TTI Senior Research EngineerRoadside Safety and Physical Security Division
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
1254 Avenue A, Room 100
Bryan, TX 77807
(979) 317-2855 x42855
- M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1995
- B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1991
- B.S., Mechanized Agriculture, Texas A&M University, 1988
Mr. Bullard is the Division Head for the Safety and Structural Systems Division and a Research Engineer for Texas A&M Transportation Institute. He has been employed with TTI a total of 21 years in various roles designing, developing, improving, analyzing, and full-scale crash testing highway safety appurtenances, such as guardrail terminals, crash cushions and breakaway sign supports, for both the U.S. and international markets. He is the Principal Investigator and Engineer for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Automotive Adaptive Equipment project that performs reviews and recommendations of vehicle modifications for driver adaptations for physically disabled persons and performs quality control and safety inspections of those modifications.
Mr. Bullard was employed as a private consultant to industry highway roadside safety hardware manufacturers for four years. During this time his consulting activities included much of the same work as his TTI activities, including setting up a private crash testing facility and conducting approximately 60 full-scale crash tests.
Mr. Bullard was previously associated with the Institute for approximately thirteen years prior to leaving. Mr. Bullard was an Engineering Research Associate and former Head of the Testing and Construction Section in the Engineering Factors Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Proving Ground. Mr. Bullard has contributed to the conduct and/or analysis of more than 1000 full-scale vehicular crash tests. Mr. Bullard participated in the performance of motor vehicle defects analysis. He was Principal Investigator at TTI for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Motor Vehicle Defects Investigation contract. Additionally, he participated in the conduct of numerous exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests for the various motor vehicle manufacturers, including Porsche, Peugeot, Ford, and General Motors. Mr. Bullard was also involved in the fabrication of a stationary parametric measurement device for the Federal Highway Administration, designed to measure vehicle mass moments of inertia.
Mr. Bullard has performed many accident investigations and reconstructions of passenger and commercial vehicle accidents. In addition, he has developed and taught courses in accident investigation and reconstruction and biomechanics of automobile accidents in the United States and the United Arab Emirates. He has authored and coauthored many technical reports relating to highway safety appurtenances. He has been active with the Society of Automotive Engineers Accident Investigation Practices Committee and several subcommittees thereof and a member of the National Research Council, Transportation Research Board committee for motorcycles and mopeds.
Mr. Bullard is active with the National Research Council Transportation Research Board - Committee AFB20 for Roadside Safety; a Research Affiliate of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials - Task Force 13 Committee for Highway Safety; a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association; a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers ? Adaptive Devices Standards Committee; Chairman for the American Society for Testing and Materials ? Development of a Standard Test Method for Boat Barriers; a committee member of the American Society for Testing and Materials for Security Systems and Equipment, Systems Products and Services; a member of the American Traffic Safety Services Association, Guardrail Committee; Chairman for the American Traffic Safety Services Association - Safety Education Committee, and Task Force Leader for the American Traffic Safety Services Association - Guardrail Training Course.
Mr. Bullard is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Washington. He holds fifteen U.S. patents for various highway safety devices and one patent in New Zealand.
Mr. Bullard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanized Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Prior to receiving his Bachelor degrees, he worked as an automobile mechanic and on a racing team.