The Southern Plains Transportation Center Early Career Development Program awarded up to two projects to teams of tenure-track faculty from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to solicit and develop new research opportunities to advance the transportation systems in the state and the nation. The goal of the program is to provide seed funding to promote collaboration between tenure-track faculty members at OSU and OU and allow them to obtain additional funding, publish joint papers, and cross-train students.
CEES assistant professor Royce Floyd in partnership with Drs. Yongwei Shan (lead and OSU PI), Qiang "Joshua" Li, and Phil Lewis from OSU received a one year grant for their proposal entitled "Assessing the Impact of Climate on Bridge Deck Deterioration." The $25,200 grant is split evenly between OU and OSU. The project objective is to assess the deterioration of bridge decks in Oklahoma by incorporating climate data into current assessment strategies using integration and statistical analyses of National Bridge Inventory and Oklahoma Mesonet data.