Transportation Speaker Dr. Michael O. Rodgers


The transportation system is evolving rapidly. There are many competing visions of future transportation systems and various public and private decisions related to both policies and allocation of resources will significantly impact this evolution. An important element that needs to be considered in these decisions is how these future visions will impact human health and safety. Unfortunately, many of the tools and analytical techniques that are used to evaluate the current transportation system may be poorly suited to estimate the health and safety impacts of many of these transportation futures. In this talk we will examine both the limitations of current risk-exposure models and discuss other methods by which these assessments can be made.


Dr. Michael O. Rodgers of the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering was recently named a Regents Researcher, the University System of Georgia’s highest research distinction. Dr. Rodgers’ research currently focuses on the application of quantitative methods to problems related to energy, the environment and transportation safety. Over his career, Dr. Rodgers has led or participated in more than 150 research programs for NASA; U.S. EPA; NSF; NOAA; U.S. DOT, Georgia DOT, U.S. DOE and other organizations. He received his B.S. (1976) and M.S. (1978) degrees in Physics and Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences (1986) all from Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Rodgers was the founding director of the Georgia Tech Air Quality Laboratory and led or was a major participant in number of major studies for U.S. EPA (Southern Oxidants Study, Next Generation Emissions Model Development); NASA (Pacific Exploratory Missions (PEM-Tropics and PEM-West)) and NOAA (Global Tropospheric Experiment).  The PEM-West project was honored by the Administrators Group Achievement Award, NASA’s highest award for scientific achievement in a project or program. Results from Dr. Rodgers’ research have been described in his more than 200 refereed publications and several hundred other reports. His research has won numerous awards including the Pyke Johnson Award from the Transportation Research Board; Professional of the Year from the American Lung Association; the Steven J Ressler Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. He is also a two-time winner (2012 and 2017) of the Thomas Evans award from ASEE.  For these and other accomplishments, Dr. Rodgers was named a Georgia Tech Institute Fellow in 1994 and as one of the inaugural GTRI Technical Fellows in 2009. In 2014, Dr. Rodgers was named Outstanding Undergraduate Educator at Georgia Institute of Technology by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

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Date and time: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:50 to 11:45
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