Michael D. Fontaine, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Director for Safety, Operations, and Traffic Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Traffic operations
  • Traffic engineering
  • Highway safety analysis
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Traffic monitoring systems
  • Work zone traffic control and safety


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia 
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia 
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Virginia


  • Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia

Selected Memberships:

  • TRB Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (AED20), member (2007 – present), Chair (2020-present)
  • Eastern Transportation Coalition Traffic Data Marketplace Validation Committee, Chair (2022-present)
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute Support for Urban Mobility Analyses Pooled Fund Study, Panel Member (2005-Present)

Selected Awards:

  • Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research Tilton E. Shelburne Award for National Leadership (2010)
  • Wallace T. McKeel Award for Embodiment of the Spirit of Leadership through Dedication to the VTRC's Mission and People (2016)
  • VDOT Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation (2017, 2023)
  • AASHTO “Sweet Sixteen” High Value Research Award for the project Impact of the I-77 Variable Speed Limit System on Speed and Crash Characteristics During Low Visibility Conditions (2022) 
  • Best Technical Paper Award for “Development of a Performance Evaluation Application for the I-95 Variable Speed Limit System in VA ", (with Cho and Robartes), Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineer Annual Meeting 2023

Current Projects


Michael D. Fontaine, Ph.D., P.E.


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Last updated: May 7, 2024

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