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Dr. Timothy Gates

Dr. Timothy J. Gates is an associate professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MSU.

Dr. Gates has extensive research experience in traffic operations and mobility, traffic safety, and driver behavior.  During his nearly 10 years as faculty, he has served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on numerous competitive grant awards from agencies including the Federal Highway Administration, state departments of transportation, and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.  This research has led to the publication of 45 peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals, with an additional 22 peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  Beyond his research activities, Dr. Gates is chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Traffic Control Devices and is also a member of the Operational Effects of Geometrics Committee.

Prior to joining MSU in August 2015, Dr. Gates was a faculty member in Civil Engineering at Wayne State University for eight years.

Global research interests

  • Interrelationships between speed limits, geometry, and driver behavior
  • Development of safety performance functions and other decision support tools
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Safety impact of differential speed limits
  • Balancing the costs of mobility investments in work zones
  • Timing issues for traffic signals and highway-railroad grade crossings

Geographic focus

  • Europe

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