International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology

Special Issue Call for Papers

Transportation Technology Transfer
The Professional Specialist: Education and Training Needs

Guest Editors: Dr. O. A. Elrahman and Dr. Prof. Cristina Pronello

The International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology (IJTST) is soliciting contributions for a special thematic issue on the subject of the education and training needs of the transportation technology transfer specialists. This issue is slated for publication in 2014.


Technology transfer is defined as the activity leading to the adoption of a new-to-the-user product or procedure by any user or group of users. Technology transfer is a means to directly affect the rate and nature of innovation and improvements to the transportation system. Whether there is a new device to apply or a more effective manner of performing a task, technology transfer is an essential part of that innovation. In addition, Technology Transfer (T2) is integral to leveraging resources, avoiding waste and ensuring implementation of research products.

Having a technology transfer specialist who serves as a champion advocating for transfer of the product and implementing a well thought out T2 plan can often be the key to success. The expertise necessary to understand and apply all facets of technology transfer pull and push activities including technical, procurement, institutional, marketing, resource management, training and legal issues is immense. It is difficult for recent hires or professionals new to technology transfer to grasp the fundamentals and be "up and running" in a short period of time.

Many argue that this field should be recognized as a distinct area of practice that a curriculum for effectively training Transportation T2 specialists should be established, that systematic training should replace the ad-hoc and fragmented training that currently exists, and that professionally trained specialists should assume the role of transferring technology.

As we call for enhanced professionalism of the technology transfer practice within the transportation community, we need to examine the history of technology transfer, the knowledge base and characteristics of a T2 professional, how the demand for T2 specialists is currently being addressed. We need to investigate how technology transfer is currently being carried out in the transportation field. We also need to assess what would a comprehensive curriculum for transportation T2 would include.

We invite papers that address these topics. Selected papers will be published in a special issue. This special issue aims at opening the dialogue on such an important issue. The purpose is to highlight possible approaches to addressing the problem of increasing the supply of trained Transportation T2 specialists.


Possible Topics
• Emerging issues in T2 education.
• Research on learning relevant to T2 education.
• International T2 education and teaching experience.
• Comparative analysis of T2 in different agencies, different discipline and different countries.
• Innovative T2 teaching pedagogies and curricula.
• Integrating T2 education in other disciplines.
• Bringing T2 into the classroom and mainstreaming T2 in various disciplines.
• The future of T2 education and professional development in T2.
• Development and administration of Transportation T2 educational programs.
• Virtual and distance T2 learning experts.
• Core competencies needed in a Transportation T2 education.
• History of Transportation Technology Transfer.
• Skill assessment of T2 specialists in general and within the Transportation community in particular.

We will entertain articles that approach these subjects in any of the following fashions: empirical research that innovative education approaches; case studies of a class or classes or allowed, but a multiple case study with a comparative dimension can be more effective; or conceptual or theoretical articles that outline approaches based on the relevant literature in transportation education, research, or the learning sciences. The editors strongly encourage papers that adopt a comparative approach, especially one with an international focus.


Submission Guidelines
Papers submitted to this special issue will be reviewed in accordance with the Journal’s editorial policy. For more information about IJTST guidelines for submissions, please visit:


Deadline for Submissions
Full papers are due September 30, 2014. Paper abstracts are due by June 30, 2014 and should be emailed in MS Word format to guest editor: or


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