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Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., EIT


Eric Fitzsimmons, Ph.D., EIT

Post Doctoral Researcher

Transportation Research Institute
University of Kansas
2160 Learned Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-5655
Fax: (785) 864-5631


Dr. Eric J. Fitzsimmons was appointed a Post Doctoral Researcher at the KU Transportation Research Institute (TRI) in 2011.  Prior to his arrival at the University of Kansas, Dr. Fitzsimmons received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in civil engineering with specialization in transportation engineering from Iowa State University.  Part of his graduate career involved assisting faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students colleagues at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) on a variety of transportation safety related projects and data collection efforts.  Professors Shashi S. Nambisan and Reginald R. Souleyrette chaired his doctoral committee.  In support of ongoing national vehicle lane departure crash research, his dissertation reported further insight to horizontal curve operations by developing a data collection and analysis protocol which found significant operational variables that influence vehicle trajectories and speed profiles along horizontal curves.  Dr. Fitzsimmons’ master’s thesis reported the effectiveness of three automated red light running enforcement programs using both site-based cross-sectional violation and a before-and-after crash studies.

Dr. Fitzsimmons received Federal Highway Administration Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowships in 2008 and 2009 to support his doctoral research.  He is active member of Chi Epsilon and is an Engineer in Training (State of Iowa, 2006).  In 2010, Dr. Fitzsimmons received the title Associate with the Preparing Future Faculty program at Iowa State University which requires two years of faculty mentoring and multiple opportunities to guest lecture at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  He currently serves as a member and young member of the Transportation Research Board’s standing committees on traffic law enforcement and access management respectively.  Additionally, he is a friend of the operational effects of geometrics committee.  Dr. Fitzsimmons has presented his research at national, regional, and local conferences and provides referee services to journals and professional organizations.  Dr. Fitzsimmons is also an active member within ASCE, ITS America, ITE, and ASEE.

Dr. Fitzsimmons’ research interests include various aspects of highway safety and traffic operations in both rural and urban environments.  He has extensive knowledge is vehicle data collection and reduction along corridors, horizontal curves, and two lane highways. Additional research interest include micro-simulation coding and analysis, access management applications for urban corridors, traffic calming strategies, signalized intersection operations and safety, roundabouts, and work zones.