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Centers of innovation : the year in review 2008.
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Centers of innovation : the year in review 2008.
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    The year in review 2008
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    As the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center approaches its

    40th year of service to the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) and

    the Nation, it is a good time to both reflect upon some of our most significant

    contributions during the past 12 months and to look ahead to an even brighter

    future under the new Centers of Innovation (COI) structure of the Volpe

    Center. The COIs present greater opportunities for research and technology

    synergy, both within and outside U.S. DOT, and increase the effectiveness of the

    Volpe Center’s crossmodal and multimodal capabilities. The new structure also

    institutionalizes and strengthens the Center’s ability to anticipate future transportation

    challenges to expand U.S. DOT’s horizon and to show how innovation

    can arise from creative and collaborative use of internal and external assets.

    This annual review breaks from previous editions, with our accomplishments

    now aligned by the eight COIs. Although activities are listed under individual

    COIs, many projects, programs, and initiatives, in reality, cut across multiple

    COIs and benefit more than one national goal. The achievements contained

    in this document illustrate the Volpe Center’s vital role as a unique Federal

    resource within the Department’s Research and Innovative Technology

    Administration (RITA), an organization that continues to earn respect and

    appreciation from clients and stakeholders across all modes of transportation.

    The Center is committed to helping its clients achieve their goals through safer,

    simpler, and smarter transportation solutions. The projects identified in this

    document exemplify the Volpe Center’s tradition of providing outstanding

    support to U.S. DOT, other organizations in the Executive Branch, and the

    broader transportation community.

    2008 has been an exciting year at the Volpe Center. Perhaps it is fitting that, in a

    year when we celebrated the 100th birthday of our namesake, John Volpe, the

    restructured Volpe Center looks forward to continued growth and service to the

    transportation enterprise. Secretary Volpe was an innovator, a builder, and a true

    visionary—virtues that our staff seek to infuse in all their work.

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