NOCoE News: Transportation Technology Tournament Now Open for Participants

January 6, 2022
By: Adam Hopps
Interim Managing Director
For the fifth year, NOCoE is hosting the Transportation Technology Tournament with the U.S. DOT ITS JPO's Professional Capacity Building Program.

The focus of the tournament is for students to work directly with transportation agencies to solve real-world transportation problems using ITS and TSMO solutions.

With the tournament now open, we are asking students to:
  1. Visit the Transportation Technology Tournament website to learn about the opportunity and research past projects and teams. 
  2. Form a team at your school and start considering challenge problems. 
  3. Sign up by March 11, 2022. 
We are asking transportation agencies to
  1. View past projects on the Transportation Technology Tournament website to see the incredible work done by student teams on real-world challenges. 
  2. Provide us with several challenge problems in your agency or system that can be addressed by student teams during this year's tournament. 
Please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions. We are more than happy to help you connect with participating agencies or student teams or answer any other questions about the tournament. 
Workforce Resources
TDOT Reconnect Program
TDOT Reconnect is a continuing education program for TDOT employees to develop transportation related skills, access career advancement opportunities, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or furthering education.

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a Transportation Systems Technology Certificate from the technical college and a 5% salary increase.

Defining the TSMO Workforce Pipeline
By Stephanie Ivey, PhD

•While the TSMO Industry continues to draw from traditional workforce pipelines, to fully realize the benefits and meet future demands, workforce pipeline sources must be diversified.
•Many transportation agencies face challenges in building a pipeline specific to TSMO because of organizational structure limitations, dated hiring practices, and varied TSMO awareness throughout the agency.
•Best practices for developing the TSMO workforce pipeline include innovative partnerships, expanding depth and breadth of current development activities, and targeting a variety of diverse communities.

Proceedings from the 2nd Transportation Systems Management And Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development Summit
On September 20 and 23, 2021, the 2nd Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Workforce Development Summit was held virtually with participation from a broad range of industry representatives. Presentations, case studies, group discussions and breakout groups were hosted to discuss themes such as:
•How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is essential to a strong TSMO workforce
•The importance of Pre-Employment Education
•How The TSMO Guidebook is assisting agencies

Read the full proceedings report at

Mainstreaming TSMO
Upcoming NOCoE Webinars
NOCoE Team
Adam Hopps
Interim Managing Director
Niloo Parvinashtiani
Technical Services: Webinars and Peer Exchanges
Faisal Saleem Chosen as New NOCoE Director

Faisal Saleem has been selected as the new Director for the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE). He will begin his role in mid-January of 2022.


About the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE)

NOCoE provides services to the transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) community to saves lives, improve travel times, and enhance economic vitality. With an emphasis on workforce development, NOCoE aims to assist in the deployment of technologies and the mainstreaming of TSMO solutions by fostering education, networking, communication, and knowledge transfer.

For more information, please visit
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National Operations Center of Excellence
555 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Ph: 202.624.5478

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