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Dr. Ronald K Faller

Assistant Research Professor
Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
130R WHIT
Lincoln, NE 68583-0853
Phone: 402-472-6864
Email: rfaller1@unl.edu
Education
1998 Ph.D. Structural Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1989 M.S. Structural Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1986 B.S. Civil Engineering University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Licensed Civil Engineer in Nebraska
  • Research Associate Engineer, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Interim Director, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Assistant Research Engineer, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Research Specialist, Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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 Analysis of Existing Work-Zone Devices with MASH Safety Performance Criteria
published in ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
2010 Development and Evaluation of the Midwest Guardrail System (MGS) Placed Adjacent to a 2:1 Fill Slope
published in Transportation Research Report
2010 Dynamic Evaluation of a Pinned Anchoring System for New York State’s Temporary Concrete Barriers - Phase II
published in New York State Department of Transportation Research Report
2010 New Test Level 2 Rough Stone Masonry Guardwall
published in Transportation Research Record 2195
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Selected Projects
Dynamic Post Testing Review
Safety Performance Evaluation of Posts for use in a New Short Radius Guardrail for Intersecting Roadways
Performance Characteristics of Posts Embedded in Soil
SAFER Barrier to Movable Barrier V2
TL-2 Stone Masonry Barrier
Simulation and Evaluation of a Cable-to-Post Attachment for High-Tension, Cable Barriers Placed in Medians along Freight Transportation Systems
WI Roadside Safety Research Program FY 10
Deflection of Curved Runs of Cable Guide Rail Under MASH TL-3 Impacts (FY2011)
FHWA Technical Services
Delta Bloc Temporary Barrier
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Selected Awards
2007 Best Paper Award for "Midwest Guardrail System for Long Span Culvert Applications"
2006 Better Roads Magazine Top Rollout Award for "MGS Barrier System"
2004 Best Paper Award for "Midwest Guardrail System for Standard and Special Applications"
2004 Paper was nominated for the K.B. Woods Award for "Midwest Guardrail System for Standard and Special Applications"
2004 Inaugural Pioneering and Innovation Award
2004 Pocono Raceway Bill France, Sr., Award of Excellence
2004 Herb Porter Indianapolis Memorial Motor Speedway Award
2003 NASCAR Bill France, Jr., Award of Excellence
2003 R&D Top 100 Award
2002 SEMA Motorsports Engineering Award
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Leadership Activities
NCHRP Project Panel on Design Guidelines for Roadside Barrier Systems Placed on MSE Retaining Walls Transportation Research Board
Roadside Safety Design Transportation Research Board

Selected Presentations
2011 Development of Low-Cost Energy-Absorbing Bridge Rail
2007 Roadside Safety Research at MwRSF
2007 NCHRP Report No. 350 Update for Longitudinal Barriers
2007 Performance of Steel-Post W-Beam Guardrail Systems
2007 Roadside and Motorsports Safety Research
2007 Selected Guidelines in the Update to NCHRP Report 350
2007 Roadside and Motosports Safety Research and Tour
2007 Roadside and Motorsports Safety Research
2006 A Test Level 4 Noise Wall for Attachment to Concrete Traffic Barriers
2006 Recent Crash Testing at MwRSF
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