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David Clarke

David B. Clarke

Research Associate Professor and Director, Center for Transportation Research


David Clarke is a civil engineer specializing in transportation, with a particular focus on railways. His 32 years of experience in the transportation area include: management or participation in numerous research projects; teaching undergraduate and graduate level transportation engineering courses; and practice in engineering design, construction, and project management. He teaches railroad engineering and related subjects to both college and professional audiences.

Clarke holds appointments as Director of the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research and Research Associate Professor in the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His previous employers include Clemson University, Science Applications International Corporation, and Bechtel Corporation.

Clarke is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Public Works Association, and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where he recently finished a 6-year term as chair of the Rail Freight Transport Committee. He is a registered engineer in Tennessee and South Carolina.


Railway track, structures, and operations

Transportation demand forecasting

Transportation safety

Transportation planning

Freight transportation systems

Network modeling


University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, PhD in Civil Engineering, 1995

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, MS in Civil Engineering, 1982

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 1979

Professional Service

Chair, TRB Committee on Local and Regional Rail Freight Transport (AR040)

Member, TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation (AT010)

Member, TRB Committee on Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations (AT050)

Member, ASCE T&DI Rail Transportation Committee


Clarke, D.B., “Formulation of a Freight Network Equilibrium Model for Railroad Traffic Analysis,” 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 2004.

Sarasua, W.A., Clarke, D.B., Reiff, R., and Sabb, V., ”Calibration and Validation of Quick Response Forecasting Parameters for Cities in Rural Counties of South Carolina,“ Transportation Research Record 1895. Washington, Transportation Research Board, 2004.

Sarasua, W.A., Davis, W.J., Clarke, D.B., Kottapally, J., and Mulukutla, P., “Evaluation of Interstate Highway Capacity for Short-Term Work Zone Lane Closures,” Transportation Research Record 1877, Washington: Transportation Research Board, 2004.

Sarasua, W.A., Wang, Y., Clarke, D.B., Tropea, J., and Collins, J.C., “Multicriteria Dynamic Segmentation: GIS Application for Managing Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity,” Transportation Research Record 1768, Washington: Transportation Research Board, 2002.

Clarke, D.B., “Local and Regional Rail Freight-Millennium Issues,” Transportation in the New Millennium State of the Art and Future Directions, Transportation Research Board, 2000.

Lipinski, M.E., Clarke, D.B., and Burton, M., “Assessment of Emissions and Fuel Use Changes Resulting From Modal Shifts in the Upper Mississippi River Basin,” Transportation Research Circular 491, Washington: Transportation Research Board, 1999.

Chatterjee, A., Hummer, J.E., Clarke, D.B., and Ney, S.M., “Landside Access to Seaports in Urban Areas—A Case Study,” Transportation Research Record 1602, Washington: Transportation Research Board, 1997.

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