Mr. John Shaw is a multidisciplinary road safety professional with more than 30 years of transportation experience, bringing a practitioner’s eye to research and a researcher’s eye to practice. Mr. Shaw joined Iowa State University in 2017. Since then, he has developed guidance on disasters near work zones for the Federal Highway Administration, co-authored the Rural Transportation Research Roadmap for the National Collaborative Highway Research Program, and conducted research on motor vehicle crashes involving railroad crossing signal apparatus, among other projects. Mr. Shaw also served as Local Road Safety Liaison to disseminate information about methods for improving safety on county and municipal roadways.
Mr. Shaw’s current work includes development of the World Bank Road Safety Calculator, an online tool designed to assist transportation practitioners in low- and middle-income countries with selection of appropriate roadway safety strategies. In addition, Mr. Shaw is currently developing pedestrian crossing treatment selection guidance for the Nevada Department of Transportation and collaborating on the development of anti-tailgating messaging for work zones. He has published on pedestrian safety in work zones, methods for calibrating and validating traffic models, highway safety, performance evaluation for public transportation systems, and the selection of traffic analysis software.
- MS, Urban Planning, University of Michigan, 1990
- BSE, Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, 1988
- Professional Engineering (PE) License, State of Wisconsin (No. 38605-6)
- Researcher/Research Scientist IV, Center for Transportation Research and Education, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University, 2017–present
- Researcher, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2011–2017
- Transportation Analysis & Data Management Program Leader, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), 2006–2011
- Data & Analysis Supervisor, Wisconsin DOT, 2000–2006
- Civil Engineer – Local Transportation Programs, Wisconsin DOT, 1993–2000
- System Engineer – O’Hare Automated Transit System, Matra Transit, Inc., 1991–1993
- Shaw, J., and N. Oneyear. 2023. Pedestrian Accommodations in Work Zones: Systematic Literature Review and Research Needs. Proc., 102nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
- Cyr, J. D., J. W. Shaw, and P. T. Savolainen. 2019. Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Railroad Crossing Signal Masts and Guardrails. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2673, No. 12, pp. 191–
- Shaw, J. 2019. Predicting the Service Life of High-Tension Cable Barriers: A Summary of Expert Opinions. Proc., 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
- Shaw, J. W., M. V. Chitturi, K. R. Santiago-Chaparro, L. Qin, A. R. Bill, and D. A. Noyce. 2018. Orange Work Zone Pavement Marking Midwest Field Test. Proc., 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
- Shaw, J. W., Z. N. Hans, R. R. Souleyrette, and P. T. Savolainen. 2018. Selecting Safety Improvement Projects for Railroad Grade Crossings on Public Highways: Issues and Opportunities. Proc., 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.
Professional Affiliations and Service
- Member, TRB Standing Committee on Traffic Simulation (ACP80)
- Member, TRB Rural Transportation Coordinating Council (A0040C)
- Friend, TRB Standing Committee on Traffic Control Devices (ACP55)
- Friend, TRB Standing Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries (AME40)
- Friend, TRB Standing Committee on Transportation Safety Management Systems (ACS10)
- Friend, TRB Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Safety Performance and Analysis (ACS20)
- Friend, TRB Standing Committee on Impairment in Transportation (ACS50)
- Friend, Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Health (AME70)