Our nation's transportation system is among the finest in the world and the lifeblood of our economy. However, with challenges that include age, higher energy costs, increased congestion and reduced funding, there is much work to be done. Auburn Engineering is helping address these issues and to define the future of transportation through research, validation and technology transfer. Goals include highways that are durable, cost-effective and safe; vehicles with improved performance, fuel efficiency, energy options and safety; and transportation systems that are more efficient. Auburn is home to the world renowned National Center for Asphalt Technology and test track where pavements are tested under real-world conditions with emphasis on the use of recycled and environmentally benign materials.