Aemal Khattak

Aemal Khattak  

Associate Professor
Aemal Khattak
Contact Information:
Lincoln: City Campus
(402) 472-8126

  • Ph.D. (Civil Engineering - Transportation), North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1999
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Transportation), Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1995
  • Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1988

Distinguished Teacher, AHB60 Chair & Area Editor

Dr. Aemal Khattak selected as a recipient of the UNL College of Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015. 

Dr. Aemal Khattak is the Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Highway/Rail Grade Crossings (AHB60). This committee is concerned with the safety and other affected characteristics (including economic considerations, traffic flow and delay, and countermeasures) of both highway and rail traffic at points where they intersect at grade, including the proximate surrounding environment and also including rail transit facilities.

Dr. Aemal Khattak was appointed as the Area Editor for the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security (JTSS) by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Stephen Richards. The Area Editor serves as the main contact point for authors when they submit manuscripts for publication in a particular area and plays a very visible role in the editorial process of peer-reviewed journal publications. JTSS is an initiative of the Southeastern Transportation Center, the University of Tennessee, Beijing Jiaotong University, and publishers Taylor and Francis LLC. 

Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • At-grade highway-rail crossings
  • Transportation infrastructure planning and Safety
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Zhao, Shanshan, Aemal J. Khattak, and Eric C. Thompson. Safety and Economic Assessment of Converting Two-Way Stop-Controlled Intersections to Roundabouts on High Speed Rural Highways. Journal of Transportation Research Forum, 54(1), 2015 (p 131-144).

Tung, Li-Wei and Aemal J. Khattak. Distracted motor vehicle driving at highway-rail grade crossings. Recommended for publication in the Transportation Research Records, January 2015 (paper no. 15-4692).

Gyawali, Sunil, Anuj Sharma, Aemal J. Khattak, and Edward Smaglik. Advanced Warrant Analysis for Displaced Left Turn Intersections using Decision Assistance Curves. Recommended for publication in the Transportation Research Records, January 2015 (paper no. 15-5482).

Zhao, Shanshan and Aemal J. Khattak. Motor vehicle drivers' injuries in train–motor vehicle crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 74, January 2015 (162-168).

Khattak, Aemal J. Investigation of train warning times and gate violations. Transportation Research Record 2458, 2014 (p 104-109).

Khattak, Aemal J. Gate violations by truck drivers at highway-rail grade crossings. Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, 52(1), 2013 (p 117-128).

Khattak, Aemal J., Miao Gao, and Zheng Luo. The impact of removing centerline barriers from highway-rail grade crossings on drivers’ violations. Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 4(4), 2012 (p 295-307).

Khattak, Aemal J. and Zheng Luo. Pedestrian and bicyclist violations at highway-rail grade crossings. Transportation Research Record 2250, 2011 (p 76-82).

Khattak, Aemal J. A comparison of driver behavior at highway-railroad crossings in two cities. Transportation Research Record 2122, 2009 (p 72-77).

McKnight, Gregory A., Aemal J. Khattak, and Ram Bishu. Driver characteristics associated with correct roundabout negotiation. Transportation Research Record 2078, 2008 (p 96-99).

Khattak, Aemal J. and Gregory McKnight. Gate rushing at highway-railroad grade crossings: Drivers' response to a centerline barrier. Transportation Research Record 2056, 2008 (p 104-109).

Khattak, Aemal J. Reducing undesirable motor vehicle driver actions at railroad-highway grade crossings. Transportation Research Record 2030, 2007 (p 54-58).

Khattak, Aemal J. and Huda Shamayleh. Highway safety assessment through geographic information system-based data visualization. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 19(4), October 2005 (p 407-411).

Khattak, Aemal J. Human fatalities in animal-related highway crashes. Transportation Research Record 1840, 2003 (p 158-166).

Khattak, Aemal J., Shauna L. Hallmark, and Reginald R. Souleyrette. Application of light detection and ranging technology to highway safety. Transportation Research Record 1836, 2003 (p 7-15).

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