Daniel J Findley

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Dr. Daniel Findley, P.E., is a Senior Research Associate with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. He specializes in asset management and inventory, horizontal curve safety, economic impact analysis, multi-modal transportation, human behavior research, and transportation engineering studies. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 14 funded projects and has conducted research for sponsors including NCDOT, FHWA, ACRP, ITE, and others. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in North Carolina. He also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University.

Dr. Findley was an author for the 1st edition of Highway Engineering - Planning, Design, and Operations, the 2nd edition of the ITE Manual of Transportation Studies, and Chapter 4 of the 7th edition of the ITE Traffic Engineering Handbook. Dr. Findley has authored or co-authored over 22 peer-reviewed journal articles and has given numerous presentations at local, state, national, and international audiences. He is a member of the TRB Operational Effects of Geometrics Committee (AHB65), Traffic Law Enforcement Committee (ANB40), and History Committee (ABG50). He was also a contributing member of the North Carolina Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Dr. Findley was selected for the Transatlantic Partnership for Excellence in Engineering Mobility Scholarship under the Erasmus Mundus Program of the European Union to collaborate with peers at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2012. He has also been engaged in international outreach with a short course in Abu Dhabi and study abroad courses in Australia and Prague.

Dr. Findley manages three education programs, including a Professional Engineering (PE) exam review course, a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam review course, and the Highway Engineering Concepts (HEC) course. He is also active in the local public school education community by serving as a Future City Mentor, STEM Career Role Model, and Academy of Information Technology Mentor.

The following list contains selected relevant publications from Dr. Findley’s research focus areas:

Economic Assessment of Transportation Assets

  • Economic Contribution of North Carolina Airports (2016)
  • Benefits for State-Supported Passenger Rail Services in North Carolina (2015)
  • Fiscal Impact of Strategic Investments at Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (2015)
  • Economic Benefits of Transit (2015)
  • Economic Contribution of the North Carolina Ports (2014)
  • Bridging the Gap – Economic, Health, and Transportation Impacts from Completing a Critical Link in a 22-mile Rail Trail (2014)
  • Fiscal Impact of Strategic Investments at Piedmont Triad International Airport (2014)
  • Economic Contribution of Airports in North Carolina (2012)
  • Economic Contribution of the North Carolina Ports (2011)
  • Benchmarking and Optimization of the North Carolina Ferry System (2010)
  • Benefit/Cost Analysis for Planning Highway Projects (2007)
  • Economic Impact of Airports in North Carolina (2006)
  • Logistics and Economic Development

  • National Review of Aerospace Industry Incentives (2014)
  • Diversifying Revenues to Improve Commerce and Economic Prosperity
  • Seven Portals Study – An Investigation of How Economic Development Can be Encouraged in North Carolina Through Infrastructure Investment (Comprehensive Report - 2011)
  • Seven Portals Study – An Investigation of Economic Development in North Carolina Through Logistics Villages (Advantage West Region - 2011)
  • Statewide Logistics Plan for North Carolina (2008)
  • Horizontal Curves

  • Collecting Horizontal Curve Data: Mobile Asset Vehicles and Other Techniques
  • Applying the Highway Safety Manual to Two-Lane Road Curves
  • Finding and Measuring Horizontal Curves in a Large Highway Network: A GIS Approach
  • Modeling the Impact of Spatial Relationships on Horizontal Curve Safety
  • Evaluation of GIS Applications for Horizontal Curve Data Collection
  • Asset Management and Inventory

  • Retaining Wall Field Condition Inspection, Rating Analysis, and Condition Assessment (In Press)
  • Improved Asset Management and Inventory Development Through Sample Analysis and Vendor-Client Communication (In Press)
  • Considerations for Effective LiDAR Deployment by Transportation Agencies
  • Public Opinions of Roadway Assets: Roadway Review as a New Survey Method
  • Structural and Safety Investigation of Statewide Weathered Steel Beam Guardrail Performance in North Carolina
  • Finding and Measuring Horizontal Curves in a Large Highway Network: A GIS Approach
  • Comparison of Mobile and Manual Data Collection for Roadway Components