The Department of Transportation’s new Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) program mandates that computing, communications, electronics, and other advanced technologies be applied to improving the capacity and safety of the nation’s transportation system. In order to put these technologies into practice, new generation transportation engineers need a set of multidisciplinary engineering skills that are not typically included in a civil engineering-based education program.
In response to this need, NIATT developed Traffic Signal Summer Camp (TSSC), an intensive five-day experience in which twelve top transportation engineering students from the U.S. and abroad have the opportunity to work hands-on with the latest traffic signal control hardware and software. Each of the camp's five days focus on a specific aspect of advanced traffic signal systems, and includes a blend of lecture, lab, and hands-on exercises. NIATT conducted two TSSC camps, both held on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, ID. The first was held in August of 2000 and the second in August of 2001.