College of Business and Economics

Transportation Awareness Day

 

CATM Holds First Annual Transportation Awareness Day

On April 9, 2019, the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Transportation Institute and the Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility hosted its first annual Transportation Awareness Day (TAD). The event ran from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and was located at the BB&T Stadium on the university's campus. With free admission and open to the general public, the event was attended by over 3000 youth, who ranged from third grade to high school students, from 34 local schools. TAD premiered in conjunction with N.C. A&Ts 10th annual Energy Day, which featured the Oak Ridge National Lab Traveling Science Fair.

TAD included various interactive exhibits by transportation entities from around the state. Greensboro Transit Authority brought one of their new greenbuses for the kids to explore. N.C. Department of Transportation and Duke Power provided assorted construction equipment and educational displays. Volvo Truck let the kids climb behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler they parked on-site. The complete list of exhibitors is:

  • Greensboro Transit Authority
  • N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Volvo Truck
  • The Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
  • N.C. A&T Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • UNC-CH Highway Safety Research Center
  • North Carolina Clean Transportation Initiatives
  • N.C. A&T Department of Electrical Engineering
  • Lime Bike Project
  • N.C. A&T College of Engineering Auto Drive Project
  • Cisco
  • Professional pilots
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers

Teresa McRae, Program Manager for N.C. A&T Transportation Institute said:

"We were fortunate and grateful to be able to premiere Transportation Awareness Day at the popular N.C. A&T Energy Day. The two occasions added to each other. We hope to make Transportation Awareness Dayan annual event to draw attention to the importance of transportation in our society. It is also our goal to make our youth aware of the many and rewarding educational and career paths in transportation areas.”

TAD was sponsored by the Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility (CATM) which is a consortium including N.C. A&T, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dr. Maranda McBride, the Director of N.C. A&T’s Transportation Institute in the College of Business and Economics is the director of CATM and N.C. A&T leads the consortium.