A Highlight of Scholarly Contributions from Dr. Bhaven Naik of Ohio University

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University offers top quality education and expert training through their online Master of Science in Civil Engineering. The Ohio University faculty leads students through academic research in many areas of engineering, including construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. With a continued focus on advancements in sustainability, renewable energy, and efficiency, students are provided with an education that incorporates the most up-to-date industry trends to position themselves as leaders.

A key member of the faculty is Dr. Bhaven Naik. He joined Ohio University in 2014 as an assistant professor in the civil engineering department. After earning his PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, Dr. Naik worked as a lecturer and post-doctoral research associate with the Mid-America Transportation Center. His extensive academic and research backgrounds enabled him to participate in projects involving the use of applied statistics, microsimulation modeling, and highway safety analysis to solve complex transportation problems. The following journal articles represent a few of the scholarly contributions that Dr. Naik has made to the field of transportation engineering.

Weather Impacts on Single-Vehicle Truck Crash Injury Severity – Journal of Safety Research

This academic article, written by Dr. Naik and co-authored by Li Wei Tung, Shanshan Zhao and Aemal J. Khattak, was published in the Journal of Safety Research. The journal is highly respected and is affiliated with the National Safety Council. Its editorial focus deals with basic and applied scientific research in unintentional injury and illness prevention associated with traffic, home, workplace and community health and safety.

Dr. Naik’s co-authored paper illustrates the relationship between the effects of weather and the severity of injuries in single-truck crashes. The paper investigates and analyzes detailed weather station data and traffic crash data from roadways. Among the results, findings show that, in single-vehicle truck crashes, higher levels of humidity are associated with less severe crash injuries, while rain and warmer temperatures are associated with more severe injuries. These findings provide useful insights for the formulation of educational and safety programs for truck drivers.

Current Issues in Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Hazard Ranking and Project Development – Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board

Dr. Bhaven Naik, Dr. Benjamin R. Sperry and assistant research scientist Jeffrey E. Warner wrote this article for the Transportation Research Record. The publication prints over 70 issues a year, and is one of the most cited and highly lauded transportation journals in the world. The multitudes of peer-reviewed papers in the journal cover research in transportation planning, economics, operations, construction, safety and other related topics.

Dr. Naik’s article highlights comprehensive research comparing hazard ranking models for highway-rail grade crossing improvement, notably the commonly used US DOT Accident Prediction Model, with state-specific models utilized in 11 states. The paper analyzes findings and specifies insights that help engineers identify hazardous crossing locations, thereby improving the selection of transportation projects and the hazard ranking methods used for investments in highway-rail grade crossings.

Effects of Tree Canopy on Rural Highway Pavement Condition, Safety and Maintenance – The Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Statewide Planning and Research

This project, funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), analyzes the effects of Ohio’s roadside tree canopy on rural highway pavements, specifically on their condition, safety, and costs for maintenance and rehabilitation. Dr. Naik and co-authors Dr. Glenn Matlack, Dr. Issam Khoury, Dr. Gaurav Sinha and Dr. Deborah S. McAvoy, address road pavement problems potentially caused by roadside trees. Since these specific claims have yet to be scientifically explored, the authors undertake a larger, more focused study of the impacts of tree canopy on road pavement deterioration and safe driving conditions. The paper concludes with a plan for designing and implementing a detailed study, and objectively analyzing the economic and environmental consequences of maintaining and cutting trees.

Traffic Volume and Load Data Measurement Using a Portable Weigh-In-Motion System: A Case Study – International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology

Dr. Naik’s article in this respected journal, co-written with five other academics, discusses the need for an alternative to the costly permanent weigh-in-motion (WIM) stations that are found on major highways and can also be used on high-volume rural highways. The paper analyzes the pavement damage to rural highways caused by heavy truck traffic. The case is made for using portable WIM systems that would be convenient and cost effective for collecting accurate traffic information on the existing pavement conditions of rural highways.

At the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, students have the opportunity to learn from top minds in the industry. The accomplished faculty at Ohio University utilizes their expertise to educate students, inspire new thought, and further the body of knowledge in their dedicated fields. Dr. Naik’s intellectual contributions are an example of his dedication to advancing transportation research and improving the field of civil engineering.

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