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Transportation Research Board 2021 Annual Report (2022)

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14 / TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT Growing Transportation Careers at All Levels Through its collaborative structure, TRB is an ideal home for informal mentoring. From a first job through experience as a seasoned expert, TRB connects professionals to colleagues within their industry and in the larger trans- portation field. The Minority Student Fellows Program welcomed another outstanding class to the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting. Graduate-lev- el aviation students present and publish work in TRR through close work with advisors in the ACRP Graduate Research Awards. Undergradu- ate students are eligible for ACRP’s University Design competition. For the past three years, TRB has been con- ducting a large in-person transportation career fair, Careers in Motion, at the Annual Meeting— along with an ongoing comprehensive slate of programming to cultivate top-notch profession- al development skills—to better serve the needs of young professionals and seasoned job seek- ers. TRB held its first virtual Careers in Motion Networking Fair in 2021, with nearly 30 employ- ers participating. The virtual platform allowed for easier access to candidates from across the globe, featured phone and video functionality, and enabled employers to interact with hun- dreds of job seekers. The career fair once again offered opportunities for experts to review and provide feedback on job seekers’ resumes. Supporting the Workforce CRP publications offer practical insights and frameworks for transportation practitioners. Research is often divided by mode of transpor- GOAL 5 Workforce Development

TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT / 15 tation; however, the issues cross industry lines. Popular research reports in 2021 focused on cultivating talent, strengthening resilience, and improving DE&I in the industry. • ACRP Research Report 230: Enhancing Academic Programs to Prepare Future Airport Industry Professionals offers guidance for airport professionals and academia in preparing graduates for careers as airport industry professionals. ACRP Research Report 232: Playbook for Cultivating Talent in the Airport Environment provides inspiring, proven, and readily implementable tech- niques for airport leaders and managers. NCHRP Synthesis 567: Summary State DOT Practices for Developing and Implementing TSMO Plans documents current practices related to the development and implementa- tion of transportation systems management and operations plans. • NCHRP Research Report 970: Mainstreaming System Resilience Concepts into Transporta- tion Agencies: A Guide offers a tool for agen- cies to self-assess their efforts to improve the resilience of the transportation system through mainstreaming resilience concepts into agency decision making and procedures. NCHRP Research Report 976: Resilience Prim- er for Transportation Executives outlines the state transportation CEO’s role in resilience and presents approaches taken in various states, along with concepts and tools. • TCRP Research Report 228: Resource Guide for Improving Diversity and Inclusion Pro- grams for the Public Transportation Industry covers how diversity programs at transit agencies have evolved; how inclusion has been incorporated; and what policies, plans, and practices have been successfully imple- mented. A TRB blog post on transportation workforce diversity further outlines TRB resources in the field.⁸ In many cases, COVID-19 affected transporta- tion workers more than those in other profes- sions, with many employees deemed critical from the beginning of the pandemic. In early 2021, TRB published a blog post on resources available to keep the workforce safe and healthy. Another blog post examined resources to improve the safety of active work zones. Interactive and Inclusive Learning Opportunities Every year, TRB offers professional develop- ment to thousands of participants through an extensive webinar program. More than 150 credit hours were offered via professional development accreditation services across TRB’s more than 100 total webinars in 2021. TRB webinars have a loyal following: More than 80 percent of attendees join regularly, and the satisfaction rate remains above 90 percent. This year more than 18,800 state DOT employ- ees attended TRB webinars, receiving more than 2,700 total accreditation hours. State DOT employees in California, North Carolina, and Wisconsin led the pack in taking advantage of the courses freely available to sponsors. While addressing a number of specific technical issues challenging transportation professionals, TRB offered five webinars for improving DE&I, six related directly to eco- nomic recovery, and eight focused on reducing and preparing for climate change. To ensure TRB webinars are reflective of the transporta- tion research community, an emphasis was placed on diverse perspectives and equity con- Twenty-five Minority Student Fellows from 17 minority-serv- ing institutions presented posters at the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting. Three fellows’ papers were published in TRR. Two received the Alumni Scholarship Award to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting. This was the most successful interaction I had at a virtual show. Careers in Motion is an excellent networking event to have at the TRB Annual Meeting. It allows us time to meet one-on-one with individual candidates. —Amy Gilleece, National Events Leader Advisory, PM/CM, Transportation, WSP USA

16 / TRB 2021 AnnuAl RepoRT siderations in the guidelines for proposing and presenting webinar topics. Research contractors are likely to be most successful and produce results relevant to all users when they bring diverse perspectives and experiences to their teams and research plans. To help broaden the expertise and diversity needed to conduct ACRP research, staff launched ACRP Project Teaming Opportunities, a forum that allows diverse business owners and a wide range of research specialists to easily identify themselves and find each other to team up, even before a project is started. Putting Research to Work Eagle River Union Airport is in the middle of a popular fishing, hiking, biking, and outdoor adventure destination in Wisconsin’s North- woods. Rob Hom, Eagle River Union Airport manager, saw a potential for missed fuel sales through self-serve fueling equipment and turned to ACRP Research Report 192: Airport Management Guide for Providing Aircraft Fuel- ing Services. “Though we had anticipated that this in- frastructure improvement would enhance our services and reduce operational expenses, the economic analysis tools included in the report really saved time and effort to present useful information to assist with the decision-making process,” says Hom. TOp FivE wEBiNARS BY NuMBER OF pARTiCipANTS • Redesigning Transit Networks for the New Mobility Future (613) • Addressing Justice in Transportation (569) • Fixing the Bump at the End of the Bridge (563) • Truck Assumptions for Roundabout Design (543) • Centering Seams—Maintaining Centerline Joints in Asphalt Pavements (492) Data as of October 2021.

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