The analysis and evaluation of the condition and performance of our transportation systems require of trained professionals that can understand the many fundamentals factors that make those systems thrive and must realize the social, cultural and political implications of transportation decisions.

The University of Purdue and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) signed a Collaboration Agreement in 2012 to formalize a partnership between the two institutions to promote the instruction, research, and related activities in transportation. The partnership has served to institute a Summer Exchange Research Program with the assistance of the Federal Highway Administration Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship Program. The Agreement activities are administered by the University of Purdue and the UPRM Transportation Technology Transfer Center.


UPRM students John A. Matos and Alexander Molano participated in the Exchange Program during the Summer 2013. During the eight-week period, the students traveled to the Purdue campus to work actively in the development and execution of a transportation-related research study. A faculty advisor was assigned to each student to provide guidance and help them develop their research during the course of the internship.  At the end of the period, the students present their research findings and conclusions to faculty, students, and staff in both universities.