Michael Demetsky

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Michael J. Demetsky
Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Civil Engineering Emeritus

University of Virginia

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA


Phone (434) 982-2325
Fax (434) 982-2951

Michael J. Demetsky, PhD, received the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He served as the Director of the Center for Transportation Studies until 2003 where he oversaw UVA’s participation in the multi-university ITS Implementation Center in Virginia, and UVA’s program in the Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Center (UTC) which covers Federal Region 3 through Pennsylvania State University.

He is actively involved with state, national and international professional societies and organizations. He is the President of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and past-president of ITS Virginia (ITSVA). He is active on numerous national committees. He has chaired the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Artificial Intelligence and the Executive Committee of the ASCE’s Urban Transportation Division. He is currently a member of the ASCE Intermodal Transportation and Publications Committees of the Urban Transportation Division; TRB’s Committees on Artificial Intelligence and Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics; and the Executive Committees of CUTC and ITSVA. He is a member of ITS America, the Transportation Research Forum (TRF), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Education Committee.


Professor Demetsky received the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Best Paper Award, 1999, and the ASCE 1995 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award. His students have received CUTC national thesis and dissertation awards in 1994, 1995, 1998, and 2002. Professor Demetsky was named a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Dr. Demetsky is also the 2008 recipient of the S.S. Steinberg Outstanding Educator Award, awarded by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to recognize his outstanding contribution to transportation education.

Research Interests

  • Intermodal Freight Transportation Planning and Operations
  • Evaluation of ITS Deployments
  • Decision Support Systems for Transportation Systems Management
  • Performance Analysis of Transportation Systems

Research and Publications

Smith, Brian L., Michael J. Demetsky, Priya K. Durvasula, “A Multiobjective Optimization Model for Flexroute Transit Service Design,” Journal of Public Transportation, Center for Urban Transportation Research, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2003, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, pp. 81-100.

Medley, Sara B., Michael, J. Demetsky, Congestion Performance Measures Using ITS Information, presented at the 2003 Annual ITS America Meeting, May 19-–May 22, 2003, Minneapolis, MN.

Brogan, James J., Stephen C. Brich, Michael J. Demetsky, “Identification and Forecasting of Key Commodities for Virginia,” presented at the 81st Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 13-17 2002, and to be published by the TRB, Journal of the Transportation Research Board No. 79, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2002, pp. 73-39.

Demetsky, Michael, J., B. Brian Park, Ramkumar Venkatanarayana, “A Framework for ATIS Evaluation: A Case Study of the Hampton Roads ATIS”, presented at the 2002 Annual ITS America Meeting, April 29 –May 2, 2002, Long Beach, CA.

Brogan, James J., Stephen C. Brich, Michael J. Demetsky, “Statewide Freight Forecasting Methods for Virginia,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Forum, October 24, 2001, Williamsburg, VA.

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