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Asad Khattak.

Asad Khattak

Beaman Professor and Transportation Program Coordinator


Professor Asad Khattak received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. He is currently the Beaman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee (UT) and serves as (i) Coordinator for the Transportation Group (6 faculty members) in the department; ii) Principal Investigator for UT in the National University Transportation Center partnership led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; iii) Coordinator and lead researcher for “Big Data for Safety Monitoring, Assessment, and Improvement,” a multi-year Southeastern Transportation Center UTC project sponsored by the US Department of Transportation; and (iv) Co-Director of the Initiative for Sustainable Mobility.

He is affiliated with the UT Center for Transportation Research as well as the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, where he works on a broad range of research and educational projects sponsored by state and federal agencies. He teaches courses and conducts research related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, and transportation planning.

Khattak has 25 years of research and teaching experience in the transportation field. Before joining UT, during 2006-2013, he was Frank Batten endowed chair Professor of Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University where he developed and directed ODU’s transportation research initiatives and educational programs. His research expertise relates to various types of innovations related to intelligent transportation systems, transportation safety, and sustainable transportation.

Additionally, he has authored/co-authored 172 articles and reports (114 scholarly journal articles and 61 technical reports to research sponsors). He has given 155 presentations at international conferences and as invited talks. He has been invited internationally to work at University of Oxford in England, the French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research, known as INRETS, Ajou University in South Korea, & University of Aveiro, Portugal. As a principal- or co-investigator, he has successfully obtained 66 sponsored research and educational projects. He serves as: 1) Editor-in-Chief of Science Citation Indexed Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2) Associate Editor of SCI-indexed International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 3) Special adviser to the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, & on the Advisory Board Member of Analytic Methods in Accident Research.

View his full CV.


Intelligent transportation systems

Transportation safety

Sustainable transportation

Research Sponsors

  • US DOT: Federal Highway Administration
  • Research & Innovation Technology
  • Administration; VOLPE National
  • Transportation Systems Center
  • VDOT: Virginia Department of Transportation
  • NCDOT: North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Caltrans: California Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Science Foundation
  • Robert-Wood Johnson Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • American Transportation Research Institute
  • City of Virginia Beach, Virginia


PhD Northwestern University, Civil Engineering (Transportation), 1991

MS Northwestern University, Civil Engineering (Transportation), 1988

BS NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan (Mech. Engineering), 1980

Professional Service

Editor of Science Citation Indexed Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (2003-present).

Associate Editor of Science Citation Indexed International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (2006-present).

Editorial Advisory Board Member of Transportation Research, Part C, and Analytic Methods in Accident Research.

Active participant in Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).

Member of the Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems & Committee on User Information Systems, Transportation Research Board, National Academies (2009-present).

Co-chair TRB Advanced Traveler Information Systems sub-committee (2003-present).

Awards and Recognitions

Received the “Shining Star Award” from Old Dominion University for helping students succeed academically, professionally, and personally inside and outside the classroom setting.

Nationally recognized scholar—a national survey of 84 US planning schools ranked him 4th in terms of faculty with the greatest number of publications (Stiftel B., et al. Faculty Quality at U.S. Graduate Planning Schools. A National Research Council-Style Study, Journal of Planning Education & Research, JPER, 24:1, 2004.)


Research work available on Google Scholar.

Kamrani, M. A. Khattak, & B. Wali, "Can Data Generated by Connected Vehicles Enhance Safety? A proactive approach to intersection safety management." Forthcoming, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRB, National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2017.

Li X., A. Khattak, & B. Wali, "Large-Scale Traffic Incident Duration Analysis: The Role of Multi-Agency Response and Stay Times." Forthcoming, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, TRB, National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2017.

Greene, D., A. Khattak, J. Liu, X. Wang, J. Hopson, & R. Goeltz, "What is the evidence concerning the gap between on-road and Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings?" Transportation Policy, Vol. 53, 2017, pp. 146–160.

Liu J., A. Khattak & X. Wang, "A Comparative Study of Driving Performance in Metropolitan Regions Using Large-scale Vehicle Trajectory Data: Implications for Sustainable Cities." Forthcoming in International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 2017.

Liu J., & A. Khattak, "Delivering improved alerts, warnings, and control assistance using basic safety messages transmitted between connected vehicles." Transportation Research, Part C, Volume 68, 2016, pp. 83–100.

Asad Khattak.

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