Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

April Gray

From Safe-D Student to Research Associate: Adam Novotny

Adam Novotny

Adam Novotny exemplifies how traditional education supplemented by hands-on work experience is the formula for success. Adam decided to come to Virginia Tech to pursue a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics after earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The College of New Jersey in 2018. He explains: “By the time I was graduating From Safe-D Student to Research Associate: Adam Novotny

Camp BUILD Visits TTI to Explore Engineering Careers

Photo of a group of students posting by the TTI building sign

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) hosted two groups of campers on June 23 and 30 from Texas A&M University’s Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Camp BUILD. TTI Senior Research Engineer Melisa Finley and Associate Research Engineer Debbie Albert organized the sessions with support from Texas A&M students and volunteers.

Zac Doerzaph speaks at Distracted Driving Summit

Zac Doerzaph

Safe-D director Zac Doerzaph wrapped up DRIVE SMART Virginia‘s 9th Annual Distracted Driving Summit with some great information on what is coming next in traffic safety: “Naturalistic driving data will be even more important in the future.”

Eric Glenn awarded the Virginia Tech Principles of Community Individual Recent Award

Eric Glenn

Safe-D program manager Eric Glenn was honored with the Virginia Tech Presidential Principles of Community Award for his work establishing the VTTI’s Road to Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (RIDE) Committee.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers to deploy smart work zone in Wise, Virginia

Daniel Burdisso and Will Vaughan

Designed to protect roadside workers and motorists, the work zone system creates a boundary and alerts workers when they approach its edge, keeping them safe from potential hazards.

Alexandria Rossi-Alvarez named University Transportation Center Student of the Year

Alexandria Rossi-Alvarez

Alexandria “Alli” Rossi-Alvarez, a doctoral student in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech conducting research at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), has been named a University Transportation Center (UTC) Student of the Year. She is a primary investigator on the Safe-D project Allusion 2.