UDOT variable message sign. UDOT variable message sign.

Covid and Transportation: Student Projects

For their term projects this semester, the students in my Intro to Transportation class wrote blog posts summarizing the effects of COVID on various dimensions of transportation. I think they did a great job overall; here are links to the blog posts by topic area:

I selected a blog post format for this assignment because I feel the students actually write too many technical reports as engineering majors. Not that these technical reports are unimportant, but a major role of engineers in modern society is to communicate with a less-technical or even a non-technical audience. And frankly, word processing documents are not the way most people read anything anymore. By writing in this more accessible and less formal medium, I hope the students can exercise these outreach muscles.

Also, I love the irony of the header image, which I pulled from the student post on highway operations. From a highway operations and safety persepective, slowing down is exactly what coronavirus did not do, but it probably should have.

Greg Macfarlane
Greg Macfarlane
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.