What's HIP at WPI?

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) is designed to enhance knowledge in highway and transportation related fields including highway engineering and planning, pavement analysis and design, pavement management and rehabilitation, structural engineering, highway and roadside safety, construction materials technology, project management, information technology and environmental issues.

The WPI laboratories include a materials and structures lab, an asphalt technology lab with new Superpave equipment, a geotechnical lab, a structural mechanics impact lab and a water resources and environmental engineering lab. WPI has state-of-the-art computer and network facilities.

A number of federal and state agencies fund current and past research conducted in the HIP. Current projects include Side Impact Crash Testing, In-Service Performance of Traffic Barriers, Simulation of Roadside Safety Hardware, Superpave Technology, Pavement Smoothness and Ride Quality Measurement and Systems Approach to Evaluation of Adoption of Innovation for Transportation and Highway Environment.

WPI's HIP faculty include Leonard D. Albano, associate professor, P.E., Ph.D.; Tahar El-Korchi, professor, Ph.D.; Rajib B. Mallick, assistant professor, Ph.D.; Roberto Pietroforte, assistant professor, Ph.D.; Malcolm H. Ray, White Chair associate professor, Ph.D., P.E.; Guillermo F. Salazer, associate professor, Lic. Eng., Ph.D.; and John F. Carney, professor and provost, Ph.D.

The third-oldest private university of engineering, science and management in the United States, WPI has been a pioneer in technological higher education since its founding in 1865. When WPI was established, the college's primary goal was to convey science and engineering knowledge in ways that would be most useful to society. That emphasis continues to this day.