North Carolina Secretary of Transportation, Nick Tennyson  will visit the Center for Highway Pavement Preservation (CHPP) at North Carolina A&T and meet with students.

NCDOT Secretary Tennyson to Visit N.C. A&T

The Division of Research and Economic Development along with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the School of Technology and the Department of Civil Engineering will host North Carolina Secretary of Transportation, Nick Tennyson on Monday, Feb. 22.

While on campus, Tennyson will visit the Center for Highway Pavement Preservation (CHPP) at North Carolina A&T and meet with students.

“It’s quite an honor to have Secretary Tennyson visit with us and particularly to spend time with the students,” said Dr. Barry Burks, vice chancellor for Research and Economic Development. “It’s important for the students to know that their innovative ideas, work and research for CHPP are recognized by our governing leaders who count on our students to build and preserve our transportation system.”

Tennyson’s visit will also coincide with the Aggie Shark Tank: Innovation in Transportation and Construction competition. Adopted from the ABC reality television series in which aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in hopes of receiving funding, Aggie Shark Tank will operate on the same premise.

Students were invited to submit their ideas based on themes such as sustainability and resilience in construction and transportation, innovative materials, recycling and re-use, safety, multimodal freight movements, energy efficient construction and transportation, reduced greenhouse gases, risk mitigation and other related subject matter.

Participants submitted a single slide describing their idea including its significance and use as well as the problem it address and paid an entry fee of $5. Finalists will present their ideas from 2 – 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22 in the Fort IRC building, room 410. Secretary Tennyson will offer remarks and present student award certificates. Prizes for the competition range from $500 to $1,000.

CHPP is aimed at providing a new platform for accelerating innovation in highway pavement preservation. The center will further the goal of increasing the reliability and performance of the nation’s highways.