Civil engineer Jovanis testifies before congressional subcommittee


Paul Jovanis, professor of civil and environmental engineering, testified before a congressional subcommittee on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Jovanis, who serves as director of the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute’s Transportation Operations Program, discussed how proposed changes in truck driver hours of service safety rules will affect road safety before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.

An expert on transportation system safety, Jovanis has developed statistical models of crash occurrence using data supplied by trucking companies. He has conducted research in this area for over 25 years for a series of government and private sector sponsors.

His other areas of research include collection and analysis of naturalistic driving study data and modeling the relationship between roadway and roadside geometric design and safety.

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