CUTR has a team of experienced and dedicated personnel who work on a range of transportation-related projects and programs. The center’s staff includes educators, researchers, and technical experts who are committed to improving transportation safety for all road users.

In addition to its core staff, CUTR also works with a network of partners and collaborators in the transportation field. These partners include other research institutions, government agencies, and industry associations. By leveraging the expertise and resources of these partners, CUTR is able to make a greater impact on transportation safety and driver education issues.

Steve Stopiak

Maintenance Specialist Transit Safety and Workforce Development
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Steven Stopiak has been a Safety and Health Consultant at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida since October 2018. Graduating from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1974 with a degree in Diesel/Automotive Mechanics and Welding, his career began as a technician on heavy equipment. He has worked in the public transportation field since 1976 as a technician: Shop Foreman, Shop Supervisor, Maintenance Manager and Technical Specialist for Florida State University. Steve became an ASE Certified Master Technician and earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration during his career.