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Civil and Architectural Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Rhonda K. Young

Associate Professor
University of Wyoming

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering

Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071




  • State of Wyoming Board of Registration
    Professional Engineer (No. 9833)
  • State of Washington Department of Licensing
    Professional Engineer (No. 34489)

Research Interests:

My research interests are in transportation decision-making, statewide multimodal planning, safety, and rural intelligent transportation systems. My research efforts in transportation decision-making and multimodal planning stem from work for the National Science Foundation to develop a GIS based tool to aid in funding decisions by better utilizing both public participation and analytic tools. My research into rural ITS is in the integration of real-time weather and speed data to operate rural systems aimed at improving safety of rural roads during severe weather events.

Recent Publications:

  • Vander Giessen, Steven, James Kladianos, and Rhonda Young. (2008) "Effects of Varying Functional Classification on the Cost of Roadways" ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Accepted for publication in July 2008.
  • Zhong, Tao , Rhonda Young, Mike Lowry, and G. Scott Rutherford. (2007) "A Model for Public Involvement in Transportation Improvement Programming using Participatory Geographic Information Systems." Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pg 123-133.
  • " Vokurka, Christopher, and Rhonda Young. "Relating Vehicle-Wildlife Crashes to Road Reconstruction". Proceedings from the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2008.
  • " Young , Rhonda, Tao Zhong, Mike Lowry, G. Scott Rutherford, and Timothy Nyerges. (2007) "An Analytic-Deliberative Online Framework for Transportation Programming". International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Vol. 3, Issue 2, pg. 89-98.
  • " Young, Rhonda and Joel Liesman. (2007) "Intelligent Transportation Systems for Operation of Roadway Segments in High-Wind Conditions." Transportation Research Record 2000, Pages 1-7.
  • " Young, Rhonda and Joel Liesman. (2007) "Estimated Relationship between Measured Wind Speed and Overturning Truck Crashes Using Binary Logit Model." Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 38, Issue 3, pg. 574-580.
  • " Zhong, Tao, Mike Lowry, Rhonda Young, G. Scott Rutherford and Timothy Nyerges. (2007) "An Analytic-Deliberative Framework for Transportation Programming." Proceedings from the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2007.
  • " Zhong, Tao, Mike Lowry, Rhonda Young, and G. Scott Rutherford (2007) "A New Model for Public Involvement in Transportation Improvement Programming." Proceedings from the 86th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2007.
  • " Young, Rhonda. (2006) Transportation Research Circular E-C091: Innovations in Statewide Planning. Transportation Research Board, National Academy Press, Washington D.C.
  • " Young, Rhonda, Chris Wolffing, and Michael Tomasini. (2005) "Highway Construction Impacts to Wyoming Businesses." Transportation Research Record 1924. Pages 94-102
  • " Young, Rhonda, Jennifer Barnes, and G. Scott Rutherford. (2002) "Multimodal Investment Choice Analysis for Washington State Transportation Projects: Phase 1 Results." Transportation Research Record 1817. Pages 137-142.

Recent Projects:

  • Southern Wyoming I-80 Dynamic Message Signs Evaluation. Project to be completed April 2010.
  • ITS System to Reduce High Wind Truck Crashes on I-25 near Bordeaux, WY. Project to be completed July 2010.
  • Variable Speed Limit System for I-80 Elk Mountain Corridor. Project to be completed February 2010.
  • Developing System for Consistent Messaging on Interstate 80's Dynamic Message Signs. Project to be completed June 2009.
  • Effectiveness of Trapper's Point Wildlife Crossing Animal Detection System. Project to be completed December 2008.
  • Relating Vehicle-Wildlife Crash Rates to Roadway Improvements. Project completed January 2007.
Courses taught include:
  • CE 3500 - Transportation Engineering
  • CE 4100 - Civil Engineering Applications in GIS
  • CE 4555/5555 - Geometric Design
  • CE 4900 - Comprehensive Design Experience in Transportation
  • CE 5535 - Engineering Decision-Making
  • CE 5520 - Traffic Operations
  • CE 5540 - Traffic Control
  • CE 5560 - Traffic Safety
  • CE 5570 - Transportation Planning
  • CE 5575 - Intelligent Transportation Systems
Academic Experience:
University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, August 2008 - present
Associate Professor

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, August 2002 - July 2008
Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, August 1999 - June 2002
Research Assistant

Royal Institute of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden, January 1999 - June 1999
Valle Research Fellow

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