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Robert W. Stokes | Professor

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Ph.D. - 1984, Texas A&M University
Urban and Regional Science
Master's in Community and Regional Planning - 1978, Ohio State University
Urban Planning
M.S. - 1977, Ohio State University
Civil Engineering
B.S. - 1976, Antioch College

Contact Information

2114 Fiedler Hall

Professional Experience

Stokes has nearly 40 years of experience in general transportation planning and applied transportation research. He is currently department head and professor of civil engineering at K-State where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in highway design, transportation and transit planning, land development, traffic engineering, and engineering economics. He has been actively involved in sponsored research projects dealing with rural highway safety, transit needs assessments, and a broad range of general feasibility and policy-related transportation issues. Stokes is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2008) and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2008). Prior to joining the faculty at K-State in 1991, he was program manager of the Urban Mobility Program at the Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, and the senior transportation planner for the city of Rapid City, SD.  


During Stoke’s 10 years at the Texas Transportation Institute in Houston, TX, he was responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring applied transportation research projects under the sponsorship of local, regional, state, and federal highway and public transportation agencies. Stokes has extensive experience in the design and implementation of urban, rural and intercity transportation planning studies; highway design, planning and operations; traffic engineering; design and operation of turning lanes; traffic safety; and transit planning, design, operations and land use impact studies. Much of Stokes' work has been conducted in a multi-jurisdictional context which has required coordinating the efforts and priorities of various city, county and state agencies to develop workable solutions to real world transportation problems. Stokes is an active consultant in the areas of highway safety, land use planning and development, and traffic impact studies. Stokes is co-director for the Traffic Assistance Services for Kansas (TASK) program, director of the annual Kansas Transportation Engineering Conference and active in the delivery of distance education courses through the K-State Global Campus. The TASK program is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation for the purpose of developing and delivering highway safety training programs to local (city and county) transportation agencies in Kansas. Since 2002, Stokes has developed and delivered nearly 100 on-site highway safety training courses to city and county transportation agencies across rural Kansas. Since 1997, Stokes has served as director of the Kansas Transportation Engineering Conference, which attracts approximately 600 national and local transportation professionals to K-State each year for the exchange of information concerning the latest developments in transportation engineering policies and practice. Stokes has authored or co-authored nearly 125 journal publications and technical research reports. Since 1991, he has been responsible for securing and administering nearly 6 million dollars in research funds.

Academic Highlights

Since 2007, Stokes has served on 60 graduate student supervisory committees, including three doctorate committees. He served as the major professor on six of those committees. He has served on numerous university, college and department committees, including the College of Engineering Representative in the K-State Faculty Senate (2004-07), the College of Engineering Promotion and Tenure Committee (2002-2011), the Department of Civil Engineering Course and Curriculum Committee (2010-present) and the Department of Civil Engineering Strategic Planning Committee (2012-present). He is past president of the Kansas section of ASCE and past president of the Kansas Association for Uniform Traffic Control. He has served as a member of the ASCE Region 7 Board of Governors and is a past chair of the national ASCE Committee on Student Activities. Dr. Stokes is a past society director for ASCE Region 7 and served on the national ASCE Program and Finance Committees. Stokes is a certified trainer for the National Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, and has assisted in the delivery of SRTS training courses in Kansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. He has worked as a “domestic” Peace Corp (VISTA) volunteer in the mountains of rural South Carolina. He is a member of Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi and Tau Sigma Delta.