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Issued by: Laura Hunt
Date: April 24, 2002
MILWAUKEE -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) on Thursday, April 25, and present grant funding to a consortium of universities in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio involved in transportation research that is supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The ceremony will be held from 1 to 1:15 p.m. in the second floor Regents Room of Chapman Hall, 2310 E. Hartford Ave. Mineta will then answer questions from students who are members of the "Environmental Impacts of Transportation" course taught by Civil Engineering Professor Edward Beimborn, director of UWM's Center for Transportation Studies.
The Midwest Regional University Transportation Center, headed by UW-Madison, includes UWM, Marquette, Northwestern University, the University of Cincinnati, Richard Daley Junior College in Chicago, and Lac Court Oreilles College, a Native institution in Hayward.
UWM has been active in many areas of transportation research with a special emphasis on urban modes. UWM's Center for Urban Transportation Studies conducts interdisciplinary research and training, and includes faculty and students in business, architecture, geography, economics, and engineering.
Its more than a million dollars of research funding has advanced knowledge in areas such as travel forecasting, mass transit, intelligent or predictive transportation systems, and land use in transportation.
Mineta is the only Democrat in President George W. Bush's cabinet. On Sept. 11, he personally made the decision to temporarily shut down air traffic after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon attacks. He oversees a department that employs 100,000 people and operates with a $58.7 billion annual budget.
Under President Bill Clinton, Mineta served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, becoming the first Asian Pacific American to serve in the cabinet. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, he was a vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation. From 1975 to 1995 he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the heart of California's Silicon Valley.
Earlier in the day , Mineta will be awarding grant money to further repair the Hoan Bridge.