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  Penn State named key partner in Federal Highway Administration project to study truck platooning
The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) is one of seven key partners recently selected to participate in Phase 1 of a Truck Platooning Early Deployment Assessment, part of a recent Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) made by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The $499,878 award will be used to help industry and agency partners understand how truck platoons operate in realistic, operational environments.
The project will be led by Battelle and funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) in cooperation with the FHWA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Other key team partners include the Center for Automotive Research, SAE International, Saia LTL Freight, Volvo Group, and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Now through November 2019, the team will perform detailed planning and team building to develop proposals for consideration during Phase 2 of the project.
If awarded to participate in Phase 2 of the project, the team will then execute plans, collect data, and conduct evaluations of truck platoons driven by professional drivers delivering commercial goods.
Head named for Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering
Jean Paul Allain has been named the inaugural head of the recently established Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, effective July 1. He will hold the Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Plasma Medicine in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, as well as the positions of an Institute for Cyber Science faculty co-hire, and professor of biomedical engineering by courtesy.
Allain was a professor and the associate head of graduate programs in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also led the Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Laboratory. Allain was also professor of Bioengineering, the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab, the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, and an affiliate of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at Illinois.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from Illinois.
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