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Research and 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

Research and Innovation Network Org Chart and Info Sheets

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

Winston Inoway
Innovation and Implementation Coordinator

Joni DeMille
UDOT Librarian

Research & Innovation News / Hot Topics

October 2021: LITTER IN UTAH

Check out the new executive report prepared by UDOT’s Research & Innovation team that includes an overview of UDOT’s current state of practice for statewide litter mitigation, a national snapshot of mitigation investment, recommendations, and much more.

Highway Litter Mitigation

Research & Innovation Dashboards

In development; coming soon.

Research Program

Everything we do at UDOT is informed by RESEARCH. Learn how in our video:

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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 was held virtually on April 20, 2021. For more information, see the links below or contact UTRAC@utah.gov.


Active Research

Active Research Projects (Updated August 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:

Archived Research & Innovation Reports

For reports prior to 2011, please contact a Research Project Manager or UDOT’s Librarian.

TRID Search Tips

TRID is a comprehensive database resource for transportation research and literature searches.

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