Loren Staplin, PhD

Loren Staplin is the founder and Managing Partner of TransAnalytics. Previously, he served as a Senior Research Scientist with the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas Transportation Institute (2002-2003); Vice- President for Transportation Safety at the Scientex Corporation (1992-2000), and Senior Associate with Ketron, Incorporated (1982-1992). Before joining Ketron, Dr. Staplin worked for three years at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as an assistant professor and research scientist.

Dr. Staplin brings a systems perspective to contemporary issues in transportation research, reflecting a multidisciplinary academic and professional background. Early training in the physical sciences complements the behavioral (human factors) focus, which has predominated throughout his professional career; the result is a keen appreciation of the extent to which driver-, vehicle-, and highway engineering-based solutions all must contribute essentially to a safe and mobile society. A balance between driver/pedestrian needs and the real-world concerns of engineering practitioners is evident in Dr. Staplin’s record of accomplishments: He has successfully led over twenty-five research grants, contracts and subcontracts for Federal and State government clients as the Principal Investigator or Project Manager since the early 1980’s.

Significant products of Dr. Staplin’s work include the Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program: Guidelines for Motor Vehicle Administrators, a 2003 publication of NHTSA in conjunction with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators; and the FHWA Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians. These research products have influenced engineering practice by prompting changes to the FHWA’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the AASHTO Green Book. They also have resulted in software applications including a tool used by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to screen individuals who are referred for a medical evaluation of fitness to drive. Overall, Dr. Staplin has published over fifty articles and technical reports addressing diverse aspects of traffic safety, including two chapters in the National Academy of Sciences/Transportation Research Board publication Transportation in an Aging Society: A Decade of Experience.

Dr. Staplin received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1979, from Arizona State University. He is a member of long standing of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). He is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where he now serves as Chair of the Committee for Safe Mobility of Older Persons (ANB60). Previously, he was Chair of the TRB Committee on Operator Education and Regulation (ANB30). Dr. Staplin also serves as a founding member of the Human Factors Resources advisory group to the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD).

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