ABOUT

Greetings!   I am a faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Mizzou. I currently serve as a Faculty Fellow for Research, Industrial Engagement, and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering assisting the Associate Dean for Research and the Dean on various strategic initiatives. I also serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. My specialty area is Transportation Systems Engineering. I work in the areas of Freeway Traffic Operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Work Zone Driver Behavior, Innovative Intersection Designs, and Network Disruptions and Evacuation. My research has been supported by Missouri DOT, Virginia DOT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Strategic Highway Safety Program (SHRP 2), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Some of the recent research involved evaluating Variable Speed Limits, Smart Work Zone Deployments, Diverging Diamond, Hurricane Evacuation, and Connected Vehicle Applications.

Prior to joining MU, I worked as a Research Scientist for the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR) conducting research in ITS and Traffic Engineering. VCTIR is one of the nation’s leading transportation research centers and is responsible for all research conducted at the Virginia DOT. While at VCTIR, I served as the principal investigator on Freeway Service Patrol Scheduling and Planning, Optimal Sensor Placement for Travel Time Estimation, Large-scale Hurricane Evacuation Modeling, among other projects. 

Before VCTIR, I worked as a Research Contractor at the Turner Fairbanks Highway Research Center (TFHRC) performing research in Unconventional Interchange/Intersection Designs and Traffic Safety. TFHRC is the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology, a federally owned and operated national research facility located in McLean, Virginia. While at TFHRC I conducted some of the early research on the Diverging Diamond Interchange, Multi-lane Roundabouts, among other unconventional designs. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Alternative Intersection Designs

Diverging Diamond, J-turns, Roundabouts

Work Zone Safety and Traffic Operations

Design, traffic control, ITS applications

EDUCATION

Virginia Tech, VA

M.S., Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

B.Tech in Civil Engineering (Minor - Project Management)

Emergency Evacuation Modeling

Hurricane evacuation, Traffic Simulation

Artificial Intelligence Applications

Traffic Prediction, Expert System Design