Research & Innovation Division
“Research: the distance between an idea and its realization.”
–David Sarnoff, pioneer of American radio and television
UDOT’s Research and Innovation division mobilizes research studies and employee ingenuity to help drive continuous Department evolution.
Our Research team partners with UDOT experts, Utah universities, and consultants to identify transportation research that meets UDOT’s most important needs. They prioritize these needs in an annual workshop hosted by the division. They manage research projects, promote implementation, share research results, coordinate with national research organizations, field-evaluate products, and provide information services.
Our Innovation team gathers and supports employee ideas, and tracks them through a development process with the goal of implementing the best ideas across UDOT. They head an Innovation Council whose Stewards lead grassroots innovation efforts in their own regions and areas. They also compile the most successful ideas in our annual Innovation and Efficiencies Report which is shared with Utah legislators and the public.
Together with our partners, UDOT’s Research and Innovation division helps keep Utah moving.
Research & Innovation Team
UDOT Research & Innovation Division
PO Box 148410
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-8410
Cameron Kergaye, PhD, PMP, PE
Director of Research and Innovation
Rod McDaniels, MPA
Innovation and Implementation Manager
David Stevens, PE
Research Project Manager
Kevin Nichol, PE
Research Project Manager
Vincent Liu, PE
Research Project Engineer
Innovation and Implementation Coordinator
Research & Innovation News / Hot Topics
We’re pleased to welcome Winston Inoway as R&I’s new Innovation and Implementation Program Coordinator.
Winston was previously a training manager in UDOT’s Employee Development Group. He has two decades of service with the State of Utah including time spent as a public information officer. He also brings significant private sector experience as the former proprietor of his own graphics design and photography business. Winston holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and he is a Certified Clifton Strengths Coach. Winston’s strengths profile (i.e., deliberative, learner, strategic, input, and intellection) harmonizes well with our dynamic team and larger program-delivery objectives. His instructional design, communications, and training backgrounds will be an ongoing benefit to all of the disciplines served by UDOT’s Research and Innovation Division.
As the I&I Program Coordinator Winston will aid our division in accelerating department-wide innovations through proactive employee engagement, tracking, and reporting efforts. This includes supporting the annual research prioritization program, research projects, UDOT’s Innovation Council, and federal innovation incentive programs.
Research & Innovation Dashboards
UDOT's Research Prioritization Process (Annual Research Workshop)
UDOT’s Research & Innovation Division holds an annual research prioritization workshop each spring (also known as “UTRAC”) to help determine how the Department allocates a portion of state planning and research funds allotted to each state via 23 U.S.C. 505(a).
Workshop participants include professionals from UDOT, FHWA, local governments, MPOs, transit agencies, universities, and the private sector. These technical stakeholders help to shape a leaner, smarter, and safer transportation network in alignment with UDOT’s Strategic Direction. The annual prioritization process matches up today’s toughest transportation challenges with the best problem solvers available to develop implementation-ready solutions.
Whether you have an intractable transportation-related challenge, or are part of a talented problem-solving team, UTRAC is here to help fuel tomorrow’s innovative transportation solutions today!
The 2021 workshop will be held virtually on April 20, 2021. For more information, see the links below or contact UTRAC@utah.gov.
Active Research Projects (Updated 2/10/2021)
Final Research Reports / Final Presentation Recordings
Our most recent and frequently requested reports are posted under the gray subject headings below. Older reports can be accessed from this list:
For reports prior to 2011, please contact a Research Project Manager or UDOT’s Librarian.
Active Transportation and Micromobility
UT-20.17: Utilizing Archived Traffic Signal Performance Measures for Pedestrian Planning and Analysis
Asset Management and Data Analytics
Maintenance and Stormwater
Materials and Pavements
Planning and Project Prioritization
Traffic Management and Traffic Safety
UT-20.16: Transit Signal Progression Algorithm for Supporting Redwood Road Transit Signal Priority (TSP)
TRB Library Snap Searches
Quickly get up to speed on complex research topics with summaries that include a list of recent reports, current and upcoming projects, names of relevant committees, and upcoming events like conferences and webinars.
Research & Innovation Events and Funding Opportunities