News and Updates

This page contains news and updates from the CoR Committee co-chairs and Goal Group leaders.

CoR Member David Jared Promoted

posted Mar 2, 2015, 10:09 AM by Patrick Casey

Congratulations, David, on your recent promotion to Georgia DOT Assistant State Research Engineer!

COR Sponsored Sessions at TRB 2015

posted Jan 5, 2015, 1:50 PM by Hau Hagedorn   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 1:56 PM ]

Once again, we've compiled a Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting guide to Conduct of Research committee sponsored/co-sponsored paper or conference sessions, committee meetings, and sessions that may be of interest to those managing research programs. To make it easier, there is a calendar file at the bottom of this page (COR Sessions at TRB.ics) that you can download and add to your calendar! Check out the guide here:

CoR Seeks Session Ideas for 2015 TRB Annual Meeting

posted Jul 31, 2014, 3:25 PM by Linda Preisen   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 3:25 PM ]

CoR is actively seeking session ideas for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting. If you have an idea for a session that CoR could organize and sponsor, you are encouraged to contact committee chairs Jason Bittner at and Barbara Harder at to share your idea and/or volunteer to assist with session planning.

Minutes Available - July 2014 CoR Meeting

posted Jul 31, 2014, 3:22 PM by Linda Preisen   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 3:26 PM ]

The final meeting minutes from the July 11, 2014 Conduct of Research (CoR) Committee web access meeting have been posted at the CoR Meetings and Newsletters Web PagePlease mark your calendar for the next CoR meeting, scheduled for Friday September 12, 2014 from 11 AM – 1 PM Central (web access/conference call).

Join the New CoR LinkedIn Group

posted Feb 15, 2014, 8:58 AM by Patrick Casey   [ updated Feb 15, 2014, 9:04 AM ]

If you're a member of LinkedIn please join the TRB Conduct of Research Committee's new LinkedIn Group. Thanks to CoR member John Sangster for creating the group. Here are some reasons for members and Friends to join: (1) Put names to faces and see the professional profiles and relationships of your committee colleagues. (2) Link to colleagues and other transportation Groups to stay abreast of recent developments. (3) When you update your LinkedIn profile, other CoR members will see what you're up to. (4) Have an easy way to start discussions and make comments. (5) Let your colleagues know what's new in your world - post a comment when you join the Cor LinkedIn Group!

Agenda for Committee Meeting 1/14/14

posted Jan 7, 2014, 1:20 PM by Jason Bittner

I've attached the agenda for our committee meeting and also the current 2013 TRB Critical Issues.
I look forward to seeing you next week.

And don't forget to allow yourself time to participate in our Thursday morning workshop on the Ahead of the Curve program.

2014 TRB Guide

posted Dec 26, 2013, 10:52 AM by Hau Hagedorn

The Conduct of Research Committee's guide to TRB has been posted on our website. Please check it out to help determine which sessions will assist you in learning more about Research (on research).  Here is the link to the guide:

Conduct of Research Named a Blue Ribbon Committee!

posted Nov 4, 2013, 9:15 PM by Patrick Casey   [ updated Nov 4, 2013, 9:15 PM ]

The Conduct of Research Committee was selected as a 2014 Blue Ribbon Committee in an announcement by the Transportation Research Board Technical Activities Council.  Our committee was selected based on the strengths of our contributions to the overall transportation community.  

The TRB Technical Activities Council (TAC) Blue Ribbon Committees Program recognizes exemplary best practice standing committee activities and the volunteer efforts associated with those activities.  The Blue Ribbon Committees serve as role models, with committee Chairs and members sharing their experiences with others. 

Special thanks to Sue Sillick and especially Daniel Yeh for preparing our nomination!

The recognitions of TAC 2014 TAC Blue Ribbon Committees include the following:

·         Presentation of certificate to the committee Chair at Deen Lecture & Awards Session at 2014 TRB Annual Meeting

·         Name badge ribbons for committee members at 2014 Annual Meeting

·         Recognition in TRB Chairman’s Luncheon program and reserved seating for Blue Ribbon Committee Chairs

·         Recognition in TRB Annual Meeting issue of TR News

·         Use of 2014 TAC Blue Ribbon Committee logo by Committee on their website and materials

·         Possible request(s) for Blue Ribbon Committees to help mentor other committees

September 2013 CoR Meeting Minutes Available

posted Oct 11, 2013, 12:57 PM by Linda Preisen

Minutes from the September 13, 2013 TRB Conduct of Research (CoR) web access/conference call meeting are available on the Committee website at: Newsletters and Meetings. Committee action items are shown in red text.

James Bryant is new TRB staff liaison

posted Aug 1, 2013, 6:42 PM by Patrick Casey   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 6:46 PM ]

James Bryant, Ph.D., P.E.

James W. Bryant, Jr., Ph.D., P.E. serves as the Maintenance and Preservation Engineer and the Research Staff Representative for the Technical Activities Division of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC. James also serves as the lead TRB staff in the areas of Research and Education. He has served for the past 6 years as the lead staff for the Renewal focus area of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2), where he directed the $37 million applied research program focused on the maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of transportation infrastructure. He has worked in the private and public sector managing the maintenance and operations of transportation infrastructure in both urban and rural environments and has successfully worked on project start-up efforts in both research and non-research related areas.

 James earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1999 and 2001 respectively from Virginia Tech's Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received a B.S. in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1996. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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