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Vehicle operating dynamics data have a fundamental impact on the design of roadways, but collecting this type of data is not part of your typical college curriculum. Instead, engineering students are handed a textbook, leaving them without a firsthand experience of how accelerations and decelerations “feel” to the driver, the ultimate consumer of their designs. Seeking to change this norm, Roger Lindgren and C.J. Riley, civil engineering professors at the Oregon Institute of Technology, undertook a NITC education project to incorporate more real-world data collection and analysis into transportation courses. This webinar will offer a detailed look at the recently published project "Instructional Modules for Obtaining Vehicle Dynamics Data with Smartphone Sensors" and how you can implement it into your coursework.


Dr. Roger Lindgren is a native of Edmonton, Canada and has over twenty years of engineering and teaching experience. His research interests include traffic flow theory, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), microscopic simulation of urban and rural traffic, as well as pavement design and construction. Dr. Lindgren's doctoral research included empirical studies of freeway traffic data in an effort to extend the knowledge and understanding of traffic features in queued and congested flow. Dr. Lindgren joined the faculty at Oregon Tech. in 1999 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in transportation engineering as well as lower-division courses in engineering fundamentals.

Jordan Preston is finishing a co-terminal BS/MS in civil engineering with a minor in GIS at Oregon Tech. Her graduate project is a Complete Streets corridor study that includes design principles from a summer bicycle transportation course in Europe. The development of these instructional modules with smartphone technology was the first of her two NITC research projects. Second, she is on the multi-institutional team with “Rethinking Streets for Bikes,” assisting in development of a visual, evidence-based book focused on excellent bicycle-oriented street retrofits, which will be completed this year. Jordan has accepted a position with HLA Engineering and Land Surveying in Yakima, WA, which is a small, private firm specializing in municipal engineering projects, which she will start in July.


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Curriculum and Instruction | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning | Transportation Engineering

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Webinar: Firsthand Data Collection: Students Get Behind the Wheel of Vehicle Dynamics