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ORITE and the Department of Civil Engineering at Ohio University have had a very strong history of research and educational partnerships over the last 20 years. Faculty members collaborate both internally and externally with faculty from other departments at Ohio University and with faculty at other colleges and universities, and also with colleagues in government and the private sector.

Some highlights of our sponsor partnerships include:

  • ORITE was selected by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to develop the instrumentation plan and to coordinate the data collection and analysis by six universities at the Ohio SHRP Test Road.
  • ORITE has led several national pooled fund studies involving participation and funding by departments of transportations from multiple states.
  • ORITE has partnered with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to improve infrastructure development and maintenance in Afghanistan.
  • ORITE periodically participates in pavement evaluation projects conducted for the ODOT Field Districts when the necessary technology is not available in the private sector.
  • ORITE periodically participates in geotechnical evaluation projects conducted for consulting companies when the necessary technology is not available from the private sector.
  • ORITE has conducted and is currently conducting research projects for the New York State Department of Transportation.
  • ORITE provides expertise to industry partners in Ohio and elsewhere. In particular there has been long-standing interaction with thermoplastic pipe industry manufacturers such as ADS, Inc. ORITE has also worked with the metals mining industry overseas.
  • ORITE has conducted research on acid mine drainage for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
  • ORITE has periodically conducted joint research projects with several universities throughout Ohio.
  • ORITE conducted training for engineering faculty from the University of Anbar in Iraq in November 2010 on topics related to ABET accreditation and curriculum.
  • ORITE and the Ohio University Civil Engineering Department have established several international partnerships with engineering departments in other universities, including: Kasetsart University in Thailand, UNI in Nicaragua, Kabul University in Afghanistan, and the University of Anbar in Iraq.