New director appointed to HSRC
A new director has been named to head the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. Dr. H. Douglas Robertson, P.E., brings a wealth of experience to the position ranging from work in the public and private sectors to experience in academia and the military. "I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity," said Robertson, a former Vice President and Regional Operations Manager for Science Applications International Corp., in Alexandria Va. "I've been drawn to the safety field since I first got into transportation 30 years ago simply because there is such an easy link of saying the work I'm doing has a positive impact on people's lives. This is a good place to be."
Representatives from 8 UNC departments and centers recommended Robertson from a pool of 23 applicants from all over the world. He joined the Center October 1, 1999. In addition to his position as HSRC Director, Robertson holds an appointment as Research Associate Professor with the UNC Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.
Prior to working at SAIC, Robertson was a professor of civil engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has also held positions at ITS America, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, BioTechnology, Inc., and the U.S. Army. Throughout his research career, he has served as the principal investigator on numerous transportation safety studies including work on symbolic pedestrian signal displays that led to the adoption of the "hand-walking man" symbols as a national standard for pedestrian signals in the United States.