Often, I get the sense that the general public doesn’t quite understand the connection transportation has with STEM and future career opportunities. A recent (and familiar) example is a parent who heard about the concept of the transportation workforce and said: “With no disrespect to bus drivers, but I don’t want my child to become a bus driver." We haven’t done a great job of reaching out to our communities to inform them of the plethora of potential careers and jobs to be found in transportation, in general, but TSMO more specifically.
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It is not my first time attending TRB conference. If the previous experiences were good, attending it with National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) makes it absolutely excellent! As the winner of the NOCoE ePortfolio Award, I am so grateful and honored to be recognized in the conference. Back at home in Alabama for a few days, I have been able to quiet down and reflect on the experience.
The What, Why, and How of Cybersecurity for Information Technology and Operational Technology - February 8, 2018 at 1pm ET
This webinar will cover the basics of cybersecurity to help agencies differentiate the similarities and unique aspects between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT).
The TRB 2018 annual meeting demonstrated the importance of knowledge sharing across our entire industry. But it also proved, to me, just how strong the needle is moving in the area of TSMO.
There are a plethora of TSMO focused activities at TRB next week. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you stay TSMO focused while in Washington, DC:
The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program are excited to announce a competition for students to work directly with state and local DOTs to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions.
This week marks the second annual National Traffic Incident Awareness Week and NOCoE is proud to participate again this year. This effort, led by FHWA with participation from state and local agencies across the country, strives to honor those who've died responding to incidents, acknowledge the risk taken every day by responders who serve on our roadways, and increase the public's awareness of the importance of traffic incident management.
My grandfather worked for both PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike as a bridge foreman. Toward the end of his career, he prided himself on describing his job as “being responsible for all the bridges on the Turnpike between Somerset and the Ohio Line.” Whenever I drive over them on my travels back home, I think of him and the importance of keeping those bridges maintained to keep traffic moving and people safe.