On Friday, April 24, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Center for Transportation Research to meet with graduate students and faculty. The Secretary learned how the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Tier 1 University Transportation Center grant program and other CTR projects and programs are advancing world-class transportation research and innovations. Foxx spent the morning with leaders from UT Austin, the Texas Department of Transportation and local industry representatives.

At the Cockrell School, faculty and researchers are leading the way in transportation areas such as connected and autonomous vehicles, wireless networking, traffic modeling, transportation planning and more.

As U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Foxx leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime and surface transportation. His primary goal is to ensure that the United States maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world.