Dr. Laurence Rilett

Dr. Laurence R Rilett

Distinguished Professor and Director
262D Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School
Lincoln, NE 68583-0851
Phone: 402-472-1992
Fax: 402-472-0859
lrilett2@unl.edu
Bio
Dr. Laurence R. Rilett is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and the Keith W. Klaasmeyer Chair in Engineering and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He also serves as the Director of the UNL Mid-America Transportation Center, which is the U.S. Department of Transportation Region VII University Transportation Center, and the Nebraska Transportation Center, which is the umbrella organization for all transportation research at the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Rilett received his B.A.Sc. degree and his M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. degree from Queen's University. He has held academic positions as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor (1995) at the University of Alberta, and as an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at Texas A&M University (TAMU).

Dr. Rilett has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 25 research projects. Dr. Rilett's field of research is in the transportation system analysis area and his specific research may be divided into two main areas: Intelligent Transportation Systems applications and large-scale transportation system modeling. He has authored or co-authored over 60 refereed journal papers and over 70 conference papers based on his research. In 2002 he was awarded the Texas Transportation Institute TTI/Trinity Researcher Award and in 2007 he was awarded the UNL College of Engineering Research Award. Dr. Rilett is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering and on the editorial board of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations.
Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1992
Ph.D. Candidate for Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1990
M.S. Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1987
Honors B.S. Civil Engineering from University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1987
Experience
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Keith W. Klaasmeyer Chair in Engineering and Technology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Director, Mid-America Transportation Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska | Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Professor
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | E.B. Snead II Associate Professor
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Associate Professor with tenure
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas | Assistant Professor
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta | Associate Professor with Tenure | Department of Civil Engineering
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta | Assistant Professor | Department of Civil Engineering
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario | Lecturer | Department of Civil Engineering
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario | Lecturer | Department of Mathematics
Selected Publications
A Methodology for Comparing Non-Intrusive Traffic Detectors Under Different Operating Conditions published in International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety, 2011
Safety Effect of Dilemma-Zone Protection Using Actuated Advance Warning Systems published in Transportation Research Board 90th Annual Meeting, 2011
Taesun You, Yong-Rak Kim, Keyvan Zare Rami, and Dallas N. Little, “Performance Prediction of Asphaltic Pavements Using Multiscale Modeling: Components-Mixture-Pavement Linkage”, 2016 (Paper-submitted).
Transportation Statistics and Microsimulation, 2011
A Methodology for Comparing Non-Intrusive Traffic Detectors Under Different Operating Conditions published in 1st International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety, 2011
Development of a State of the Art Traffic Microsimulation Model for Nebraska published in Nebraska Transportation Center, Final Report 2011
The Challenges and Opportunities of ITS in the 21st Century published in 1st International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety, 2011
ITS Research - A U.S. Perspective, Intelligent Transportation Society of India Annual Conference published in Intelligent Transportation Society of India Annual Conference, 2011
Transportation Data and Green House Gas Emissions Modeling published in INDO-US Workshop on Transportation and GHG Emissions, 2011
Wind/Solar Hybrid Generation-based Roadway Microgrids published in Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2011 IEEE
Estimation of Dynamic Origin-Destination Matrices and Calibration of Micro-Simulation Models Using Aggregate Intersection Turn Count Data published in 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
Developing a State-wide Traffic Micro-Simulation Model: Issues and Challenges published in Proceedings of the 8th International Transportation Specialty Conference, 2010
Effectiveness of Combined Advance Detection and Advance Warning Flashers published in Proceedings of the 8th International Transportation Specialty Conference, 2010
Joint Estimation of Dynamic Origin-Destination Matrices and Calibration of Micro-simulation Models Using Aggregate Intersection Turn-Count Data published in Transportation Research Board 89th Annual Meeting, 2010
ITS in America: Challenges and Opportunities published in Indo-US Workshop on Emerging Trends in Intelligent Transportation Systems
Effectiveness of Offsetting Opposing Left-Turn Lanes: A Case Study published in Journal of the Transportation Research Forum
An Improved Flow-Based Travel Time Estimation Method from Point Detector Data for Freeways published in ASCE Journal of Transportation
Selected Projects
Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) U.S.D.O.T. Region VII University Transportation Center
Speed Limit Recommendation in Vicinity of Signalized, High-Speed Intersections
Nebraska Transportation Center Seed Funding
Transportation Curriculum Development
ARRA: National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program Region 7 (1)
NDOR Speed Limit Recommendation in Vicinity of Signalized High-Speed Intersection
Evaluation of Nebraska Department of Road Advanced Warning Systems
Video Detection Equipment
Region VII- Diesel Emissions and Idle Reduction Retrofit Program
NDOR Optimal Design of Workzone Crossovers
Non-Intrusive Detector Study
ITS Travel Time
Quantifying the Effectiveness of Mobile Emission Reduction Technologies for Small Fleet Carriers
Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program (GAMTTEP)
Evaluation of NDOR Advanced Warning System
Awards
College of Engineering Faculty Service Award, 2008
UNL College of Engineering Researcher and Creative Activity Award, 2007
Texas Transportation Trinity Researcher Award, 2002
Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award, 1999
Dick and Joyce Birdwell Endowed Teaching Award, 1998
Zachry Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
Dr. Laurence Rilett