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Dr. Dean L Sicking

Professor and Director
Structural Engineering
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
130N WHIT
Lincoln, NE 68583-0853
Phone: 402-472-9332
Fax: 402-472-8934
Email: dsicking@unl.edu

Bio

  • Dr. Sicking was brought to UNL as Director of a fledgling research program, the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, and was assigned the task of bringing the organization into national preeminence. Under Dr. Sicking's direction, the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) has become recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in the development of safer roadside safety features. Many new roadside safety features have been developed under this program that have become standard designs in states across the country. During this process Dr. Sicking developed a small three-state, mid-west pooled fund program into a major source of funding for roadside safety research. The program now includes 11 states ranging from Montana to Connecticut.

    In 1994, Dr. Sicking was asked to lead an effort to win the FHWA Region 7 Transportation Center. In this role, he assembled a consortium of five universities and was lead author of the proposal that successfully captured funding for the Federal Region 7 Transportation Center and created the Mid-America Transportation Center.

    Dr. Sicking has also been a leader in the development of new safety features for private companies. He has been awarded 16 U.S. patents for roadside safety features. Based on these patents, 11 new roadside safety products are currently being marketed nationally with three of these sold globally. Almost every new guardrail terminal installed this year on the National Highway System is covered by one or more of Dr. Sicking's patents.

Education
1992 Ph.D. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1987 M.S. Civil Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1980 B.S. Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Experience

  • Associate Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Leonard A. Lovell Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Nebraska - Mechanical Engineer, No. 7659
  • Director, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility,University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Arizona - Civil Engineer, No. 24602
  • Associate Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Texas - Mechanical Engineer, No. 67617
  • Lecturer, Civil Engineering Department, Texas A&M University
  • Engineering Research Associate, Texas Transportation Institute

Selected Publications
2011 Analysis of Existing Work Zone Sign Supports using MASH Safety Performance Criteria
published in
2011 Development of a Low-Cost, Energy-Absorbing Bridge Rail
published in Transportation Research Record
2011 Design and Testing of Two Bridge Railings for Transverse Nail-Laminated Timber Deck Bridges
published in Transportation Research Record
2011 Non-Blocked, Midwest Guardrail System for Gabion Wall Applications
published in Transportation Research Record
2011 Evaluating the Cost‐Effectiveness of Roadside Culvert Treatments
published in Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE
2011 Head Ejection during Barrier Impacts
published in Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE
2010 Roadway Departure and Impact Conditions
published in Journal of the Transportation Research Record 2195
2010 Analysis of Existing Work-Zone Devices with MASH Safety Performance Criteria
published in ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
2010 Identification of Vehicular 1.Impact Conditions Associated With Serious Ran-Off-Road Crashes
published in National Cooperative Highway Research Program Report
2010 Development and Evaluation of the Midwest Guardrail System (MGS) Placed Adjacent to a 2:1 Fill Slope
published in Transportation Research Report
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Selected Projects
Consulting for SAFER Research and Other Safety Issues
NDOR Maximum Safe Guardrail Height
2010 Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship: Cody Stolle
Feasibility Analysis and Concept Development of Crash Cushion for High Speed Race Tracks
Simulation and Evaluation of a Cable-to-Post Attachment for High-Tension, Cable Barriers Placed in Medians along Freight Transportation Systems
Adaptation of the SAFER Barrier for Roadside and Median Applications
Enhancement of Research Infrastructure at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
Continued SAFER Research and Evaluation
Improving the Performance of Cable Median Barrier
RSAP Data Analysis
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Selected Awards
2009 Best Paper Award presented by TRB Committee on Roadside Safety Design for paper entitled “Guidelines for Cable Median Barrier Implementation”
2008 Best Paper Award presented by TRB Committee on Roadside Safety Design for paper entitled “Midwest Guardrail System Adjacent to 2:1 Slope”
2005 Vision Award from the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame for contribution to racing safety
2005 Best Paper Award presented by TRB Committee on Roadside Safety Design for paper entitled “Midwest Guardrail System for Standard and Special Applications”
2004 Pioneering and Innovation Award from Autosport Magazine
2004 Bill France Award of Excellence from Pocono Raceway
2004 Herb Porter Award from Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2003 Bill France Junior Award of Excellence, from NASCAR
2003 R&D 100 Award from Research and Development (R&D) Magazine
2002 Star of the Year, Presented by Lincoln Journal Star
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Leadership Activities
2007 Roadside Safety Design Transportation Research Board
Development of a Strategic National Highway Infrastructure Safety Research Agenda Transportation Research Board
Improvement of the Procedures for the Safety-Performance Evaluation of Roadside Features Transportation Research Board
NCHRP Project Panel on RSAP Update Infrastructure Safety Research Agenda Transportation Research Board

Selected Presentations
2011 Recommendations for Impact Conditions Used in Side Impact and Nontracking Testing
2011 Development of Low-Cost Energy-Absorbing Bridge Rail
2011 Factors Leading to Cable Median Barrier Failures
2009 Isolating Inertial Effects During Dynamic Strength Testing
2009 Guidelines for Median Barrier Implementation,”
2008 Comments During Balloting of MASH
2008 Using RSAP to Develop Guidelines for Positive Protection in Work Zones
2007 Maintenance and Repair of the SAFER Barrier
2007 Manufacturing the SAFER Barrier
2007 Roadside Safety Research at UNL
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