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National Summer Transportation Institute

Note: Plans for 2017 are in the works. Check back in April for more details.

The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) al­lows high school students to explore the state-of-practice of today’s transportation.

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The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program is a highly competitive scholarship program that provides 30 high school students with a great chance to investigate careers and educational opportunities in today's transportation industry and beyond.

You will participate in discussions, hands-on design competitions, and trips to study local and regional transportation hotspots. You will also spend time with industry role models and a diverse group of students.

You can request to talk with university faculty from areas that you're interested in, as well as staff from university admissions and student life.

NSTI requires a separate application. Students are responsible for their own travel to/from UB campus in the week. NSTI scholarship funding is provided by a Federal Highway Administration grant.

Visit the Regional Traffic Operations Center in NITTEC.

Tour of Buffalo International Airport and Air Control Tower.

Cruise along Erie Canal in Lockport.


  • One-week non-residential program from July 11 to July 15, 2016
  • High school students only (Rising 9th grade to rising 12th grade)
  • Participation is completely free and students will receive free field trip transportation and lunches.
  • Learn about transportation engineering through awesome hands-on activities and group projects.
  • Tour the regional traffic operation center and transit authority in Greater Niagara Falls and Buffalo region.
  • Tour of Buffalo International Airport and Air Control Tower.
  • Cruise along Erie Canal in Lockport.
  • Spend time with professionals from transportation authorities and industry.
  • Leadership and communication training program
  • College preparation and admission process
  • Minority or underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.


The application form can be accessed at NSTI Summer Camp Application

The application deadline is 5:00 pm EST June 13, 2016


140 Ketter Hall
University at Buffalo, North Campus

Tentative Schedule

Monday, July 11 Tuesday, July 12 Wednesday, July 13


  • Orientation
  • Leadership and Team Build
  • Lecture: Career Opportunities in Transportation
  • Tour of Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) traffic operation center
  • Tour of Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA)
  • Travel to Lockport
  • Tour of Erie Canal, famous water transportation in NY


  • Transportation Career Group Discussion


  • Lecture: Highway Transportation


  • Lecture: Transportation Safety


  • University Campus Tour
  • College Preparation, Admission Process, and Major Selection


  • Lecture: Traffic Signal Control
  • Project: Traffic Simulation and Signal Optimization


  • Lecture: Traffic Safety and Human Factors
  • Project: Automated Vehicles
Thursday, July 14 Friday, July 15


  • Travel to Buffalo Niagara International
  • Tour of Federal Aviation Administration
    at Buffalo and air control tower
  • Tour of airport


  • Lecture: Railway Engineering
  • Communication Skills


  • Lecture: Airport Operations

Lunch and Closing Program



  • Lecture: Construction and
    Transportation Infrastructure
  • Project: Structures and Bridge Design



  • Closing Ceremony and Farewells


Dr. Qing He

Departments of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering

Phone: 716-645-3470; Fax: 716-645-3302