The University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves as headquarters and lead institution for the Mid-America Transportation Center, a consortium that focuses on safe, efficient and effective transportation in a four-state region. Other states involved are Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. Rural roadways, urban traffic and major freight corridors are among the issues studied. It also is home to the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a research organization that focuses on all aspects of highway design and safety.
Rilett, a distinguished professor of civil engineering, also serves as director of UNL’s Mid-America Transportation Center. He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 25 research projects. His two main areas of expertise are Intelligent Transportation Systems applications and large-scale transportation systems modeling.
Faller, an assistant research professor with the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, is a licensed civil engineer. His recent work has included bridge railings, temporary concrete barriers and work zone safety signs.