The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

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Robert Skinner delivers Larson Lecture

University Park, Pa. – Robert Skinner, executive director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies, delivered the Thomas D. Larson Distinguished Transportation Lecture on Dec. 9 at Penn State. Skinner's talk, titled “Remembering Our Stories: 30 Years of Evolution and Innovation...

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International forensic scientists visit Penn State crash testing facilities

University Park, Pa. - A delegation of forensic scientists from the Czech Republic’s Brno University visited the Larson Institute’s test track facility on Wednesday. Led by Marek Semela, the six researchers are crash reconstruction specialists with the Institute of Forensic Engineering’s traffic...

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Shaping Our Future

Innovative crash testing research conducted at the Larson Institute for the Department of State is shaping the way we respond to global threats at the local level. This research was recently profiled in Popular...

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