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


  • TRB Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee (AED20), member(2007 – present), Chair (2020-present)
  • TRB Highway Traffic Monitoring Committee (ACP70), member (2013 - present)
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute Mobility Measures in Urban Transportation Study Committee, Panel Member (2005-Present)
  • NCHRP project 17-72, Update of Crash Modification Factors for the Highway Safety Manual, member (2019- present)


  • 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
  • Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research Tilton E. Shelburne Award for National Leadership, 2010
  • Jack H. Dillard Award for paper "Evaluation of the Impact of I-66 Active Traffic Management System" (with Chun), VTRC, 2016
  • Wallace T. McKeel Award for Embodiment of the Spirit of Leadership through Dedication to the VTRC's Mission and People
  • VDOT Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation (2017)
  • Transportation Research Board Committee AHB50 (Traffic Control Devices) Best Paper Award for the paper “Safety Effects of Flashing Yellow Arrows Used in Protected Permitted Phasing:  Comparison of Full Bayes and Empirical Bayes Results” (With Appiah, King, and Cottrell), 2018


Current Projects


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


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Last updated: November 23, 2023

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