- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
Future City Competition
CAIT is a proud supporter of Engineers Week (E-Week), a national celebration of engineering that focuses on cultivating young minds to pursue engineering as a career. The highlight of CAIT’s E-Week participation is Future City, a full-day competition of more than 33,000 students nationwide. Each state hosts its own Future City competition for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students to show their foresight and creativity and helps them cultivate hands-on engineering experience, professional etiquette, and communication skills.
Future City challenges students to envision a city one hundred fifty years into the future revolving around a specific theme, such as green living, clean water or nano-technology. Students work with teachers and engineering mentors to design their vision with city-building simulation software and build a table-top model for display at the competition.
Future City entries are judged on innovation, application of math, science, and engineering techniques, and presentational skills. Winning teams from each state compete in the national finals in Washington, DC.
The New Jersey Future City Competition is made possible by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a committee of dedicated volunteers. CAIT representatives serve on the steering committee and volunteer for the event.
Garrett Morgan Academy
In partnership with the Paterson, New Jersey, public school system, CAIT supports and participates in activities with the Garrett Morgan Academy, a four-year high school program that offers a college prep and pre-engineering program focused on preparing students for careers in transportation. Garrett Morgan graduated its first class in 2004.
New Jersey Governor’s School
The New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers, an exclusive, competitive four-week summer immersion program.
Governor’s School students have already chosen to concentrate on math or science and been identified as the most motivated and accomplished among their peers. New Jersey high schools can nominate only one for every 325 eligible students to attend. Generally, less than 25 percent of 300-400 applicants are chosen.
The entire cost of the experience—more than $3,000 including tuition, room, and board—is entirely covered by corporate, foundation, and individual donations. CAIT develops an advanced transportation elective as part of the Governor’s School curriculum.
New Jersey Summer Transportation Institute
The New Jersey Summer Transportation Institute is a four-week summer program that introduces incoming high school students to a variety of careers, information, and experiences in the transportation industry. It is offered jointly by the Garrett Morgan Academy and CAIT.
The program acquaints 25 urban high school students with careers in transportation-related fields, including highway construction, public transportation management, urban planning, and environmental protection. It also provides instruction in the fundamental math, science, and computer skills needed to pursue these careers.
The curriculum is taught by Rutgers and Garrett Morgan Academy instructors and supplemented by guest speakers from state transportation and law enforcement agencies. The program also includes field trips to museums, airports, and the Rutgers lab for advanced pavement materials. As an example of a term project, students may build a storage shed modeled after a train depot for a local day care center.
The New Jersey program is part of the National Summer Transportation Institute, a national effort funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Civil Rights, to promote a strong and diverse workforce in the transportation industry.
Rutgers’ School of Engineering (SOE), CAIT, and the Office of Student Development together organize activities and lectures for Rutgers’ Academy for Next Generation Engineers (NEXGEN), a five-week summer residential program. NEXGEN is part of the National Summer Transportation Institute, a federal program that exposes disadvantaged or at-risk young people to transportation careers.
Rutgers’ NEXGEN exclusively serves incoming first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds. About 60 students identified by SOE’s Engineers of the Future (EOF) program come and stay on campus a month before their first semester to acclimate to college life. They get individual attention, shadow faculty mentors, and are exposed to a wide range of transportation subjects like urban planning, highway construction, public transit management, and environmental protection.
The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology (TARGET), sponsored by Rutgers’ SOE, is a six-week summer program designed for female students in grades 8–12 to increase their awareness of technology careers and inspire them to make one their life’s calling.
TARGET aims to dispel negative stereotypes that women engineers are geeks and outsiders. Smart, established professional women share their career experiences with the girls and guide them through workshops and hands-on labs that reveal engineering possibilities within their reach. Team activities encompass civil, industrial, materials, and biomedical and other engineering disciplines.