announces funding for NIATT center
WASHINGTON The University of Idaho's National Institute
for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT) will receive a $680,000
award from the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to continue
its efforts in such areas as biodiesel fuel research and traffic signal
control technology, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo announced.
has been a proponent of NIATT in Congress, and as a member of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee, is working to ensure future
funding authorization for the institute in S. 1072, the Highway Reauthorization
bill. The funding announced today comes through a FY 2004 appropriation
secured by members of the Idaho Congressional Delegation.
"The NIATT at the University of Idaho is a first-rate facility
that has been internationally recognized for its unique and important
contributions to transportation," Crapo said. "As Congress
debates a reauthorization of the nation's transportation bill, importance
of this institute and others like it to our transportation system should
not be underestimated.
"NIATT's research efforts work to confront and solve
important transportation challenges including traffic flow, fuel economy
and our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Student designs and research
continue to translate into usable solutions and technologies. This funding
will help NIATT to continue its important mission."
As part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21),
Congress named NIATT as a university-based center of excellence, making
the institute eligible to receive University Transportation Center (UTC)
Program grants. During ongoing negotiations on the transportation reauthorization
bill, Crapo has fought to maintain that designation as well as increase
authorization funding for UTCs.
NIATT is dedicated to advancing U.S. technology and expertise in the
many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of
education, research and technology transfer. More than 200 University
of Idaho students, faculty, and staff from all the departments in the
College of Engineering participate in one or more parts of NIATT's program.