CUTC - Council of University Transportation Centers

2021 CUTC
Summer Meeting

June 15-16, 2021

[online only]

Don’t worry, the Montana Summer Meeting has been moved to 2022. Mark your calendars for June 13-15, 2022. Learn More

About the Meeting

We hope you attended our annual CUTC Summer Meeting, but if you didn’t you can find the recordings below. The 2021 CUTC Summer Meeting followed in the footsteps of the COVID pandemic and stayed online this year. The first day was hosted by USDOT and the second day was coordinated by CUTC. 150 colleagues participated and productive conversations regarding UTC grant management; Changing the TIDE in Transportation; and discussions on Journal Submissions and Copyright Concerns were held. We also held our annual CUTC Business meeting and you will notice some newly elected leadership. A big thank you to all who participated!

UTC Director’s Meeting

[Recorded: June 15, 2021]

This session focused on Presidential priorities dealing with:

  • Climate Change
  • Racial Equality
  • President Biden’s American Jobs Plan designed to rebuild our Nation’s transportation infrastructure
  • Vision Zero Initiative
  • Future UTC guest speaker series
  • UTC Congressional report

Attendees: Center Directors (required), all other CUTC members are welcome to attend.

UTC Grant Management

[Recorded: June 15, 2021]

Hear updates from USDOT staff regarding UTC program management including:

  • Effects of COVID-19 on UTC Grants – Amy Stearns, UTC Grant Manager, USDOT and Denise Dunn, UTC Grant Manager, USDOT
  • UTC Guest Speaker Series – Robin Kline, UTC Grant Manager
  • Diversity and Workforce Development – Dawn Tucker-Thomas, UTC Grant Manager
  • RiP/TRID Updates – Janet Daly, Indexing Manager, Transportation Research Board
  • Public Access Plan Update – Leighton Christensen, Librarian/Data Curator, OST-R/Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT

Attendees: Grant Administrators (highly encouraged), all other CUTC members are welcome to attend.

Journal Submissions and Copyright Concerns: Findings from the CUTC Survey

[Recorded: June 16, 2021]

This session includes a review of findings from the spring 2021 survey on publication and copyright issues with peer-reviewed journals. Led by your fellow UTC directors as well as Federal and State DOT representatives who have identified both challenges and possible solutions in publishing research with journals.


  • Tom O’Brien (Moderator) Executive Director, Center for International Trade and Transportation
  • Leighton Christiansen (Speaker) Librarian/Data Curator, OST-R/Bureau of Transportation Statistics, USDOT
  • Charles Ducker (Speaker) Senior Department Intellectual Property Counsel, Office of General Counsel, USDOT
  • Enid White(Speaker) Research Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation
  • Jennifer Herron (Speaker) Librarian, Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Jennifer Dill (Speaker) Director, TREC at Portland State University
  • Genevieve Giuliano (Speaker) Professor/Director, University of Southern California
  • Nicole Iroz-Elardo (Speaker) Assistant Research Professor, University of Arizona
  • Britt Holmen (Speaker) Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Vermont
  • Brian Taylor (Speaker) Professor of Urban Planning & Public Policy; Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

To view the other 4 webinars and learn more about this series go HERE

Changing the TIDE in Transportation – Webinar 5

[Recorded: June 16, 2021]

The TIDE Series Panel: Reflections and Pathways Forward. The panel, composed of the webinar series steering committee members, reflected on the objectives of the TIDE series with the panelists offering their insights about the evolution of the series from the beginning to now.

The panelists also reflected on their personal experiences in equity and research as well as discussed potential next steps in this series for CUTC. The panel and audience members added ideas for pathways in creating a more inclusive environment and incorporating equity in transportation research moving forward for both individual researchers as well as for university transportation centers.


  • Chandra Bhat (Moderator)Director, US DOT Center on Data-Supported Transportation Operations and Planning (D-STOP), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Carol Lewis (Panelist)Emeritus Director, Center for Transportation Training & Research, Texas Southern University
  • Juan Matute (Panelist) Associate Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • P.S. Sriraj (Panelist) Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Melissa Tooley (Panelist) Director of External Initiatives, Texas A&M Transportation Institute