George List


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Dr. George F. List, PhD, PE, has 35 years of experience in both academia and consulting and is a nationally recognized scholar for his work in network operations modeling and control, freight network planning, and asset management. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BSEE, 1971), the University of Delaware (MEE, 1976), and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, CE, 1984).

A significant part of Dr. List’s research work focuses on highway network operations. Dr. List is the PI on SHRP 2 L02 (, which is focused on developing a guidebook for creating travel time reliability monitoring systems. Such systems will eventually become a common element of ATMS applications. He was also Co-PI and lead technical expert on a project sponsored by USDOT and NYSDOT in which a probe-based ATIS system was tested in the field. GPS-equipped PDA route guidance devices were provided to 200 participants who used the system to make route choice decisions based on the travel times being experienced by their cohorts. The system proved to have extraordinary value when incidents arose. Dr. List also focuses on optimal real-time control strategies for congested networks and hardware components and systems that can implement these control strategies.

Dr. List has also led major projects focused on logisitics, especially the use of infrastructure investments to help encourage economic development and job growth. One of these is the North Carolina Statewide Logistics Plan ( The other is the Seven Portals Project ( or ( committees/statewidelogistics/).

Dr. List is also known for his work in the modeling, simulation, and optimization of transport systems and networks. He was a 1999 Finalist in the Edelman Prize Competition (INFORMS), the 2003 recipient of Rensselaer’s Darrin Counseling Award, the 2007 recipient of the ITS-America “Best of ITS” award in the area of Research and Innovation and thrice a recipient of the project of the year award from ITS-New York.

From 1984 to 2005, Dr. List was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. While there he served 10 years as Department Chair and eight concurrent years as the Director of the Center for Infrastructure and Transportation Studies. He also held an appointment in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems.

During his nearly 25 year academic career he has chaired theses and dissertation committees for 40 graduate students, of which 12 have successfully completed their doctoral degrees. He has published over 40 refereed journal articles, 50 refereed conference papers, made almost 200 conference presentations, and generated over $13.0M in external research support. Funding for Dr. List’s research program has come from a variety of sources including NSF, NCHRP, SHRP-II, FHWA, DOE, USDOT, FTA, NYSDOT, NCDOT. He is presently managing more than $2M in research including projects focused on developing procedures to monitor travel time reliability in urban and rural highway networks and mechanisms to tie statewide transportation investments to economic development. Dr. List is a member of ASCE (Fellow), TRB, IEEE, ITE, and INFORMS.


Ph.D. 1984

Civil Engineering

University of Pennsylvania

M.S. 1976

Electrical Engineering

University of Delaware

B.S. 1971

Electrical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Research Description

Dr. List is interested in transportation system observability, control, and network planning; sensor design and system instrumentation, wireless technologies, traffic management systems, highway capacity and safety modeling, quality of service assessment, network capacity investment planning; modeling, simulation, and optimization of transport systems and networks; freight logistics; railroad system planning design and operation; multi-objective optimization


Impacts of Private Autonomous and Connected Vehicles on Transportation Network Demand in the Triangle Region, North Carolina
Hasnat, M. M., Bardaka, E., Samandar, M. S., Rouphail, N., List, G., & Williams, B. (2021), JOURNAL OF URBAN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT.
Toward a rational and ethical sociotechnical system of autonomous vehicles: A novel application of multi-criteria decision analysis
Dubljevic, V., List, G., Milojevich, J., Ajmeri, N., Bauer, W. A., Singh, M. P., … Samandar, M. S. (2021), PLOS ONE.
Crash Classification by Congestion Type for Highways
Song, T.-J., Kim, S., Williams, B. M., Rouphail, N. M., & List, G. F. (2020), APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL, 10(7).
Modeling and Evaluating Traffic Flow at Sag Curves When Imposing Variable Speed Limits on Connected Vehicles
Nezafat, R. V., Beheshtitabar, E., Cetin, M., Williams, E., & List, G. F. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(20), 193–202.
Reliability Assessment Tool: Development and Prototype Testing
List, G. F., Rouphail, N., Smith, R., & Williams, B. (2018), TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD, 2672(14), 29–38.
A New approach to understand metro operation safety by exploring metro operation hazard network (MOHN)
Li, Q. M., Song, L. L., List, G. F., Deng, Y. L., Zhou, Z. P., & Liu, P. (2017), Safety Science, 93, 50–61.
Advances in travel time reliability monitoring and assessment
List, G. F., & Williams, B. (2017), Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 21(6), 435–438.
Reassessment of the succession of lactic acid bacteria in commercial cucumber fermentations and physiological and genomic features associated with their dominance
Perez-Diaz, I. M., Hayes, J., Medina, E., Anekella, K., Daughtry, K., Dieck, S., … Azcarate-Peril, M. A. (2017), Food Microbiology, 63, 217–227.
The Relationship between land use and vulnerability to nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in an urban watershed
Tasdighi, A., Arabi, M., & Osmond, D. L. (2017), Journal of Environmental Quality, 46(1), 113–122.
The Response of polymer optical fiber (POF) to bending and axial tension for the application of a pof sensor for automotive seat occupancy sensing
Haroglu, D., Powell, N., & Seyam, A. F. M. (2017), Journal of the Textile Institute, 108(1), 132–139.

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STRIDE: Identifying and Mitigating Congestion Onset
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(1/01/20 - 12/31/21)
NCDOT University Transportation Center of Excellence on Mobility and Congestion
NC Department of Transportation(2/01/20 - 7/31/22)
Identifying Bridges Critical to North Carolina Agriculture and Commerce
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/15/20)
Investigation of Technology to Allow the Tracking of Wait Times and Traffic Points of Origin for Users of the Ferry System
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 12/31/21)
Rural Freight Transport Needs
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 8/15/20)
Impacts of Autonomous Vehicle Technology on Transportation Systems
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/18 - 7/31/21)
Development of A Transportation System Simulation Manual (TSSM)
US Dept. of Transportation (DOT)(9/21/16 - 8/28/19)
SHRP2 L38 Reliability Data and Analysis Tools Implementation Assistance Program Proof of Concept Pilot Study
NC Department of Transportation(8/16/15 - 11/30/19)
Transportation System Simulation Manual - Task Order 5001
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)(8/28/14 - 3/03/16)
SHRP2 L55 - Reliability Implementation Support - Support for L38 Implementation Planning Workshop and Knowledge Transfer Webinars Task Order 110
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.(2/24/14 - 3/21/14)