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The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute conducts research to save lives, time, money, and protect the environment. One of the seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has impacted public policy on the national and international level.

VTTI has grown from approximately 15 faculty, staff, and students to become the second largest university-level transportation institute in the U.S. with more than 350 employees. As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI has effected significant change in public policies for driver, passenger and pedestrian safety and is advancing the design of vehicles and infrastructure to increase safety and reduce environmental impacts.

In all endeavors, the VTTI community is charged with finding solutions to the greatest transportation challenges facing not only the nation but the world. Those of the Institute are truly dedicating their lives to saving lives.

VTTI at a Glance
  • VTTI has more than $40 million in annual sponsored program research expenditures.
  • VTTI annually supports an average of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students and produces more than 140 publications per year.
  • Most notable among VTTI endeavors are its naturalistic driving studies. Thanks to the internally developed data acquisition system, VTTI researchers are able to gather continuous video and driving performance data in real-world driving conditions. To date, these systems have been installed in nearly 4,000 vehicles deployed nationally and internationally.
  • VTTI ensures its national and global success by employing a select team of multidisciplinary researchers, engineers, technicians, support staff and students.
  • To accomplish its groundbreaking research, VTTI uses a range of tools, including the Virginia Smart Road and data acquisition systems. These capabilities have earned VTTI an exclusive standing in the transportation research field, making it a renowned option for transportation research, analysis and development.
  • At its core, VTTI is a family; we are a community committed to conducting cutting-edge research to save lives.

    VTTI's 25th Anniversary

About the Director

    Tom Dingus

Tom Dingus, Ph.D., is director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), is the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, and is the president of VTT, LLC. He is center director of the Tier 1 Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC), which comprises a consortium of Virginia Tech/VTTI, the University of Virginia, and Morgan State University. Read More

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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-1500
Fax: (540) 231-1555