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The certificate program offers current ASU graduate students and transportation professionals the opportunity to pursue a wide range of transportation-related issues from multimodal and interdisciplinary perspective. The certificate program enhances the education of current and future transportation professionals to respond to this challenging environment. It builds upon existing programs in a variety of disciplines offered from four colleges and two campuses in the ASU system. The program approaches the subject from an integrated systems perspective and exposes students to a range of transportation alternatives and the interrelationships among transportation, economics, land use, technology, policy, energy, and the environment.


Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) has emerged as a critical systems-oriented assessment framework for understanding the complexity, interdependencies, and impacts of infrastructure systems. In transportation, the framework is now routinely used to assess the energy and environmental performance of transportation systems, emerging technologies, changing behaviors, and emerging fuels. LCA is more and more used to assess policy goals. This center focuses on the continued development of LCA for transportation services. It is designed to serve as a knowledge hub and repository where researchers and practitioners from around the globe can access LCA information to guide their work.


The National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe. Our research seeks to quantify complex climate-energy system interactions resulting from all phases of a product or technology's life cycle and to develop cost effective solutions to reduce any negative impacts.


The ASU Pavements and Materials program addresses pavement performance analysis, management, and design; advanced material testing and characterization; development of new and more efficient construction materials; and the development and dissemination of sustainable pavement practices. The current program consists of three core faculty members as well as several associated faculty from within Arizona State University. The core curriculum offers degrees at the Masters and Ph.D. levels as well as undergraduate and Postdoctoral opportunities. The faculty at ASU are engaged with national cooperative groups, government, and private sources to enhance materials and pavements technology.


The Arizona Pavements/Materials conference serves as a key technology transfer conduit to practicing engineerings and professionals involved in pavements and materials work in Arizona. The conference regularly attracts more than 300 of these professionals to the ASU campus for a two day event focusing on a specific theme relevant to the community. The organizing committee also hosts regular workshops throughout the year on topics such as Pavement Preservation, Pavement Design, Modified Asphalts, etc. Funds from the conference are used to support the educational mission of the University and provide opportunities for ASU students to attend regional, national, and international conferences on pavements and materials.