Meeting local needs for training, technical assistance, and research in transportation

KU Transportation Center Staff

photo of Lisa Harris
Associate Director, Transportation Center
Director, LTAP and RTAP Programs
785-864-2595

Lisa is the Director for the University of Kansas Transportation Center and the Kansas LTAP and RTAP Programs. Her areas of specialty include transportation safety, transportation planning, community planning, communications, and partnership development.

Director, Transportation Center
Professor, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
785-864-3418

Research interests in traffic control devices, highway design, highway safety, and work zone safety.

Toni Dixon - Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
785-864-2590

Toni is the Communications & Outreach Coordinator for the University of Kansas Transportation Center. She manages the communications activities for KUTC, including the website and the production of print and web-based publications and marketing materials.

Emily Wilder  Education Program Coordinator
Education Program Coordinator
785-864-2594

Emily is the Education Program Coordinator for the University of Kansas Transportation Center. She facilitates the LTAP and RTAP training programs, managing the scheduling of events and delivery of services to achieve program goals.

Kansas RTAP Outreach Coordinator
785-864-1469

Anne is Outreach Coordinator and lead trainer for the Kansas RTAP Program. She develops the annual Kansas RTAP training calendar, teaches RTAP classes statewide, trains other transit trainers in the state, and coordinates with partners of Kansas RTAP in ongoing service and new initiatives.

Lisa Koch
Associate Researcher
785-864-4578

Lisa manages the Transportation Center’s research initiatives. She serves as the technical expert on RTAP projects and manages other transit and transportation research projects led by the Transportation Center. Lisa also teaches in the Urban Planning Program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Hemin Mohammed
Road Safety Resource Coordinator
785-864-6631

Hemin is the Road Safety Resources Coordinator. He works directly with county and city public works agencies in Kansas as part of Kansas LTAP. He assists KUTC staff and researchers in the University of Kansas Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department in collecting and analyzing relevant traffic data. Hemin also helps develop a series of road safety briefs for KUTC and Kansas LTAP.

Administrative Assistant
785-864-2599

Alice provides administrative support for the KU Transportation Center and handles requests for resources distributed by the Center.

Nikhila Gunda
Graduate Research Assistant
RTAP Programs
785-864-1592

Nikhila is a Graduate Research Assistant for the University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC) and is a graduate student in the department of Construction Management and Transportation Engineering. In 2017 she earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, specializing in Transportation Planning from KU. She conducts and assists in transportation research projects at KUTC.​

Graduate Research Assistant
RTAP Programs
785-495-0330

Janellys is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Kansas Rural Transit Assistance (RTAP) Program. She serves as project lead on KDOT-funded assignments including a training manual for Kansas dispatchers and supervisors, population projections, and facilitating webinars for transit agency employees. Janellys is a second year graduate student in KU's Urban Planning program with a specialty in transportation planning.

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Affiliated Faculty Researchers

Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
785-864-2597

Research interests in high quality, efficient, safe, health, and sustainable luminous and visual environments.

P.E., Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
785-864-3714

Research interests include geotechnical topics such as new design methods for unpaved roads, multi-tiered earth wall systems, geosynthetic reinforcements and soil improvement techniques.

Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
785-864-6521

Research interests in transportation engineering, traffic flow, highway capacity, and driver behavior.

Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
785-864-2946

Research interests include soil stabilization, flowable fill, site investigation methodology, and solid waste management.

Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
785-864-2999

Research interest in hydrology. Teaches LTAP training workshops in GIS applications to transportation.


Workshop Instructors

Instructor for Kansas LTAP

Teaches Culverts and Drainage, Field Operations: Guardrail Maintenance and Repair, Bridge 101, an Introduction to Bridges, Public Works Role in Emergency, Incident, and Event Management.

Instructor for Kansas LTAP

Teaches Asphalt Road and Street Maintenance and Bridge Maintenance.

Instructor for Kansas LTAP

Teaches Culverts and Drainage, Culvert Management, Surveying, Road Engineering, Public Works I and II and other management classes.

Instructor for Kansas LTAP

Teaches Gravel Road Maintenance 

Instructor for Kansas LTAP

Teaches Workplace, Job Site and Equipment Safety and Snow and Ice Control  


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