Nicholas J. Garber is a University Distinguished Professor at the University of Central Florida, and the Henry L. Kinnier Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. He served as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia from 1996 – 2002.

He was a Professor of Civil Engineering in the faculty of Engineering of the University of Sierra Leone, where he was also the Dean of the faculty of Engineering. He also taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he played an important role in the development of the graduate program in Transportation Engineering. He was a visiting Professor at the University College London, University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Garber worked as a design engineer for consulting engineering firms in London between 1961 and 1964, and worked as an Area Engineer and Assistant Resident Engineer in Sierra Leone between 1964 and 1967.

Dr Garber received the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Civil Engineering from the University of London and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Dr. Garber’s research is in the areas of Traffic Operations and Highway Safety. He has been the principal investigator for many federal-, state-, and private-agency-sponsored research projects. He is the author of over 150 refereed publications and reports. He is a co-author of the textbooks Traffic and Highway Engineering 5th Ed. Cengage Learning 2015, and Transportation Infrastructure Engineering: A Multi-Modal Integration, Thompson/Nelson 2007.

Dr. Garber served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) for several years, and served for many years as chair of the TRB Committee on Traffic Safety in Maintenance and Construction Operations, currently the Committee on Work Zone Traffic Control. He has served as a member of several NRC/TRB Policy Studies on speed management, size and weight of large trucks, transportation of hazardous materials, and research priorities and coordination in highway infrastructure and operations safety. He also served as a member of the TRB Oversight Committee for the Strategic Highway Research Program II (SHRP II). Dr. Garber also served as a member of several other national committees of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).  He was a member of the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering.

Dr. Garber is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a recipient of many awards including the TRB D. Grant Mickle Award, the ASCE Wilbur S. Smith Award, the ITE Edmund R. Ricker Transportation Safety Award, the American Roads and Transportation Builders (ARTBA) S. S. Steinberg Outstanding Educator Award, and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Virginia Section Commendation Award for exemplary service and leadership contributions as Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Virginia. He is listed in who’s who in Science and Engineering and who’s who in the world.

Dr. Garber is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers of the United Kingdom, and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and Chi Epsilon.


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University

M.S. in Civil Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of London

Research Interests

Traffic Operations
Highway Safety