About the Director

The director’s resume and list of recent publications are as follows.

State and Local Government – Highway Design and Research, 1968-1972

Private Industry – Transportation, Human Factors, and Highway Safety Research, 1973-Present

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1968

Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Major:  Transportation Engineering
West Virginia University, 1970

Ph.D. Program in Transportation Engineering University of Maryland, Course Work Requirements Completed


Highway Capacity Workshop; Northwestern University, 1971
Transportation Systems Engineering; University of Virginia, 1972
Human Factors Engineering; University of Michigan, 1974
Coordinated Traffic Signal Systems; Georgia Institute of Technology, 1975 Highway Accident Research; National Highway Institute, 1981 Advanced Statistics Workshop; SYSTAT: The System for Statistics; Evanston, Illinois, 1988
Traffic Access and Impact for Site Development; Institute for Transportation Engineers, 1990 Traffic Accident Analysis and Reconstruction; George Washington University, 1990 Motor Vehicle Accident Reconstruction, Society of Automotive Engineers, 1999 Various highway/pedestrian Safety Seminars, 2008

National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Transportation Research Board Committee on Motorist Information Systems Committee on Methodology for Evaluating Highway Improvements Technical Review Panel for Truck Size and Weight Institute for Transportation Engineers, Fellow Human Factors Society


Licensed Professional Engineer: Arizona, California, North Carolina and Virginia


June 1968 to June 1969 – Arlington County Government; Arlington, Virginia Highway Design Engineer
-Determined alignment of street, curb, and driveway access
-Designed open and closed culvert and pipe storm drainage systems
-Served on select task force to develop utility inventory system

June 1969 to May 1972 – Virginia Highway Research Council; Charlottesville, Virginia

Highway Research Engineer

-Guide sign design and human factors evaluation based on erratic vehicle maneuvers
-Conducted statewide analytic survey of highway signing inventory systems
-Member of special task force to develop remedial measures for accident-prone interchanges
-Participated in engineering evaluations of highway construction zone devices, railway grade crossing warning devices, and reflective delineators

May 1972 to January 1981 – BioTechnology, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia Senior Transportation Research Engineer
-Directed numerous major research studies evaluating driver/pedestrian behavior
-Emphasis on driver responses to signing and other traffic control devices
-Applied sophisticated roadway instrumentation data collection techniques

-Developed and analyzed driver surveys

January 1981 to Present – Transportation Research Corporation; Haymarket, Virginia Director
-Conducted major sponsored research in transportation engineering/human factors
-Consulted on numerous highway safety studies
-Provided expert testimony in a variety of traffic safety related cases.

January 2005 to June 2009 (Part-time) – Virginia Department of Transportation Transportation Engineer
– Operational studies of highway design and traffic control devices

Fifty refereed papers, published in four languages Institute of Transportation Engineers, National Past Presidents’ Award, 1975


Hanscom, F. R. Orange Pavement Markings: Implications for MUTCD Application. Presented to: American Transportation Safety Services Association, Williamsburg, VA, August, 2018

Hanscom, F. R. and Dewer, R. E., Chapter 18, Highway Work Zones in Human Factors in Traffic Safety, 3 rd Edition, Lawyer’s and Judges Publishing Company, Tucson, AZ; December 2015.

Hanscom, F. R. and Dewer, R.E. Chapter 2, Human Factors in Traffic Control Devices Handbook, 2 nd Edition, Publication IR-112A; ISBN-10: 1-933452-67-6 Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington DC 2002, March 2013 Weber, P. and Hanscom, F. R., Advance Diagrammatic and Overhead Signing at Roundabouts, Presented at the 3rd International Roundabout Conference,
Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, May 2011

Hanscom, F. R., Appendix D, Comprehension Testing, Markings, Signage  and Application Criteria for Multi-lane Roundabouts, Final Report prepared for Transportation Association of Canada, Ourston Roundabouts Canada, Toronto,
Canada, October 2010

Hanscom, F. R., Drivers’ Understanding of Innovative Roundabout Traffic Control Devices, ITE Journal, Volume 80, Number 7, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC, July, 2010

McGee, H.W. and Hanscom, F.R., Low-cost Safety Treatments for Horizontal Curves, Public Roads, Volume 72, Number 5, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC , April, 2009

Hanscom, F. R., Human Factors Laboratory Testing of Roundabout Traffic Control Devices for the 2009 MUTCD.  Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, 2009

Dewar, R. E and Hanscom, F. R. Chapter 19, Work Zones and Chapter 20, Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Human Factors in Traffic Safety, 2nd Edition, Lawyer’s and Judges Publishing Company, Tucson, AZ; 2007.

McGee, H.W. and Hanscom, F.R., Low-cost Treatments for Horizontal Curve Safety, Report FHWA-SA-07-002, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC, December 2006.  Also presented at the ITE 2009 Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, August 9-12, 2009

Inman, V.W., Katz, B.J., and Hanscom, F.R., Navigation Signing for
Roundabouts, Transportation Research Record 1973, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2006

Hanscom, F.R., Recommended Exit Sign Information Loads within
Roundabouts, Presented at 2005 International ITE Meeting, August 8, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia.  Paper published in the 2005 Annual Meeting Compendium of Technical Papers¸ Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, DC, August 2005

Lerner, N., Smiley, A., and Hanscom, F.  Comprehensive Human Factors Guidelines for Road Systems, NCHRP 17-18(8)  Web-Only Document, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (National Research Council),  March 2005

Katz, B.J., Hanscom, F.R., and Inman, V.W., Navigation Signing for
Roundabouts, Presented at the Transportation Research Board International Conference on Roundabouts, Vail, Colorado, June 2005

Hanscom, F. R. ITS Collision Avoidance At Restricted-Visibility Rural Intersections, Paper published in the 2004 Technical Conference and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers¸ Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington, D.C., March 2004

Hanscom, F. R. and Dewer, R.E.  Chapter 2, Human Factors in Traffic Control Devices Handbook 2001, Publication IR-112; ISBN 0-935403-66-3 Institute of Transportation Engineers, Washington DC 2002

Hanscom, F. R. Evaluation of the Prince William County Collision
Countermeasure System, Report VTRC 01-CR5, Virginia Transportation Research Council, Charlottesville, VA, February 2001 Lerner, N.D., Steinberg, G.V., and Hanscom, F.R.  Development of Countermeasures for Driver Maneuver Errors, Report FHWA-RD-00-022, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C., December 1999

Hanscom, F. R.. and Goelzer, M. W.  Truck Weight Enforcement Measures of Effectiveness: Development and Software Application, Transportation Research Record 1643, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 1998

Hanscom, F. R. Highway Agency Implementation of Maintenance Work Zone Safety Devices, Proceedings of the Strategic Highway Research Program and Traffic Safety International Conference, Prague, The Czech Republic, 20-22 September, 1995; and Proceedings of the International Forum on Road Research Safety, Bangkok, Thailand, 25-27 October, 1995; Swedish National
Road and Transportation Institute, S-581 95, Linkoping, Sweden, 1996

Hanscom, F. R.  Highway Evaluation of Maintenance Work Zone Safety Devices.  Proceedings of the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) and Traffic Safety on Two Continents,  Hague, Netherlands, 22-24 September, 1993. Swedish Road and Traffic Research Institute, Linkoping, Sweden, 1993

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