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TERRA: Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance

The Transportation Engineering and Road Research Alliance (TERRA) brings together government, industry, and academia in a dynamic partnership to advance innovations in road engineering and construction, including issues related to cold climates. TERRA’s research program is built on the principle of collaboration to meet research needs, and focuses on transforming the MnROAD facility from a Minnesota resource to a regional, national, and international research center. TERRA’s partnering efforts reach beyond Minnesota to include transportation organizations in other states and in Europe.

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CRREL: Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Their mission is to solve interdisciplinary, strategically important problems of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Army, DOD, and the Nation by advancing and applying science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates, with unique core competencies related to the Earth's cold regions.

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ACPA: American Concrete Pavement Association

American Concrete Pavement Association is the premier national trade organization for concrete paving contractors, cement and material producers, equipment manufacturers and any company with an interest in concrete airports, highways, roads, streets and industrial pavements.

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FHWA: Federal Highway Administration

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technol4ogically sound in the world.

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LTPP: Long Term Pavement Performance

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) RT&E program strives to generate new solutions, build more effective partnerships, and provide better information and tools for decisionmaking, which will enable the Nation to make the best investments in and enhance the U.S. transportation system. The FHWA’s role in the RT&E program is to provide leadership to address current and emerging needs facing the Nation’s transportation system. FHWA’s leadership role signifies a commitment to working collaboratively with its partners in defining the direction of and developing the roadmaps needed to achieve results, especially since these partners may at times be the ones implementing the technologies and innovations developed.

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MnDOT Materials Laboratory

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MnDOT: Minnesota Department of Transportation

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LRRB: Minnesota Local Road Research Board

The mission of the LRRB is to serve local road transportation practitioners through the development of new initiatives, the acquisition and application of new knowledge, and the exploration and implementation of new technologies.

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TRB: Transportation Research Board

The Transportation Research Board engages professionals worldwide in a broad range of interdisciplinary, multimodal activities to lay the foundation for innovative transportation solutions.

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CTS: University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies

CTS is a nationally prominent center that attracted more than $17 million in FY11 for research, education, and outreach programs. The Center works with more than 150 faculty and research staff from more than 30 departments– a spectrum of disciplines including engineering, planning, economics, public policy, computer science, human factors, and environmental studies. Funding sources include numerous federal, state, local, and private-sector sponsors.

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University of Minnesota Department of Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering is home to two major NSF-funded research centers. In 2002, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, one of the world's premier hydraulics research facilities, received a $19.3 million science and technology center grant from the National Science Foundation to launch the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics. This center brings together scientists from across many disciplines to study how erosion, sediment movement and other forces shape the planet's surface, and has placed the department on the forefront of the developing field of surface-process science.

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