Justice Appiah, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Principal Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Traffic modeling and simulation
  • Traffic engineering and traffic control devices
  • Highway safety analysis
  • Traffic signal operations


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • B.Sc., Kwame Nkrumah Univ. of Sci. & Tech, Kumasi, Ghana


  • Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Michigan


  • Institute of Transportation Engineers 
  • Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (AHB50), Transportation Research Board
  • Advanced Technologies Committee, ASCE Transportation and Development Institute
  • Transportation Statistics Interest Group, American Statistical Association


  • VTRC Jack H. Dillard Best Paper Award, "Examination of Features Correlated with Roadway Departure Crashes on Rural Roads" (with M. Zhao), 2021
  • Best Paper Award for “Safety Effects of Flashing Yellow Arrows Used in Protected Permitted Phasing: Comparison of Full Bayes and Empirical Bayes Results", (with King, Fontaine, and Cottrell), TRB Committee AHB50 (Traffic Control Devices), 2018
  • VTRC Horizon Award for Significant Impact on the State of Practice in Transportation, 2016
  • International Road Federation Fellow, 2009
  • Charley V. Wootan Award for “Outstanding MS Thesis in Transportation Policy and Planning,” Council of University Transportation Centers, Washington DC, 2005

Current Projects


Justice Appiah, Ph.D., P.E.


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Last updated: May 7, 2024

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