Dennis L. Christiansen, Ph.D., P.E.

Christiansen, Dennis

Director, TTI

Administration - TTI Headquarters and Research Building, Room 319
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 845-1713 Ext. 51713 · fax (979) 845-9356
dennis-c@tamu.edu

Short Biography

Dr. Christiansen is Agency Director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), a member of The Texas A&M University System. TTI is a state agency and the largest and most comprehensive higher education-affiliated transportation research center in the United States.

With extensive research experience in traffic operations, transportation planning, and transit planning. Dr. Christiansen is an international expert in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. He was one of the pioneers of the HOV lane concept in Houston and had significant involvement in its development and implementation. His research in HOV lanes has been utilized throughout the country and has made a significant impact on the effectiveness of the transportation system in Texas and elsewhere.

Dr. Christiansen has served as principal investigator on several major research projects that have been undertaken for a variety of sponsors, including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (Houston).

In 2011, Dr. Christiansen was elected to the ITS America Board and serves on the organization's Policy and Business Council, which focuses on transportation policy, business leadership and government and international affairs. He has served as president of the International Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Council of University Transportation Centers, and the Research and Education Division of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Christiansen served as a Visiting Associate Professor on the Civil Engineering faculty at Texas A&M University. He developed and taught a new graduate civil engineering course entitled, Public Transportation Planning, Operation and Management. He is the senior editor of two books and the author of numerous reports and publications about various facets of transportation and traffic engineering.

Dr. Christiansen has received numerous awards in the field of transportation, most recently honorary membership in the Institute of Transportation Engineers in 2010. His other awards include the Transportation Research Board's Fred Burgraff Award and the S. S. Steinberg Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He also has received recognitions from the International Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Texas Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, including Transportation Engineer of the Year in Texas. In 2004, he was selected as a Regents Fellow by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. He has served as chairman of a variety of technical committees and is a frequent invited speaker at professional organization meetings.

Dr. Christiansen graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1977.
  • M.Eng., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1972.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, 1970.

Experience

  • Director, Administration, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, November 2006 - Present.
  • Agency Deputy Director, TTI Administration, Texas Transportation Institute, January 1994 - October 2006.
  • Associate Agency Director, Texas Transportation Institute, September 1991 - December 1994.
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1990 - January 1992.
  • Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, September 1984 - August 1991.

Professional Registration

Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, Registration No. 37961.

Affiliations

  • Member, ITS America, Policy and Business Council, 2011 - Present.
  • President, Council of University Transportation Centers, 2002 - 2003.
  • Vice President, Council of University Transportation Centers, 2001 - 2002.
  • Secretary, Council of University Transportation Centers, 2000 - 2001.
  • Treasurer, Council of University Transportation Centers, 1999 - 2000.
  • Board of Directors, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 1999 - Present.
  • Executive Committee, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 1999 - 2001.
  • President, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, Research and Education Division, 2000 - 2001.
  • International President, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1996.
  • International Vice President, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1995.
  • Chair, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, Annual Meeting Technical Program Committee, 1994.
  • Chair, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, Planning Applications Division of Technical Council, 1987 - 1990.
  • Chair, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Texas Section (TexITE), District 9, 1988.
  • Section Representative, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Texas Section (TexITE), 1985 - 1987.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Research and Technology Coordinating Committee, 2001 - Present.
  • Secretary, Transportation Research Board (TRB), HOV Systems Committee, 1992 - 1996.
  • Member Emeritus, Transportation Research Board (TRB), HOV Systems Committee, 2002 - Present.
  • Co-Chairman, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research and Technology Partnership Forum, Traffic Operations Working Group, 1999 - Present.
  • Member, Transportation Research Board (TRB), Urban Goods Movement Committee, 1980 - 1998.
  • Member, National Steering Committee for Transportation Operations, 1999 - Present.
  • Member, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Research and Academia Steering Committee, 2002 - Present.
  • Board Chair, Texas Transportation Hall of Honor, 1998 - Present.
  • Member, Texas Good Roads/Transportation Association.

Honors & Awards

Regents Fellow, Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, 2004.

S. S. Steinberg Award, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, 2003.

"Member Emeritus", HOV Systems Committee, TRB, 2002.

Fred Burgraff Award, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1979.

Technical Council Award, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1993.

Technical Council Award, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1988.

Technical Council Award, International Institute of Transportation Engineers, 1988.

Transportation Engineer of the Year, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Texas Section (TexITE), 1989.

Academic Courses Taught

Public Transportation Planning, Operation and Management. Texas A&M University.