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Civil Engineering

Dissanayake, Sunanda; PhD, PE

Professor and Graduate Program DirectorDissanayake S

2128 Fiedler Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-1540

sunanda@ksu.edu 

Area(s) of Specialization

Transportation and Materials Engineering

Education

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Moratuwa
M.S. Civil Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of South Florida
Post-Doctorate University of South Florida

Research Interests

Dr. Dissanayake's research focuses on traffic engineering, traffic control systems, and modeling and simulation of transportation systems to improve safety in urban and rural highways.

Recent Publications

Ishani Dias* and Sunanda Dissanayake, “Characteristics of Red-Light-Running Crashes and Effectiveness of Retro-Reflective Signal Back plates in Reducing Red-Light-Running Violations”, Journal of Advances in Transportation Studies-An International Journal, XXXIV Issue, October 2014.

Niranga Amarasinghe* and Sunanda Dissanayake, “Gender Differences of Young Drivers on Injury Severity Outcome of Highway Crashes”, Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 49, June 2014.

Sunanda Dissanayake and Uttara Roy*, “Crash Severity Analysis of Single Vehicle Run-Off-Road Crashes, Journal of Transportation Technologies, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2014.

Niranga Amarasinghe* and Sunanda Dissanayake, “Modeling Frequency of Truck Crashes on Limited-Access Highways”, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Volume 52, Number 3, 2013.

Niranga Amarasinghe* and Sunanda Dissanayake, “Modeling Injury Severity of Young Drivers Using Highway Crash Data from Kansas”, Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Volume 52, Number 1, 2013.

Siddhartha Kotikalapudi* and Sunanda Dissanayake, “Study of Characteristics and Evaluation of Severity Factors Associated with Large-Truck Crashes”, Advances in Transportation Studies, An International Journal, XXIX Issue, April 2013.

Sponsored Projects (Ongoing and Recent)

“Effect of Vehicle Color and Background Visibility for Improving Safety on Rural Kansas Highways”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Thomas Hallaq (Co-PI), Funded by Kansas Department of Transportation, 2014. ($ 45,090)

“Aging Road User Survey and Crash Analysis to Identify Issues and Applicable Improvement Strategies for Kansas Conditions”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Funded by the K-TRAN program of the Kansas Department of Transportation, 2014. ($ 69,000)

“Reducing Work Zone Duration, Comparison of Nighttime vs. Daytime Crashes and Effectiveness of Lighting in Highway Work Zones”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Funded by Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC), 2013 ($ 60,418)

“Calibrating the HSM Rural Multi-lane Model for Kansas Highways”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Funded by the K-TRAN program of the Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013. ($ 65,000)

“Gravel Road Paving Guidelines”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Funded by the K-TRAN program of the Kansas Department of Transportation, 2013. ($ 69,000)

“Highway Work Zone Capacity Estimation Using Field Data from Kansas”, S. Dissanayake (PI), Funded by the Smart Work Zone Deployment Initiative, FHWA Pooled Fund Project, US Department of Transportation/Iowa State University, 2013 ($ 49,962).

Major Honors and Recognitions

Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State, 2011
Meyers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award, KSU College of Engineering, 2010

Editorial Board, Journal of Transportation Safety and Security