“RAC 101” An Introduction to the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee 26 July 2010.
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“RAC 101” An Introduction to the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee 26 July 2010
CURRICULUM Intro – Skip SCOR/RAC web site; new member handbook; resources – Amy Peer Exchanges – Barnie Coop Research Programs – Chris Seven Keys – Gary TRB State Reps – Moy Mentoring Program – Skip Q&A - all
Background: l Established 1987 l Advisors to SCOR l Research Directors from each AASHTO member department l Appointed by member DOT CEO l Predominately highway-oriented AASHTO Vision: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials will be the voice for transportation and a catalyst for institutional and technical excellence.
RAC Mission “To promote quality and excellence in research and in the application of research findings to improve state transportation systems.”
RAC Responsibilities: l Demonstrate the value of research l Facilitate deployment of new technologies l Collect and disseminate information on current and completed research l Conduct peer exchanges on best practices for research management l Assist SCOR developing annual NCHRP
Officers: l Chair and Vice Chair appointed by AASHTO President l SCOR and RAC Secretary: Director of the TRB Cooperative Research Programs Leadership Team: l RAC Chair l RAC Vice Chair l Four Regional RAC Chairs l RAC Secretary
Task Forces Administration Coordination & Collaboration Value of Research Program Management Funding Transportation Knowledge Networks Peer Exchange (dissolved)
Policies And Procedures: l Operating Guidelines l Each Regional RAC has its own objectives, policies and procedures, or by-laws. Meetings: l January during TRB l National Summer meeting
Role of Parent body: SCOR “AASHTO’s driving force for transportation research and innovation” l Keep informed on transportation research l Solicit, evaluate, select NCHRP problem statements l Encourage effective use of research funding, and recommend appropriate funding levels l Serve as forum and advocate l Review, monitor, and foster coordination
SCOR Membership: l Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson appointed by the AASHTO President. l Secretary: Director of TRB Research Progs. l 2 Senior Administrators from each AASHTO region l 2 Research Directors from each AASHTO region l Affiliate & ex-officio members
MENTORING PROGRAM RAC Secretary sends welcoming letter Regional chair talks to new member and assigns mentor Mentor/new member talk on monthly basis covering various aspects of RAC and research program administration Mentor assists new member in preparation for the annual summer meeting; participate together in RAC 101 Mentor/new member provide feedback