Michael A. Knodler, Jr. Ph.D, is a professor in the Transportation Engineering Program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Additionally he is Director of the UMass Transportation Center, which includes the Bay State Roads Program, the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe) and newly formed Aviation Center, and is an Associate Director of the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), which includes four different driving simulators. The UMass Transportation Center is home to more than 25 full-time researchers and professionals and includes a Research Affiliate Network of more than 140 researchers with diverse expertise from across the northeast. His main areas of research and teaching are related to transportation safety, operations, design, and education.
Over the past 5 years Prof. Knodler has served as Principal Investigator for more than 30 research projects with over 12 different funding agencies totaling $15.0 million in research expenditures. He has authored more than 100 technical papers, conference proceedings, research reports, and book chapters. Recently, he has led several projects related to unmanned aerial systems (UASs), including both The Application of Unmanned Aerial Systems in Surface Transportation Project and UMassAir: A Research & Educational Collaborative.