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Reginald R. Souleyrette is Commonwealth Chair Professor of Transportation Engineering and Chair, Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky (UK) where he has been on the faculty for ten years.

Before moving to UK, he was employed for 18 years by Iowa State University (ISU) where he was the Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) and Associate Director for the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE). Prior to Iowa State, he was Assistant Professor at UNLV where he conducted research on rail access to the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.

He moved to UK in 2011 where his current research interests are in highway and railroad safety and risk analysis, transportation data and information systems. He has supervised nine Ph.D. students and more than 60 M.S. students, some in rail engineering and all of them in transportation subjects.  He has also supervised three post-docs in rail transportation systems.  He served as PI for the Kentucky portion of National University Rail (NURail) Center, and research Director of the Southeastern Transportation Consortium, transportation centers funded by the US DOT.  He has served as chair of the Transportation Research Board Data and Information Systems Section as well as the Chair of its GIS Committee.

Dr. Souleyrette is an author or editor of more than 200 transportation-engineering papers and reports on a range of topics. He has been an invited speaker at conferences, universities and corporations in North America, Europe and Asia.  He has provided expert testimony before the National Transportation Safety Board and served as an invited member on review committees for several the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  He completed his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Dr. Souleyrette is a Professional Engineer registered in Kentucky and Iowa

Research Areas: Highway Safety, Transportation Planning, Data and Information Systems, Railroad Engineering