STEM Outreach Program

The ATLAS Center at UMTRI is committed to maintaining and strengthening UMTRI’s ongoing outreach to primary and secondary school students to foster student interest in the STEM fields and encourage the pursuit of STEM careers. The ATLAS Center supports ongoing outreach activities and is developing new initiatives. Since the early 1990s, UMTRI has hosted 6th-12th grade members of Women In Science and Engineering, a program designed to increase the number of girls and women pursing degrees and careers in the STEM fields while fostering their future success. UMTRI also hosts members of the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, a program to provide high school age students with hands on experience in engineering. Students are mentored by both UMTRI faculty and students from the U-M College of Engineering. Outreach is also provided to local Boy and Girl Scout troops to educate them about proper occupant restraint and helmet use. Finally, UMTRI partners with the Michigan DOT (MDOT) to serve as a stop on their Summer Youth Development and Mentoring Program tour. The program, targeted at youth age 16-18, was established to introduce civil engineering and other transportation-related careers at MDOT to young people in local communities. Members of the program tour UMTRI’s sled lab and simulator lab, and also have a chance to learn about the instrumented vehicles used in research.

The ATLAS Center is a collaboration between the University of Michigan (U-M) Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Texas A&M Transportation Institute