Roger P. Bligh, Ph.D., P.E.

Bligh, Roger

Research Engineer

Roadside Safety Program - Riverside 7091, Room 110
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 845-4377 Ext. 54377 · fax (979) 845-6107
rbligh@tamu.edu

Short Biography

Dr. Bligh is a research engineer and manager of the Roadside Safety Program at TTI. He holds both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas. Since joining TTI in 1986, Dr. Bligh has specialized in the field of roadside safety. He has served as principal investigator or co-principle investigator on numerous studies sponsored by NCHRP, FHWA, various state agencies (including Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming DOT's), and private concerns having a combined budget of over $8 million.

Dr. Bligh has extensive experience in applied research dealing with the design, analysis, testing, and evaluation of highway safety appurtenances. He has made contributions to the design of a number of roadside safety devices (including guardrails, bridge rails, median barriers, guardrail/bridge rail transitions, guardrail end treatments, crash cushions, breakaway sign supports, work zone barriers, and other work zone traffic control devices), and has developed guidelines for their use. He has co-authored more than 80 publications, including 22 journal papers, and has made invited presentations at numerous technical and professional meetings.

Dr. Bligh is currently serving as a member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AFB20, "Roadside Safety Design" and is co-chairman of the Bridge Rail and Transition Subcommittee within the AASHTO-AGC-ARTBA Task Force 13, "Standardization of Details for Bridge and Road Hardware." Dr. Bligh is intimately familiar with the impact performance guidelines presented in NCHRP Report 350 and has supervised many crash tests following its procedures. Some of his recent research accomplishments include developing safe practices for encasing guardrail in pavement mowing strips, designing a low-deflection portable concrete barrier system, and developing crashworthy barricades and sign support systems for use in highway work zones.

Dr. Bligh also has a wide range of experience in the development, validation, and use of computer simulation in the design, analysis, and evaluation of highway safety appurtenances and roadside geometric features. He currently serves as Director of the "Center for Transportation Computational Mechanics" at TTI which is a competitively procured center established by FHWA that focuses on the application of nonlinear, dynamic finite element analysis to roadside safety design. Dr. Bligh is also currently serving as chairman of TRB Subcommittee AFB20(1), "Computational Mechanics."

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2001.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1988.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1985.

Experience

  • Research Engineer, Roadside Safety Program, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, September 2006 - Present.
  • Associate Research Engineer, Roadside Safety Program, Texas Transportation Institute, December 2001 - August 2006.
  • Program Manager, Roadside Safety Program, Texas Transportation Institute, September 1995 - November 2001.
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Roadside Safety Program, Texas Transportation Institute, April 1994 - November 2001.
  • Engineering Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute, March 1988 - March 1994.
  • Research Assistant, Texas Transportation Institute, April 1986 - February 1988.

Professional Registration

Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Registration No. 78550.

Affiliations

  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
  • Member, Chi Epsilon - The National Civil Engineering Honor Society.
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Member, Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
  • Member, Tau Beta Pi.
  • Member, American Society for Nondestructive Testing.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee AFB20, Roadside Safety Design, 2004 - Present.
  • Co-Chairman, AASHTO/AGC/ARTBA Task Force 13, Subcommittee on Bridge Rails and Transitions, 2003 - Present.
  • Expert Advisory Panel, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Project 17-24, "Use of Event Data Recorder (EDR) Technology for Roadside Crash Data Analysis, 2002 - Present.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee A2A04, Roadside Safety Features, 2001 - Present.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee A2A04, Roadside Safety Features, 1998 - Present.
  • Member, Council of Principal Investigators, TTI, 1997 - Present.
  • Co-Chairman, Strategic Management Team, TTI, 1995 - 1996.
  • Member, Quality Council, TTI, 1995 - 1997.
  • Member, Strategic Management Team, TTI, 1994 - 1997.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Committee A2A04(1), Computer Simulation, 1993 - Present.

Honors & Awards

K.B. Woods Award, Transportation Research Board (TRB), 2007, for the paper, Low-Deflection Portable Concrete Barrier.

Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board, Committee AFB20 (Roadside Safety Design), 2007, for the paper, Low-Deflection Portable Concrete Barrier.

K.B. Woods Award, Transportation Research Board (TRB), 2006, for the paper, Guardrail-to-Concrete-Bridge-Rail Transition for Low-Speed Roadways.

Spirit of Innovation Award for Public Benefit, Texas A&M University System, 2003.

Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board, Committee A2A04, 2003, for the paper, A Review of Cable/Wire Rope Barrier Design Considerations.

Invited Attendee, Horizons in Engineering Symposium, 1998.

Best Paper Award, Transportation Research Board (TRB), 1995, for the paper, Slotted Rail Guardrail Terminal.

TTI/Trinity Researcher Award, Texas Transportation Institute, 1995.

TTI/Trinity G. Sadler Bridges Senior Researcher Award, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 2013.

Selected Publications

S. Bae, D. Tate, D. Zuo, T. Wood, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Testing of Alternative Supporting Materials for Portable Roll-Up Signs Used. 0-6639-S. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. 2014.

R.P. Bligh, D.R. Arrington, W.L. Menges. Temporary Large Guide Signs. 0-6782-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2014.

W.F. Williams, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges, D.L. Kuhn. Crash Test and Evaluation of The TxDOT T631 Bridge Rail. 9-1002-12-10. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2014.

A. Abu-Odeh, R.P. Bligh, M.L. Mason, W.L. Menges. Development and Evaluation of a MASH TL-3 31-Inch W-Beam Median Barrier. 9-1002-12-8. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2014.

D.R. Arrington, J.M. Holt, R.P. Bligh. Concrete Roadside Barrier Anchorage Details for 5-in., Cast-in-Place Decks on Prestressed Beams. Structures 2012, Transportation Research Record. 2313. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. 2013, pp. 33-41.

A. Abu-Odeh, W.F. Williams, M. Ferdous, M.T. Spencer, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Safety and Integrity of Median Barrier-Mounted Hardware. 0-6646-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2013.

W.L. Beason, M.S. Brackin, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Development and Testing of a Non-Pinned Low-Profile End Treatment. 9-1002-12-7. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2013.

D.R. Arrington, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH Test 3-21 on TL-3 Thrie Beam Transition Without Curb. 9-1002-12-3. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. July 2013.

L. Theiss, R.P. Bligh. Worker Safety During Operations with Mobile Attenuators. 0-6707-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2013.

C. Silvestri Dobrovolny, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH Full-Scale Crash Testing of 4-ft Mounting Height, 24"x30" Chevron Sign Installed on 5.5H:1V Slope Ditch. 9-1002-12-6. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2013.

A. Abu-Odeh, W.F. Williams, M. Ferdous, M.T. Spencer, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Signs on Concrete Median Barriers. 0-6646-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2013.

C.S. Dobrovolny, D.R. Arrington, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Development and MASH Full-Scale Crash Testing of a High-Mounting-Height Temporary Single Sign Support with Aluminum Sign. 9-1002-12-5. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2013.

W.F. Williams, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH TL-3 Testing and Evaluation of the TxDOT T131RC Bridge Rail Transition. 9-1002-12-4. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2013.

R.P. Bligh, H. Yu. Roadway Departure Safety Information Clearinghouse: Final Report. 477320-1. 2012.

L. Theiss, R.P. Bligh. Compare Trailer-Mounted Attenuators vs Truck-Mounted Attenuators Protection for Workers. PSR. 0-6707-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2012.

W.F. Williams, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH Test 3-11 on the T131RC Bridge Rail. 9-1002-12-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2012.

W.F. Williams, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH TL-3 Testing and Evaluation of a Steel Bridge Rail with Pickets. 9-1002-12-2. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. October 2012.

C. Silvestri Dobrovolny, D.R. Arrington, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Development Guidance for Sign Design Standards. 0-6363-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. February 2012.

R.P. Bligh, D.R. Arrington, C. Silvestri Dobrovolny. Improvements to Large and Small Roadside Sign Hardware and Design. 0-6363-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2011.

R.P. Bligh, A. Abu-Odeh, D.R. Arrington, N.M. Sheikh, C. Silvestri Dobrovolny, W.F. Williams. Roadside Safety Device Crash Testing Program. 9-1002-S. Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX. 2011.

N.M. Sheikh, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Determination of Minimum Height and Lateral Design Load for MASH Test Level 4 Bridge Rails. 9-1002-5. Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX. December 2011.

D.R. Arrington, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH Test 3-11 on the 5-Inch Cast In Place Deck Barrier Anchors. 9-1002-7. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. December 2011.

D.R. Arrington, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. MASH Test 3-37 of the TxDOT 31-Inch W-Beam Downstream Anchor Terminal. 9-1002-6. Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX. December 2011.

R.P. Bligh, D.R. Arrington, W.L. Menges. Development of a MASH TL-2 Guardrail-to-Bridge Rail Transition Compatible with 31-inch Guardrail. 9-1002-8. Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX. December 2011.

R.P. Bligh, J. Briaud, A. Abu-Odeh, K. Kim, D.O. Saez Barrios. Design Guidelines for TL-3 Through TL-5 Roadside Barrier Systems Placed on Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Retaining Wall. 478130-2. Texas Transportation Institute, Houston, TX. August 2011.

R.P. Bligh, D.R. Arrington, C. Silvestri Dobrovolny, W.L. Menges. Development of a MASH TL-3 Median Barrier Gate. 9-1002-2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2011.

W.F. Williams, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Mash Test 3-11 of the TxDOT Single Slope Bridge Rail (Type SSTR) on Pan-Formed Bridge Deck. 9-1002-3. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2011.

R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Mash Test 3-11 on the Texas T101 Bridge Rail. 9-1002-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2011.

R.P. Bligh, A. Abu-Odeh, W.L. Menges. Mash Test 3-10 on 31-Inch W-Beam Guardrail with Standard Offset Blocks. 9-1002-4. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2011.

N.M. Sheikh, R.P. Bligh, R.B. Albin, D. Olson. Application of Precast Concrete Barrier Adjacent to a Steep Roadside Slope. Highway Design, Transportation Research Record. 2195. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. 2010, pp. 121-129.

P.J. Carlson, R.P. Bligh, A.M. Pike, J.D. Miles, W.L. Menges, S.C. Paulus. On-Going Evaluation of Traffic Control Devices. 0-6384-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. September 2010.

N.M. Sheikh, R.P. Bligh, J.M. Holt. Minimum Rail Height and Design Impact Load for Longitudinal Barriers that Meet Test Level 4 of "Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware". Crosswalk Marking Field Visibility Study, Vol. 2309, Research Report. FHWA-HRT-10-068. Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC. September 2010, pp. 135-143.

D.L. Bullard, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges, R.R. Heck. Evaluation of Existing Roadside Safety Hardware Using Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) Criteria. NCHRP Research Results Digest. 349. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. August 2010.

C.E. Buth, R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. Mash Test 3-61 of the NTTA Short Sign Support. 405870-2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2010.

R.P. Bligh, N.M. Sheikh, A. Abu-Odeh, W.L. Menges. Evaluation of Barriers for Very High Speed Roadways. 0-6071-2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. March 2010.

R.P. Bligh, W.L. Menges. NCHRP Report 350 Crash Testing and Evaluation of the S-Square® Mailbox System. 0-5210-7. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2010.