January 14, 2016Alex Johnson G ’16 has been named the 2015 TranLIVE Student of the Year. Johnson was recognized for his ongoing water chemistry research that compares the stormwater runoff from a green roof to that from a traditional roof. Funded by the Department of Transportation, he is evaluating the presence of atmospheric particles derived from motor vehicles that are deposited on top of the buildings. While some of the atmospheric particles deposited on the traditional roof are washed off the roof during a rainstorm, the processes on the green roof are more complex, and can lead to either higher or lower contaminant levels in the runoff. Johnson’s research will observe what occurs for different contaminants. TranLIVE, which stands for Transportation Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment, has provided funding to several Syracuse University students in the civil and environmental engineering department to work on several research projects for the last four years, as well as funding to enhance some of the College’s computer labs and transportation software capabilities. TranLIVE is a federally funded University transportation research center that consists of a consortium of five University members including Syracuse University, University of Idaho, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, and University of Southern Texas.