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Affiliated Centers

LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs has worked in partnership with CTR on a number of funded research studies on topics such as the movement of goods, ports, terminals, and multimodal and intermodal facilities. Researchers at CTR and the LBJ School have undertaken additional, significant studies that support recognition of the critical role that freight transport plays in the national economy. Visit the LBJ School website.

Community and Regional Planning (CRP)

The Community and Regional Planning (CRP) group is housed within the School of Architecture. The CRP program studies the growth and development of cities and regions, including topics related to city planning methods, theory, law, and finance. Researchers at CRP have performed work recently on transportation social equity, accessibility, and health care planning. Information on CRP.

Electric Vehicles - Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) 

The Electric Vehicles - Transportation and Electricity Convergence (EV-TEC) center is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center started in 2010.  More than 20 faculty members from both UT Austin and Texas A&M are involved in the effort. EV-TEC takes a unique systems approach to the study of a future where plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are widespread. Researchers consider the technical aspects of PEV deployment along with a variety of socioeconomic, commercial, environmental, regulatory, planning and industrial factors, which need to be understood and carefully coordinated in order to maximize the opportunity for economic and societal benefit brought about by these vehicles. Visit the EV-TEC Web site.

Center for Electromechanics (CEM)

UT's Center for Electromechanics (CEM) is a world-class center for modeling, analyzing, designing, and fabricating advanced electrical power generation and distribution systems. The center staff includes researchers recognized as world leaders in the development of advanced energy storage and power generation rotating machines for both intermittent and continuous duty applications. 

The CEM research staff interacts with industry on the time-scale industry needs, using a wide range of models of interaction with companies and government agencies to respond to changing needs. The center engages in both fundamental and applied research in the areas of electromagnetics, electromechanical devices, power electronics, and advanced materials, developing leading-edge concepts and technology for generation, storage and use of electric and mechanical energy. Visit the CEM website.

Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR)

The Center for Water Resources (CRWR) is a regional center for water-related research, education, planning, and design. CRWR serves as the central focus for environmental and water resources research at the university, performing studies in advanced research, education, design, and planning in water resources and waste management.

Research is focused on Texas but includes issues of national and international interest, serving as a regional center for water-related research, education, planning, and practical design, sharing experience and providing support to graduate students of the university by involving them in applied research. CRWR and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) established a consortium for developing and implementing new Geographic Information System (GIS) capabilities in water resources. Visit the CRWR website.

Construction Industry Institute (CII)

Construction Industry Institute (CII), a research consortium based at UT Austin with a mission of improving the safety, quality, schedule, and cost effectiveness of constructed projects, has a strong position as a national forum for construction industry research. Research remains its primary function. CII is a consortium of leading owners and contractors who have joined together to find better ways of planning and executing capital construction programs.

CII's mission is to improve the cost effectiveness of the capital facility project life cycle, from pre-project planning through completion and commissioning. By collaborating on important industry issues and by providing guidance on best practices discovered through research, CII members are collectively an industry forum for the engineer-procure-construct process. Visit the CII website.

Construction Materials Research Group (CMRG) and the Concrete Durability Center (CDC)

CMRG and CDC seek to integrate education for civil engineers with advancement in construction materials technology. These research groups are dedicated to advancing the state of the art in construction materials technology and concrete durability through research and development. Funded projects encompass a wide range of concrete materials design, analysis, and testing. The lab’s researchers are leaders in research studies in concrete durability, use of aggregates in concrete, virtual testing/proportioning of concrete mixtures, and concrete repair. Research at

CMRG has developed a smart polymer concrete that responds “intelligently” to stimuli such as strain and temperature. Other projects include evaluating mitigation strategies for internal expansion mechanisms in concrete, investigating methods to control shrinkage cracking in concrete bridge decks, and proportioning concrete mixtures with an emphasis on high micro fines contents. Research studies also focus on integrating realistic aggregate properties at the NIST-developed Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory, and developing a more practical method for measuring the workability of concrete, especially low slump concretes. Visit the CMRG-CDC website.

Geotechnical Engineering

The geotechnical engineering program, which focuses on the study of soils and rocks, is part of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at The University of Texas at Austin. Examples of geotechnical studies include the design of foundations for structures, tunneling, disposal of waste products by burial in the ground, and design of earth dams. The UT Austin geotechnical research program maintains a balance between the experimental, analytical, theoretical, and applied aspects of geotechnical engineering. The program is designed to offer a broad range of activities, with a solid basis in the core areas of geotechnical engineering and opportunities for students to participate in research at the forefront of developments in the field. Visit the Geotechnical website.

International Center for Aggregates Research (ICAR)

The International Center for Aggregates Research (ICAR) serves the industry as a forum for research and discussion, where aggregates stakeholders can seek answers to industry concerns. In addition, the center provides the industry with the knowledge to put the latest aggregates technology into practice. ICAR is the voice of the aggregates industry in the research community and serves as a facilitator for determining the most effective use of aggregates in design, specification, and construction.

ICAR's mission is enhanced by the participation of state DOT and federal agency representatives in formulating the research program. An advisory board of directors, representing the industry, UT Austin, and Texas A&M, provides guidance for the program. ICAR’s research efforts are directed by seven task forces, consisting of representatives from industry, academia, government, and professional organizations. Visit the ICAR website.

Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab (FSEL)

Located on the J. J. Pickle Research Campus, the Ferguson Structural Lab is a facility dedicated to improving the analysis, design, and construction of buildings, bridges, and special structures.

FSEL is one of the largest and most active structural engineering facilities in the world. The lab contains a wide range of loading equipment, enabling large-scale studies of structural behavior. It is managed by a team of distinguished faculty with a rotating directorship. Researchers at FSEL are finding cost-effective ways to renew or rehabilitate the nation’s bridges.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, bridges and other special-purpose structures are tested under stresses such as earthquakes.  The laboratory has expanded its experimental facilities to help improve the durability of the civil infrastructure, study the response of structures under fire, blast, and impact loads, and develop new capabilities in nondestructive testing. New design approaches, materials, and computational techniques are used to meet engineering challenges.

Practical laboratory experience is an important component of the graduate program in structural engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Research assistants at FSEL perform experimental research and study structural behavior by observing specimen response under the guidance of faculty advisors. FSEL sponsors many part-time graduate research assistants each year. Visit the FSEL website.

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