Timothy Gates

Timothy   Gates
  • Associate Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University
  • 428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3573
  • Engineering Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.353.7224


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Current Research

Dr. Gates has extensive research experience in traffic safety, traffic engineering, traffic operations, and driver behavior and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on these subjects. Since 2007, he has served as PI or co-PI on greater than $12.0 million worth of funded research on greater than 60 competitive grants. Current and recently research projects include: safety and operational impacts associated with raising speed limits (Michigan DOT, Montana DOT, Strategic Highway Research Program, Part 2); driver behavior at signalized intersections (National Cooperative Highway Research Program); safety impacts of intersection sight distance (National Cooperative Highway Research Program); safety performance and economic assessment of roadway design features (Michigan DOT); safety and operational impacts of highway rumble strips (Michigan DOT); highway work zone safety and operations (Michigan DOT, Federal Highway Administration); and pedestrian behavior and safety (USDOT).


  • Traffic engineering
  • Traffic operations
  • Traffic control
  • Traffic safety
  • Countermeasure evaluation
  • Naturalistic driving studies
  • Highway work zones
  • Transportation asset management and economics