Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Eric T. Donnell, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Eric T. Donnell
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
 
Penn State University
231N Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802
 
(814) 863-7053 (phone)
(814) 863-7304 (fax)
edonnell@engr.psu.edu
 

Primary Research Interests

Highway & Street Design
Speed Management
Traffic Safety
Roadway Delineation Systems

Courses Taught at Penn State University

C E 221W: Transportation Systems Engineering
C E 321: Highway Engineering
C E 421W: Highway Design
C E 423: Traffic Operations
CE 522: Traffic Simulation and Control
C E 526: Highway and Street Design
CE 527: Roadside Design, Safety, and Management
CE 497: Traffic Impact Analysis

Vitae

Education
2003 Ph.D., Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
1998 M.Eng.,Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
1996 B.S., Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
Experience
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University (2010 - present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
The Pennsylvania State University (2004 - 2010)
Associate Engineer, BMI-SG (Bellomo-McGee, Inc. (2003 - 2004)
Research Assistant, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, The Pennsylvania State University (1997 - 2003)
Cooperative Education Work Study Program, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Engineering District 3-0, Montoursville, PA (1994-1995)
Research Assistant, The Last Resource, Inc., Bellefonte, PA (1996 - 1997)
Professional Registrations
Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, License No. PE060273
Professional Memberships
Chair, TRB Committee on Geometric Design
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention
Member, Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute Strategic Management Advisory Committee
Member, Pennsylvania Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference Steering Committee
Member, Thomas D. Larson Fund of Excellence Advisory Board
Eno Transportation Foundation Leadership Fellow, May 2002
Refereed Journal Publications
1. Himes, S. C., E. T. Donnell, and R. J. Porter. Posted Speed Limit: To Include or Not Include in Speed Prediction Models? Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol. 52, No. 6, June 2013, pp. 23-33.

2. Wu, K. F., E. T. Donnell, S. C. Himes, and L. Sasidharan. Exploring the Association between Traffic Safety and Geometric Design Consistency Based on Vehicle Speed Metrics. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 139, No. 7, July 2013, pp. 738-748.

3. Bullough, J. D., E. T. Donnell, and M. Rea. To Illuminate or Not to Illuminate: Roadway Lighting as it Affects Traffic Safety. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 53, No. 4, April 2013, pp. 65-77.

4. Sasidharan, L. and E. T. Donnell. Application of Propensity Scores and Potential Outcomes to Estimate Effectiveness of Traffic Safety Countermeasures: Exploratory Analysis using Intersection Lighting Data. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 50, 2013, pp. 539-553.

5. Porter, R. J., E. T. Donnell, and J. M. Mason. Geometric Design, Speed, and Safety. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2309, TRB of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2012, pp. 39-47.

6. Cruzado, I. U. and E. T. Donnell. Models of Vehicle Operating Speeds along Two-lane Rural Highway Transition Zones: Panel and Multilevel Modeling Approaches. Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 2011, pp. 265-278.

7. Hu, W. and E. T. Donnell. Severity Models of Cross-median and Rollover Crashes on Rural Highways in Pennsylvania. Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 42, No. 5, October 2011, pp. 375-382.

8. Gross, F. and E. T. Donnell. Case-control and Cross-sectional Methods for Estimating Crash Modification Factors: Comparisons from Roadway Lighting and Lane and Shoulder Width Safety Effect Studies. Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 42, No. 2, April 2011, pp. 117-129.

9. Himes, S. C., E. T. Donnell, and R. J. Porter. Some New Insights on Design Consistency Evaluations for Two-lane Highways. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2262, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2011, pp. 31-41.

10. Karwa, V., A. B. Slavkovic, and E. T. Donnell. Causal Inference in Transportation Safety Studies: Comparison of Potential Outcomes and Causal Diagrams. Annals of Applied Statistics, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Vol. 5, No. 2B, 2011, pp. 1428-1455.

11. Karwa, V. and E. T. Donnell. Predicting Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Degradation Using Artificial Neural Networks: An Exploratory Analysis. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 137, No. 2, February 2011, pp. 91-103.

12. Hu, W. and E. T. Donnell. Models of Acceleration and Deceleration Rates on a Complex Two-lane Rural Highway: Results from a Nighttime Driving Experiment. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 13, No. 6, November 2010, pp. 397-408.

13. Himes, S. C. and E. T. Donnell. Speed Prediction Models for Multi-lane Highways: A Simultaneous Equations Approach. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 136, No. 10, October 2010, pp. 855-862.

14. Donnell, E. T., R. J. Porter, and V. N. Shankar. Framework for Assessing the Safety Effects of Roadway Lighting. Safety Science, Vol. 48, No. 10, December 2010, pp. 1436-1444.

15. Stine, J. S., B. C. Hamblin, S. N. Brennan, and E. T. Donnell. Analyzing the Influence of Median Cross-section Design Using Vehicle Dynamics Simulations. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 42, No. 6, November 2010, pp. 1769-1777.

16. Torbic, D. J., J. M. Hutton, C. D. Bokenkroger, K. M. Bauer, E. T. Donnell, B. Persaud, and C. Lyon. Guidance on the Design and Application of Rumble Strips. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2149, Washington, DC, 2010, pp. 59-69.

17. Hu, W. and E. T. Donnell. Median Barrier Crash Severity: Some New Insights. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 42, No. 6, November 2010, pp. 1697-1704.

18. Cruzado, I. U. and E. T. Donnell. Factors Affecting Driver Speed Choice along Two-Lane Rural Highway Transition Zones. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers Vol. 136, No. 8, August 2010, pp. 755-764.

19. Himes, S. C., E. T. Donnell, and R. J. Porter. Some New Insights on Design Consistency Evaluations for Two-lane Highways. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design, Valencia, Spain, June 2010 (full paper review – CD-ROM).

20. Donnell, E. T., H. J. Sommer, P. M. Garvey, S. C. Himes, and D. J. Torbic. Statistical Model of In-vehicle Noise Generated by Highway Rumble Strips. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2009, pp. 308-328.

21. Donnell, E. T., G. R. Chehab, X. Tang, and D. Schall. Exploratory Analysis of Accelerated Wear Testing to Evaluate Performance of Pavement Markings. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2107, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2009, pp. 76-84.

22. Donnell, E. T., S. C. Himes, K. M. Mahoney, and R. J. Porter. Understanding Speed Concepts: Key Definitions and Case Study Examples. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2120, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC., 2009, pp. 3-11.

23. Donnell, E. T., V. Karwa, and S. Sathyanarayanan. Exploring the Statistical Association between Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity and Traffic Crash Frequency: Application of Artificial Neural Networks and the Generalized Estimating Equations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2103, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2009, pp. 50-60.

24. Donnell, E. T., B. P. Stodart, F. Gross, and K. S. Opiela. Appraisal of the Interactive Highway Safety Model’s Accident Prediction and Design Consistency Module Results: Case Studies from Pennsylvania. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 135, No. 2, February 2009, pp. 62-73.

25. Sasidharan, L., V. Karwa, and E. T. Donnell. Use of Pavement Marking Degradation Models to Develop a Pavement Marking Management System. Public Works Policy and Management, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2009, pp. 148-173.

26. Cruzado, I. U. and E. T. Donnell. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Dynamic Speed Display Signs in Transition Zones of Two-Lane Rural Highways in Pennsylvania. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2122, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2009, pp. 1-8.

27. Stodart, B. P. and E. T. Donnell. Speed and Lateral Vehicle Position Models from a Controlled Nighttime Driving Experiment. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 134, No. 11, November 2008, pp. 439-449.

28. Sathyanarayanan, S., V. N. Shankar, and E. T. Donnell. A Weibull Analysis of Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Inspection Data. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2055, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2008, pp. 63-70.

29. Kim, T. G., E. Donnell, and D. Lee. Use of Cultural Consensus Analysis to Evaluate Expert Feedback of Median Safety. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 40, No. 4, July 2008, pp. 1458-1467.

30. Lee, D. and E. T. Donnell. Analysis of Pavement Marking Effects on Nighttime Driver Behavior Using Fuzzy Inference System. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 21, No. 3, May 2007, pp. 200-210.

31. Lee, D., M. T. Pietrucha, and E. T. Donnell. Incorporation of Transportation Experts’ Opinions of Median Safety Using Hierarchical Fuzzy Logic. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1961, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2006, pp. 34-43.

32. Pietrucha, M. T., E. T. Donnell, P. Lertworawanich, and L. Elefteriadou. A Study on the Effects of Traffic Volume, Traffic Speed, Mounting Height, and Lateral Offset on the Visibility of On-Premise Commercial Signs. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 11, November 2006, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 862-871.

33. Donnell, E. T. and J. M. Mason. Methodology to Develop Median Barrier Crash Warrant Criteria. Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. 132, No. 4, April 2006, pp. 269-281.

34. Donnell, E. T. and J. M. Mason. Predicting the Frequency of Median Barrier Crashes on Pennsylvania Interstates. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 38, No. 3, May 2006, pp. 590-599.

35. Donnell, E. T., J. M. Mason, and W. E. Hughes. Median Design Considerations Based on Crash and Cost Analyses. Proceedings of Third International Symposium on Geometric Design, Chicago, IL, July 2005. (full paper review CD-ROM)

36. Donnell, E. T. and J. M. Mason. Predicting the Severity of Median-related Crashes in Pennsylvania using Logistic Regression. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1897, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2005, pp. 55-63.

37. Porter, R. J., Donnell, E. T., and K. M. Mahoney. Evaluation of Effects of Centerline Rumble Strips on Lateral Vehicle Placement and Speed. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1862, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 2004, pp. 10-16.

38. Donnell, E. T., D. W. Harwood, K. M. Bauer, J. M. Mason, and M. T. Pietrucha. Cross-median Collisions on Pennsylvania Interstates and Expressways. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1784, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D. C., 2002, pp. 91-99.

39. Donnell, E. T., Y. Ni, M. Adolini, and L. Elefteriadou. Speed Prediction Models for Trucks on Two-Lane Rural Highways. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1751, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, 2001, 44-55.

40. Donnell, E. T., M. L. Patten, and J. M. Mason. Evaluating a Roadside Assistance Program: The Penn-Lincoln Parkway Service Patrol. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1683, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C., 1999, pp. 143-149.
Funded Research Projects
1. Safety Performance Functions (co-PI). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, August 2012 – October 2013, $500,000.

2. Development of Crash Modification Factors (PI). Federal Highway Administration, February 2013 – January 2016 (with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.), $64,000.

3. Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes at Horizontal Curve Sections on Two-lane Rural Highways (PI). Federal Highway Administration, February 2013 – July 2015 (with University of Utah and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.), $247,000

4. Entry Control Facility Geometric Criteria (PI). Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command Transportation Engineering Agency, October 2011 – April 2012 (with Gannett Fleming), $170,000.

5. Development of a Crash Modification Factor for Application of Safety EdgeSM on Two-lane Rural Highways (PI). Federal Highway Administration, August 2011 – December 2016 (with Persaud & Lyon, Inc. and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.), $112,500.

6. Informational Report on Methods to Achieve Safe Speeds on Rural and Suburban Roadways (PI). Federal Highway Administration, October 2010 – November 2013 (with KLS Engineering and University of Utah), $140,000.

7. Evaluation of Red Bus Lane Treatments (PI). New York City Department of Transportation, June 2010 – December 2011, $155,000.

8. Toward Zero Deaths: A National Strategy on Highway Safety (co-PI). Federal Highway Administration, March 2010 – September 2010, $25,000.

9. Superelevation Criteria for Horizontal Curves on Steep Grades (co-PI). National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Midwest Research Institute, June 2010 – March 2013, $225,000.

10. Study of Glass Bead Gun Angle when Applying Glass Beads to Waterborne Traffic Paints (PI). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center, February 2008 – July 2009, $303,000.

11. Speed Concepts Informational Guide (PI). Federal Highway Administration, August 2006 – October 2009, $112,000.

12. Median Cross-section Design for Rural Divided Highways (PI). National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Midwest Research Institute, January 2006 – present, $221,000.

13. Retroreflectivity Database Study (PI). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, April 2007 – July 2009, $121,000.

14. Effectiveness of Speed Minders in Reducing Driver Speeds along Rural Highways (PI). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center, April 2007 – June 2008, $175,000.

15. Accelerated Testing of Pavement Marking Materials (PI). Rohm and Haas, Inc., April 2007 – August 2008, $25,000.

16. Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Research (PI). Federal Highway Administration, September 2004 – September 2009, $355,000.

17. Operational Effects of Wide Edgelines on Horizontal Curves (PI). Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center, October 2005 – November 2006, $104,000.

18. Guidance for the Design and Application of Shoulder and Centerline Rumble Strips (PI). National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Midwest Research Institute, January 2005 – August 2008, $202,000.

19. Guidelines for Roadway Lighting Based on Safety Benefits and Costs (PI). National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. January 2005 – May 2009, $190,000.

20. Prepare Parts IV and V of the Highway Safety Manual (PI). National Cooperative Highway Research Program and Kittelson & Associates, Inc., June 2005 – December 2006, $21,000.

Book Chapters

1. Donnell, E. T. and J. M. Mason. Chapter 7: Geometric Design for Traffic. Traffic Engineering Handbook (6th edition, ed. W. H. Kraft, W. S. Homburger, and J. L. Pline), Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC, 2009, pp. 211-268.

2. Donnell, E. T. and J. M. Mason. Chapter 17: Context-sensitive Design for Highways and Streets. Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration (ed. J. F. Plant, V. R. Johnston, and C. E. Ciocirlan), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007, pp. 305-330.