Nicholas Garber

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Nicholas Garber
Henry L. Kinnier Professor of Civil Engineering Emeritus
Center for Transportation studies Associate Director, Safety

University of Virginia
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA
Phone (434) 924-6366
Fax (434) 982-2951

Dr. Garber has authored over 80 refereed publications and reports and has co-authored a textbook. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a chartered engineer of the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers of the United Kingdom. He is the recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s D. Grant Mickle Award. He is also the recipient of the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Garber is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Academy membership honors those who have made “important contributions to engineering theory and practice, including significant contributions to the literature of engineering theory and practice,” and those who have demonstrated accomplishment in “the pioneering of new fields of engineering, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” Dr. Garber was recognized for “significant contributions to national and international engineering education and research in traffic operations and safety.”

Dr. Garber served for several years as chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Traffic Safety in Maintenance and Construction Operations. He is a member of the ASCE’s Committee on Highway Safety and Traffic Operations and a member of the editorial board of ASCE’s Journal of Transportation Engineering. He has served as the principal investigator for many research projects sponsored by federal, state, and private agencies. He has also served on several Transportation Research Board Policy Studies on speed management, and size and weight of large trucks. Before joining the University of Virginia faculty, he taught at the University of Sierra Leone and the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked as an engineer in London and Sierra Leone.


Transportation Research Board, D. Grant Mickle Award, 1996
School of Engineering and Applied Science University of Virginia – Distinguished Professor, 2002
Civil Engineering Department, University of Virginia – Teaching Award, 2002
American Society of Civil Engineering (Virginia Section) Commemorative Award – Service as Chairman of the Civil Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia, 2002
Institute of Transportation Engineers – Edmund R. Ricker – Transportation Safety Award, 2003

Research Interests

  • Traffic Operations and Highway Safety
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Speed Management on High Speed Roads
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Large Trucks Safety

Research and Publications

Garber, Nicholas J. and Hoel, Lester A., Traffic and Highway Engineering, 3rd Edition, Brooks Cole/Thompson Publishing Company, 2002.

Garber, Nicholas J. and Subramanyan, Sankar “A procedure for Incorporating Crash Risk in Selecting Congestion Mitigation Strategies” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Record, No. 1347 Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C., 2002

Garber Nicholas J. and Ehrhart, Angela “Combined Effect of Traffic and Geometric Characteristics on Crash Rates at Urban Interstate Highways” 9th World Conference on Transportation Research, Seoul Korea, July 22 –27 2001.

Garber, Nicholas J. and Zhao, Ming “Distribution and Characteristics of Crashes at Different Locations within Work Zones in Virginia” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Record No.1187 Transportation Research Board Washington DC, 2001

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