One of the traditional strengths of the UNB program has been the maintenance of close liaison with the transportation community. This is accomplished through a variety of mechanisms including:
- Organization and sponsorship of seminars/symposia on transportation issues.
- Participation in committees/boards of transportation organizations such as the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada (ITS Canada), the Atlantic Province Economic Council and the Saint John Board of Trade Multi-modal Committee.
- Organization and delivery of continuing education workshops for transportation practitioners.
Several government and private sector organizations have provided excellent student projects over the years. The projects enable students to gain experience in investigating and resolving complex, practical transportation issues/problems. These projects are typically done as a course project. Students work in teams over a 3-4 month period. They experience the benefits of teamwork and improve their skills in project planning, problem definition, data collection, data analysis, development and evaluation of alternatives as well as preparation of action plans. Upon completion of the project, students are required to prepare a final report and formal presentation of their work to executives of the organization which provided the project.