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Civil Engineering

Eric J. Fitzsimmons | Assistant Professor

Photo of Eric J. FitzsimmonsHal and Mary Siegele Professorship in Engineering

Post-Doc - University of Kansas
Ph.D. - 2011, Iowa State University
Civil Engineering (Transportation)
M.S. - 2007, Iowa State University
Civil Engineering (Transportation)
B.S. - 2005, Iowa State University
Civil Engineering

Contact Information

2138 Fiedler Hall

Professional Experience

Fitzsimmons’ research interests include highway safety and operations in both rural and urban environments. His research has been funded by state departments of transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, NCHRP and university transportation centers. Some examples of research Fitzsimmons has conduct or in progress include: development and analysis of vehicle trajectory along horizontal curves, wrong-way driving crashes, usRAP demonstration in Kansas, traffic calming applications, micro-simulation of access management, automated enforcement, work zone applications including temporary traffic signals and transportation management plan (TMP) strategies, vehicle data collection, big data applications in highway operations, railroad engineering, and engineering education. 


Fitzsimmons’ research focuses on highway safety and operations (urban and rural), vehicle data collection and reduction strategies, work zone safety, micro-simulation, automated enforcement applications, highway geometrics including horizontal curves, access management, signalized intersection safety, sustainability, vehicle tracking applications, railroad and transportation engineering education.

Academic Highlights

Fitzsimmons has authored and/or co-authored 15 journal papers, 26 research reports and over 30 conference manuscripts, and holds one patent pending of a self-deicing traffic signal he co-invented with two of his colleagues at the University of Kansas. Fitzsimmons is highly active in professional activities and is an associate member of American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education. Dr. Fitzsimmons currently serves as a member of multiple Transportation Research Board standing committees including: Operational Effects of Geometrics (AHB65), Access Management (AHB70) and Traffic Law Enforcement (ANB40).