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Technology Transfer

The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center at South Carolina State University includes a Technology, Training and Transfer program. This program is designed to provide technical training and information to public agencies and institutions in South Carolina and the nation. More specifically, the program provides technical assistance to rural communities throughout South Carolina, institutions of higher education, and assists the university with establishing education programs. In the past three years, the T3 program has conducted training for transit providers, hosted and produced numerous workshops at colleges and universities in South Carolina and was instrumental in organizing special training for Disadvantaged Black Entrepreneurs. A major thrust of the program is to expand the volume and quality of transportation research findings to all potential users. For additional information on the service, call Lamar Tisdale at 803-536-8863 or e-mail ltisdale@scsu.edu.

Certificate Program Overview

During February 2000, Center staff met with the SC DOT Mass Transit Division to discuss the framework for developing certificate programs in transit management, operations, and logistics. As a result, several training and technology transfer needs were identified and an agreement was reached whereby the Center began training/technology transfer activities during August 2000. The Center will also recommend appropriate training requirements to the SCDOT for qualifying individuals in the categories as Transportation Specialist I and II, Operations Specialist I and II, and Transportation Manager I and II. These categories and titles will be revisited following completion of a needs assessment study.

On July 1, 2000, the Division of Mass Transit contracted with the UTC to develop and teach certificate programs that transit providers would use to obtain certification from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Prior to developing the certificate programs, the Center is to conduct a needs assessment to determine the training needs of SC transit providers. On July 5, 2000 the needs assessment was approved by the SC Mass Transit and was distributed to transit providers in the state shortly thereafter.

Science and Technology Day Overview

In collaboration with the South Carolina State University (SCSU) College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology (CSME), the UTC, with assistance from the Technical Advisory Council, has implemented the Statewide Transportation Competition for secondary school students. Activities for the competition will focus in the fields of math, science, engineering, and transportation.

Science and Technology Day was conceived as a means of promoting middle and high school student’s interest in science, mathematics, engineering, transportation and technology and familiarizing these students with SCSU programs and curricula. During the 2005 competition, students will be given science projects and compete at the district and state levels. Each project team can have a maximum of three members. Several SCSU College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology faculty and transportation center staff and students will be assigned to each school as mentors and technical advisors. The students may choose one of the following for their science projects: CO2 Dragster, Solar Powered Cars Design, Media Design, and Hovercraft.

Faculty Research Forum Series

The Faculty Research Forum is an ongoing effort to increase South Carolina State University faculty involvement in transportation basic and applied research through the James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (JECUTC). These forums will be held every second Tuesday of the month (September through May) in the JECUTC training room.

The forum focused on research opportunities with the JECUTC, Grant Management, and research-mentoring program. The forum also included transportation research opportunities with federal, state, local, and private industries that are engaged in transportation research activities. These Forums facilitated networking and sharing of research results and needs in order to improve both the mentoring program and the research selection process.

Each session focused on a major topic as it relates to grants management, proposal writing, research results and research presentations.