia Tech Transportation Operations and Optimization Laboratory, located in Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center at 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church. Field data collection takes place in the northern Virginia area. Computer and data collection resources are available to the students for research purposes.
Pamela Murray-Tuite, Ph.D.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043