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Answering the toughest transportation questions

Research helps public agencies plan and prioritize road maintenance projects

The nation’s social and economic lifeblood rumbles along on 2.6 million miles of paved roads.1 Yet the economic importance of any given highway is difficult to quantify. If a snowstorm socks the region, does it cost more to keep a highway clear or shut it down for a day? Is a damaged road really worth repairing?

Kenneth Casavant, professor of economics at WSU Pullman, knows how to find the answers.

His current research aims to put these answers right at the fingertips of the decision-makers who need them.

Dr. Casavant is the director of the … » More …

Testing next-generation energy technologies

Smart grid lab seeks ways to thwart blackouts, save energy, and deliver on customer preferences

Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies and address the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid. Working with a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, they are building a model city of the future with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

Leading the effort is Chen-Ching Liu, director of WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center. Working closely with Battelle/Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Avista, and other partners, … » More …

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