Education and Workforce Development
Education and workforce development are central to the programmed themes of SOLARIS. All four of the partner universities have existing undergraduate and graduate programs with a transportation focus. All of the institutions have students and alumni that are active in the transportation community. In addition, the partners bring extensive educational expertise in transportation-related and theme-related areas.
The education and workforce development plan is structured to achieve the following goals:
- Enhance existing transportation undergraduate and graduate programs by including new course materials in sustainability and mobility for large sparse rural-urban regions including infrastructure sustainability, resilience, freight movement, and border operations
- Hold workshops, conferences, and continuing education courses that focus on advances in multi-modal infrastructure development, sustainability, and operations - to transfer new research knowledge to the public, industry, and academic communities
- Hold summer camps, internship programs, and provide fellowships to attract a new generation of professionals to the transportation profession,
- Prepare students for careers in transportation and facilitate the placement of successful graduates in government, industry, and academic organizations
Existing degree programs
The University of Nevada, Reno offers a variety of degree programs related to transportation:
In addition to degree programs, researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are involved in K-12 outreach activities, including summer camp programs, that expose students to engineering-related research. For more information on outreach activities, please visit the College of Engineering summer camp webpage.