Transportation Engineering Research
The research program in transportation engineering at Penn State is active and well-funded. The total funding for research projects in the transportation area exceeds $900,000 as of September 1, 2016. The project titles, principal investigators, and other information related to these research contracts and grants are listed below.
The Relative Effectiveness of On-Premise Signs Using Flat Cut Metal Letters Compared to Cast Metal Letters and Vinyl Letters. (PI: Garvey). James and Sharon Weinel, U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center, June 16, 2016 – June 15, 2017. $100,000
Random Parameter Model Implementation for State Highways. (PIs:Venkataraman, Shankar, Blum). July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. $236,000, WSDOT.
High Performance Computing for Network Traffic Safety. (PIs: Madduri, Shankar), July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. $25,000 direct costs, College of Engineering Seed Grant.
Financial Benefits of Proposed Access Management Treatments. (co-PIs: Gayah, Guler). $45,000, South Dakota Department of Transportation.
Development of a Predictive Price Model for Road Salt. (PI: Guler). $4,000, COP Department of General Services.
Horizontal Sightline Offset Design Criteria, Exceptions, and Mitigation Strategies (PI: Donnell).
National Cooperative Highway Research Program (Project 15-59) with MRIGlobal, August 2015 – August 2017, $110,000.
Self-Enforcing Roads (PI: Donnell). Institute of Transportation Engineers and Federal Highway Administration, July 2015 – June 2017, $135,000.
Highway Safety Statistical Paper Synthesis (PI: Donnell). Federal Highway Administration, August 2015 – June 2017, $120,000
Warning Beacons for Worker Safety (PI: Donnell). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 2013 – February 2017, $200,000.
Other transportation research projects include:
- Congestion management research
- Delineation and markings for older drivers
- Geometric and operational characteristics to accommodate large trucks
- Intersection sight distance
- Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP)
- Median design on highways
- Traffic signal systems
- Transit finance and performance
- Transportation demand management
- Highway tort liability
- Traffic signal control equipment
- Cost allocation of geometric and operational characteristics
- Development of PCE's for highway cost allocation
- Highway capacity and traffic simulation
- Travel demand and management
- Activity-based travel forecasting
- Travel demand analysis using GIS and economics
- Access Management Impact Simulation (AM/IS)
- ITS strategic planning
- ITS operation test evaluation
- Optimal location of service facilities
- Mobile source air pollution control strategies
- Safety, risk, and tort liability
- Traffic engineering education program
- Low speed urban streets
- Typography for conventional road-signs
- Freestanding sign visibility
- Impact of factors on conspicuity and legibility of on-premise sign fonts
- Low-speed urban street design
- Highway cost allocation studies
- Development of passenger car equivalents using simulation