MarTREC is a USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology.  Under MAP-21, MarTREC is building economic competitiveness through efficient, resilient, and sustainable maritime and multimodal transportation systems. MarTREC, through continued funding under the FAST Act, is working to preserve the Nation’s transportation system through efficient, resilient, and sustainable maritime and multimodal logistics and infrastructure. Our vision is to be recognized as the Nation’s premier source for expertise on maritime and multimodal transportation research and education. The MarTREC consortium consists of renowned maritime transportation researchers dedicated to transferrable research and inclusive education and workforce development.


A record nine University of Arkansas faculty members received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-career research, during the university’s 2018 fiscal year.  Four of those awardees are MarTREC/Mack-Blackwell Researchers.

Recipients are selected based on their potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.  The awards are approximately $500,000 to $870,000 each, distributed over five years. Funding is divided between research expenses and activities that advance science education.