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Gartner Re-appointed to Chair National Committee

Experts in Traffic Flow Theory Advise the Transportation Research Board

Nathan Gartner

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Prof. Nathan Gartner, chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been re-appointed to a  second three-year term as head of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics.

The TRB is one of the six major divisions of the National Research Council, which serves as an independent adviser to the federal government on scientific and technical questions of national importance. The Council is administered jointly by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

"Our committee produced a monograph on the theory of traffic flow that is a defining document of the fundamentals of theory, used by universities across the country," says Gartner. "It's being published as a Special Report by the National Research Council, which gives it the same stature as a Congressional research request."

The Committee consists of 30 recognized experts from Europe, North America and Asia. Meeting once or twice a year, the group facilitates the presentation and publication of traffic flow information and theory. The TRB hosts an annual meeting that attracts more than 9,000 transportation professionals.