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Bryan J. Katz

Associate Professor of Practice
Bryan J. Katz
305-C Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering
Professional Registration : Professional Engineer (Virginia), Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

Areas of Interest

Traffic Engineering, Transportation Safety and Operations, Traffic Control Devices, Human Factors

NOTE: My focus in the department is on undergraduate education, therefore, I do not provide graduate student funding.

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (August 2018 - Present)
    Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (February 2014 - August 2018)
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (April 2008 - February 2014)
    Instructor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (July 2007 - April 2008)
  • Vice President of Engineering, toXcel, LLC (2014 - Present)
  • Senior Transportation Engineer, Science Applications International Corporation - SAIC/Leidos (2002 - 2014)
  • Engineer/Analyst, HNTB Corporation (1999 - 2002)

Honors and Awards

  • Eugene D. Arnold, Jr. Outstanding Individual Activity Award, Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2016)
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering (2016)
  • Favorite Faculty Award, Virginia Tech Office of Residence Life (2016)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Via Department of Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech (2009)
  • Certificate of Commendation, Fairfax County Police Department, Traffic Safety Division (2007)
  • Mid Atlantic Universities Transportation Center Student of the Year, United States Department of Transportation (2001)
  • CEE Alumni Board Scholarship Recipient, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech (2000)
  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Virginia Tech (1999)

     

Committee Memberships

  • Secretary of the Research Committee, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2005 to Present)
  • Paper Review Chairman (2006 to Present), Member and Technical Paper Reviewer (2005 to Present) of the User Information Systems Committee for the Transportation Research Board, Committee AND20
  • Member and Technical Paper Reviewer, Traffic Control Devices Committee for the Transportation Research Board, Committee AHB50 (2004 to Present)
  • Member of the Guide and Motorist Information Sign Technical Committee, National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (2004 to Present)
  • Board Member - University Relations/Career Guidance (Virginia Tech), Virginia Section of Institute of Transportation Engineers (2012 to Present)
  • Member, Signing and Marking Materials Committee for the Transportation Research Board, Committee AHD55 (2007 to 2016)
  • Member, SHRP II Reliability IDEA Program Panel (2009 to 2014)
  • Safety Committee Chair for the Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2003 to 2012)
  • Member, NCHRP Panel 38-11: Changeable Message Sign Displays during Non-Incident, Non-Roadwork Periods (2006 to 2007)
  • CEE 2804 : Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4804 : Professional and Legal Issues in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 3604 : Introduction to Transportation Engineering
  • CEE 4654 : Geometric Design of Highways
  • CEE 4974 : Undergraduate Independent Study
  • CEE 5994 : Research and Thesis
  • CEE 4684 : Transportation Safety
  • CEE 2824 : Civil Engineering Drawings and CAD
  • Dagnall, E.E., Katz, B.J., Bertola, M.A., and Shurbutt, J. Business Logo Signing: Evaluation of Number of Logo Panels on Specific Service Signs. Transportation Research Record 2365. Washington, DC, 2013.
  • Katz, B.J., Dagnall, E.E., and ODonnell, C.C. Comprehension and Legibility Evaluations of International and Domestic Non-Standard Symbol Signs. Transportation Research Record 2298. Washington, DC, 2012.
  • Katz, B.J., Coffey, P.E.*, and Rakha, H.A. Analysis of Enforcement Techniques for DWI Checkpoints and Their Impact on Traffic Operations. Transportation Research Record 2096. Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Golembiewski, G.A., Katz, B.J., Knoblauch, R.L., and Rousseau, G.K. Using a Sign Simulator to Determine Colors for Traffic Control Devices at Transponder-Controlled Tollbooth Lanes. Transportation Research Record 1973. Washington, DC, 2006.
  • Inman, V.W., Katz, B.J., and Hanscom, F.R. Navigation Signing for Roundabouts. Transportation Research Record 1973. Washington, DC, 2006.
  • Rakha, H.A., Katz, B.J., and Al-Kaisy, A. Field Evaluation of Weigh-in-Motion Screening on Truck Weigh Station Operations. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. May 2006.
  • Katz, B.J. and Rakha, H.A. Determination of Effective Design of Peripheral Transverse Bars to Reduce Speeds on a Controlled Roadway. Proceedings of the 87th TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Katz, B.J., Molino, J.A., and Rakha, H.A. Evaluation of Design Alternatives of Peripheral Transverse Bars to Reduce Vehicle Speeds and Center Line Encroachment in a Driving Simulator. Proceedings of the 87th TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Molino, J.A., Katz, B.J., Donnell, E.T., Opiela, K.S., and Moyer, M.J. Using a Subjective Rating Scale in a Driving Simulator to Predict Real-World Stimulus-Response Relationships Concerning Nighttime Delineation for Curves. Proceedings of the 87th TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2008.
  • Katz, B.J., Duke, D.E., and Rakha, H.A. Design and Evaluation of Peripheral Transverse Bars to Reduce Vehicle Speeds. Proceedings of the 85th TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2006.
  • Molino, J.A., Katz, B.J., Donnell, E.T., Opiela, K.S., and Moyer, M.J. Field Ratings of Nighttime Delineation Enhancements for Curves. Proceedings of the 85th TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2006
  • Molino, J.A., Katz, B.J., Duke, D.E., Opiela, K.S., Andersen, C.K., & Moyer, J.M. Field Validation for Relative Effectiveness of Combinations of Pavement Markings and Retroreflective Pavement Markers in Recognizing Curves at Night. Proceedings of the 83rd TRB Annual Meeting. Washington, DC, 2004.