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Eric Donnell

Director of Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
PROFESSOR

Affiliation(s):

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Larson Transportation Institute

231N Sackett Building

etd104@psu.edu

814-863-7053

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Transportation Engineering

Interest Areas:

Highway and street design, highway safety, roadside design and management, speed management.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS, Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • ME, Civil (Transportation) Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
  • Ph D, Civil (Transportation) Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2003

Publications

Book Reviews

  • Eric T Donnell, 2013, Review of Fundamentals of Road Design by Wolfgang Kuhn, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 1146-1147

Book, Chapters

  • M. Dimaiuta, Eric T Donnell, S. Himes and R. Porter, 2011, Chapter 2: Speed Models in North America, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington, DC, pp. 3-42
  • Eric T Donnell, J. M. Mason and Jr., 2009, Geometric Design for Traffic, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC, pp. Ch. 7, 211-268

Parts of Book

  • Eric T Donnell, J. M. Mason and Jr., 2007, Context-Sensitive Design for Highways and Streets, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 305-330

Journal Articles

  • J. S. Wood, Eric T Donnell and C. J. Fariss, 2016, "A Method to Account for and Estimate Underreporting in Crash Frequency Research.", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 95, pp. 57-66
  • J. S. Wood and Eric T Donnell, 2016, "Safety Evaluation of Continuous Green T Intersections: A Propensity Scores-Genetic Matching-Potential Outcomes Approach.", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 93, pp. 1-13
  • J. P. Gooch, V. G. Gayah and Eric T Donnell, 2016, "Estimating the Safety Effects of Horizontal Curves on Pennsylvania Two-Lane Rural Roads.", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 92, pp. 71-81
  • J. Aguero-Valverde, K. F. Wu and Eric T Donnell, 2016, "A Multivariate Spatial Crash Frequency Model for Identifying Sites with Promise based on Crash Types.", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 87, pp. 8-16
  • Eric T Donnell, J. S. Wood, S. C. Himes and D. J. Torbic, 2016, "Use of Friction in Horizontal Curve Design: A Margin of Safety Assessment", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2588), pp. 61-70
  • J. S. Wood, J. P. Gooch and Eric T Donnell, 2015, "Estimating the Safety Effects of Lane Widths on Urban Streets in Nebraska Using the Propensity Scores-Potential Outcomes Framework", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 82, pp. 180-191
  • C. M. Morris and Eric T Donnell, 2014, "Passenger Car and Truck Operating Speed Models on Multi-lane Highways with Steep Grades", Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 140, (11)
  • L. Sasidharan and Eric T Donnell, 2014, "Propensity Scores-Potential Outcomes Framework to Incorporate Severity Probabilities in the Highway Safety Manual Crash Prediction Algorithm", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 71
  • K. F. Wu, Eric T Donnell and J. Aguero-Valverde, 2014, "Relating Crash Frequency and Severity: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Shoulder Rumble Strips on Reducing Fatal and Major Injury Crashes", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 67, pp. 86-95
  • J. S. Wood and Eric T Donnell, 2014, "Stopping Sight Distance and Horizontal Sightline Offsets at Horizontal Curves", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2436, pp. 43-50
  • D. J. Torbic, Eric T Donnell, S. N. Brennan, A. Brown, M. K. O'Laughlin and K. M. Bauer, 2014, "Superelevation Design for Sharp Horizontal Curves on Steep Grades", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2436, pp. 81-91
  • K. F. Wu, Eric T Donnell, S. C. Himes and L. Sasidharan, 2013, "Exploring the Association between Traffic Safety and Geometric Design Consistency Based on Vehicle Speed Metrics", Journal of Transportation Engineering, 139, (7), pp. 738-748
  • S. C. Himes, Eric T Donnell and R. J. Porter, 2013, "Posted Speed Limit: To Include or Not Include in Speed Prediction Models?", Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 52, (6), pp. 23-33
  • J. D. Bullough, Eric T Donnell and M. Rea, 2013, "To Illuminate or Not to Illuminate: Roadway Lighting as it Affects Traffic Safety", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 53, (4), pp. 65-77
  • L. Sasidharan and Eric T Donnell, 2013, "Application of Propensity Scores and Potential Outcomes to Estimate Effectiveness of Traffic Safety Countermeasures: Exploratory Analysis using Intersection Lighting Data", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, pp. 539-553
  • R. J. Porter, Eric T Donnell and J. M. Mason, 2012, "Geometric Design, Speed, and Safety", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2309, pp. 39-47
  • W. Hu and Eric T Donnell, 2011, "Severity Models of Cross-median and Rollover Crashes on Rural Highways in Pennsylvania", Journal of Safety Research, 42, (5), pp. 375-382
  • I. U. Cruzado and Eric T Donnell, 2011, "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, 3, (4), pp. 265-278
  • F. Gross and Eric T Donnell, 2011, "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, 42, (2), pp. 117-129
  • V. Karwa and Eric T Donnell, 2011, "Predicting Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Degradation Using Artificial Neural Networks: An Exploratory Analysis", Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 137, (2), pp. 91-103
  • S. C. Himes, Eric T Donnell and R. J. Porter, 2011, "Some New Insights on Design Consistency Evaluations for Two-lane Highways", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2262), pp. 31-41
  • V. Karwa, A. B. Slavkovic and Eric T Donnell, 2011, "Causal Inference in Transportation Safety Studies: Comparison of the Potential Outcomes and Causal Diagrams", Annals of Applied Statistics, 5, (2B), pp. 1428-1455
  • Eric T Donnell, R. J. Porter and V. N. Shankar, 2010, "Framework for Assessing the Safety Effects of Roadway Lighting", Safety Science, 48, (10), pp. 1436-1444
  • W. Hu and Eric T Donnell, 2010, "Median Barrier Crash Severity: Some New Insights", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42, (6), pp. 1697-1704
  • J. S. Stine, B. C. Hamblin, S. N. Brennan and Eric T Donnell, 2010, "Analyzing the Influence of Median Cross-section Design Using Vehicle Dynamics Simulations", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42, (6), pp. 1769-1777
  • W. Hu and Eric T Donnell, 2010, "Models of Acceleration and Deceleration Rates on a Complex Two-lane Rural Highway: Results from a Nighttime Driving Experiment", Transportation Research Part F, 13, (6), pp. 397-408
  • S. C. Himes and Eric T Donnell, 2010, "Speed Prediction Models for Multi-lane Highways: A Simultaneous Equations Approach", Journal of Transportation Engineering, 136, (10), pp. 855-862
  • I. U. Cruzado and Eric T Donnell, 2010, "Factors Affecting Driver Speed Choice along Two-Lane Rural Highway Transition Zones", Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 136, (8), pp. 755-764
  • D. J. Torbic, J. M. Hutton, C. D. Bokenkroger, K. M. Bauer, Eric T Donnell, B. Persaud and C. Lyon, 2010, "Guidance on the Design and Application of Rumble Strips", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2149, Washington, DC, pp. 59-69
  • Eric T Donnell, B. P. Stodart, F. Gross and K. S. Opiela, 2009, "Appraisal of the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model's Accident Prediction and Design Consistency Modules: Case Studies from Pennsylvania", Journal of Transportation Engineering, 135, (2), pp. 62-72
  • Eric T Donnell, V. Karwa and S. Sathyanaraynan, 2009, "Analysis of Effects of Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity on Traffic Crash Frequency on Highways in North Carolina: Application of Artificial Neural Networks and Generalized Estimating Equations", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2103, pp. 50-60
  • I. U. Cruzado and Eric T Donnell, 2009, "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, pp. 1-8
  • Eric T Donnell, S. C. Himes, K. M. Mahoney and R. J. Porter, 2009, "Understanding Speed Concepts: Key Definitions and Case Study Examples", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2120, pp. 3-11
  • Eric T Donnell, G. R. Chehab, X. Tang and D. Schall, 2009, "Exploratory Analysis of Accelerated Wear Testing to Evaluate Performance of Pavement Markings", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2107, pp. 76-84
  • L. Sasidharan, V. Karwa and Eric T Donnell, 2009, "Use of Pavement Marking Degradation Models to Develop a Pavement Marking Management System", Public Works Policy and Management, 14, (2), pp. 148-173
  • Eric T Donnell, H. J. Sommer, P. M. Garvey, S. C. Himes and D. J. Torbic, 2009, "Statistical Model of In-vehicle Noise Generated by Highway Rumble Strips", International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 5, (4), pp. 308-328
  • B. P. Stodart and Eric T Donnell, 2008, "Speed and Lateral Vehicle Position Models from a Controlled Nighttime Driving Experiment", Journal of Transportation Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 134, (11), pp. 443-449
  • T. G. Kim, Eric T Donnell and D. Lee, 2008, "Use of Cultural Consensus Analysis to Evaluate Expert Feedback of Median Safety", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40, (4), pp. 1458-1467
  • S. Sathyanarayanan, V. N. Shankar and Eric T Donnell, 2008, "A Weibull Analysis of Pavement Marking Retroreflectivity Inspection Data", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2055, pp. 63-70
  • D. Lee and Eric T Donnell, 2007, "Analysis of Nighttime Driver Behavior and Pavement Marking Effectiveness Using Fuzzy Inference System", Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 21, (3), pp. 200-210
  • M. T. Pietrucha, Eric T Donnell, P. Lertworawanich and L. Elefteriadou, 2006, "Effects of Traffic Characteristics and Mounting Location on the Visibility of On-Premise Commercial Signs", Journal of Transportation Engineering, 132, (11), pp. 862-871
  • Eric T Donnell and J. M. Mason, 2006, "Predicting the Frequency of Median Barrier Crashes on Pennsylvania Interstates", Accident Analysis and Prevention, 38, (3), pp. 590-599
  • D. Lee, M. T. Pietrucha and Eric T Donnell, 2006, "Incorporation of Transportation Experts Opinions of Median Safety Using Hierarchical Fuzzy Inference System", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 34-43
  • Eric T Donnell and J. M. Mason, 2006, "Methodology to Develop Median Barrier Warrant Criteria", Journal of Transportation Engineering, 132, (4), pp. 269-281
  • Eric T Donnell and J. M. Mason, 2005, "Predicting the Severity of Median-related Crashes in Pennsylvania using Logistic Regression", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1897, pp. 55-64
  • R. J. Porter, Eric T Donnell and K. M. Mahoney, 2004, "Evaluation of Effects of Centerline Rumble Strips on Lateral Vehicle Placement and Speed", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1862, pp. 10-16
  • Eric T Donnell, D. W. Harwood, K. M. Bauer, J. M. Mason and M. T. Pietrucha, 2002, "Cross-median Collisions on Pennsylvania Interstates and Expressways", Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Record 1784, National Research Council, Transportation Research Board, pp. 91-99
  • Eric T Donnell, Y. Ni, M. Adolini and L. Elefteriadou, 2001, "Speed Prediction Models for Trucks on Two-lane Rural Highways", Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Record 1751, pp. 44-55
  • Eric T Donnell, M. L. Patten and J. M. Mason, 1999, "Evaluating a Roadside Assistance Program: The Penn-Lincoln Parkway Service Patrol", Transportation Research Record, Transportation Research Record 1683, pp. 143-149
  • J. S. Wood and Eric T Donnell, , "Stopping Sight Distance and Available Sight Distance: A New Model and Comparison Using Reliability Theory.", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board
  • L. Li, S. I. Guler and Eric T Donnell, , "Pavement Friction Degradation based on Pennsylvania Field Test Data.", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 20 pp.

Conference Proceedings

  • Eric T Donnell, S. Himes and R. J. Porter, 2010, "Some New Insights on Design Consistency Evaluations for Two-lane Highways", Proceedings of 4th International Symposium of Highway Geometric Design, pp. 21
  • L. Sasidharan, Eric T Donnell and P. M. Garvey, 2010, "Effects of Bead Gun Angle and Paint Truck Application Speed on Longitudinal Nighttime Pavement Marking Visibility", Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, pp. 20
  • D. Lee, S. J. Han and Eric T Donnell, 2009, "A Fuzzy Multiple Criteria Decision Making Method for Evaluating Prioritization of International Highway Network Development", Proceedings of the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 20
  • J. Molino, B. Katz, Eric T Donnell, K. Opiela and J. Moyer, 2008, "Can a Subjective Rating Scale be Employed in a Driving Simulator to Predict Real-World Stimulus-Response Relationships Concerning Nighttime Delineation for Curves?", Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
  • B. P. Nevers, R. Y. Mukai, Eric T Donnell and E. Ferguson, 2008, "An Evaluation of Purple Dot Pavement Marking Treatments for Wayfinding at Toll Plazas", Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, pp. 17
  • T. G. Kim, Eric T Donnell and D. Lee, 2006, "Use of Cultural Consensus Analysis to Evaluate Expert Feedback of Median Safety", 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Proceedings of the 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 23
  • J. Molino, B. Katz, Eric T Donnell, K. Opiela and J. Moyer, 2006, "Field Ratings of Nighttime Delineation Enhancements for Curves", 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Proceedings of the 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 16
  • K. S. Opiela, J. Molino, Eric T Donnell and M. J. Moyer, 2005, "Understanding the Effects of Pavement Marking Treatments on Night Driving Behavior and Safety", Road Safety on Four Continents, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference, pp. 13
  • Eric T Donnell, J. M. Mason and W. E. Hughes, 2005, "Median Design Considerations Based on Crash and Cost Analyses", Third International Symposium on Geometric Design, National Research Council, pp. 24
  • Eric T Donnell and W. E. Hughes, 2005, "State Transportation Agency Median Design and Safety Practices: Results from a Survey", Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC
  • J. S. Wood and Eric T Donnell, , "Relationship between Roadside Hazard Rating and Crash Occurrence."

Magazines/Trade Publications

  • J. D. Bullough, Eric T Donnell and M. S. Rea, 2013, "Roadway intersections, lighting and safety", International Municipal Signal Association Journal, 51, (5), pp. 32-35, 60

Other

  • W. Carry, Eric T Donnell, Z. Rado, M. Hartman and S. Scalici, 2012, "Red Bus Lane Treatment Evaluation", pp. 31
  • Eric T Donnell, S. C. Himes and J. M. Mason, 2008, "Highway Safety Manual: Policy Issues"
  • Eric T Donnell, K. M. Mahoney and J. M. Mason, 2003, "Design Exceptions and Context-Sensitive Design", pp. 8
  • Eric T Donnell, K. M. Mahoney and J. M. Mason, 2002, "Relationship between Design Speed, Operations Speed, and Posted Speed Limits", pp. 13
  • K. M. Mahoney, Eric T Donnell and J. M. Mason, 2002, "Context-sensitive Design: A Challenge for Engineers"
  • Eric T Donnell, M. A. Adolini, D. J. Torbic, J. M. Mason and L. Elefteriadou, 2001, "Truck Safety Considerations for Geometric Design and Traffic Operations", pp. 16
  • Eric T Donnell, D. W. Harwood, K. Bauer and J. M. Mason, 2001, "Analysis of Highway Median Safety in Pennsylvania", pp. 12

Research Projects

  • July 2011 - March 2017, "Development of a Crash Modification Factor (CMF) for the Application of Safety EdgeSM on Two-Lane Rural Roads," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.).
  • October 2012 - August 2017, "Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes at Horizontal Curve Sections on Two-Lane Rural Highways," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration).
  • October 2013 - September 2017, "Warning Beacons for Worker Safety," (Sponsor: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute).
  • July 2015 - June 2017, "Development of Self-Enforcing Roadway Design Concepts," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration and Institute of Transportation Engineers).
  • August 2015 - August 2017, "Horizontal Sightline Offset Design Criteria, Exceptions, and Mitigation Strategies (NCHRP 15-59)," (Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program/MRIGlobal).
  • August 2015 - June 2017, "Highway Safety Statistical Paper Synthesis," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.).
  • February 2013 - January 2016, "Development of a Crash Modification Factor for the Continuous Green T Intersection," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc).
  • September 2014 - June 2016, "Speed Limits Set Lower than Engineering Recommendations," (Sponsor: Montana Department of Transportation).
  • December 2014 - June 2016, "70 mph Speed Limit Study," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
  • April 2015 - January 2016, "Regionalized Safety Perfomance Functions," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
  • September 2010 - June 2014, "An Informational Report to Achieve Safe Speeds on Rural and Suburban Roadways," (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration).
  • June 2013 - September 2014, "Safety Performance Functions," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
  • March 2014 - September 2014, "Crash Modification Factors," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
  • March 2014 - September 2014, "Rumble Strips Installation on Thin Pavement Overlays," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation).
  • January 2012 - December 2013, "Entry Control Facility Geometric Criteria," (Sponsor: Gannett Fleming, Inc.).
  • June 2010 - September 2013, "Superelevation Criteria for Horizontal Curves on Steep Grades (Project 15-39)," (Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program).
  • June 2010 - December 2011, "Superelevation Criteria for Sharp Horizontal Curves on Steep Grades," (Sponsor: MRIGlobal).
  • October 2010 - December 2011, "Superelevation Criteria for Sharp Horizontal Curves on Steep Grades," (Sponsor: MRIGlobal).

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Reviewer, Accident Analysis and Prevention, January 2015 - December 2015

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Member, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Promotion and Tenure Committee, August 2013 - May 2017
  • , Schreyer Honors Scholar Advisor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, January 2013 - May 2017
  • Chairperson, Promotion and Tenure Committee, August 2016 - August 2017
  • Member, College of Engineering, Graduate Studies and Research Committee, August 2011 - August 2016
  • Member, Graduate School, Graduate Council Subcommittee for Review of New and Revised Program and Course Proposals, August 2015 - August 2016
  • Member, Teaching Performance and Review Committee, September 2015 - May 2016
  • Coordinator, Transportation Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, August 2013

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chairperson, Transportation Research Board Committee on Geometric Design, April 2012
  • Board Member, Transportation Research Board Design Section, April 2012
  • Chairperson, Safety Technical Advisory Group of Statewide Transportation Innovation Council, July 2014
 


 

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