Grades 9-12

National Summer Transportation Institute

Dates TBD | UB North Campus

Students sitting in cockpit of commercial plane.
Students touring traffic center.
Students standing outside a FedEx shipping plane.
Students in boat approaching canal locks.

About the Camp

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

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

Camp Features

  • 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
  • Demo of Olli - the Self-Driving Shuttle
  • Tour of the UB Motion Simulation Lab
  • Spend time with professionals from transportation authorities and industry
  • Projects focused on bridge design, railroad networking, and air transportation
  • Leadership and communication training
  • College preparation and learning about the admissions process

Who Can Attend?

High school students entinering grades 9-12 are eligible to attend. Acceptance to our camps does not depend on high achieving academics or prior knowledge. Students who show enthusiasm for engineering and the STEM fields all have an equal chance of acceptance. Maximum camp enrollment is 30 students. Minority and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.


The camp is free for students. The National Summer Transportation Institute scholarship funding for this year's program is provided by the Federal Highway Administration through New York State Department of Transportation.

Camp Coordinators:

  • Qian Wang.
    Qian Wang, PhD
    PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    231 Ketter Hall

    Phone: (716) 645-4365

    Associate Professor of Teaching
    Director, Undergraduate Studies, Civil Engineering
    Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Co-Director, Lab Expenditure Committee
    Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Director and Principal Investigator
    2021 National Summer Transportation Institute

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