Thomas A. Wall, Ph.D.

 

Degrees:

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2013)

MS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2010)

Honors BS, Civil Engineering, Oregon State University, (2006)

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Thesis/Dissertation Topic:

Climate Change Adaptation and Infrastructure Management  

Publications:

Book Chapters

Bricka, S., D. Spillane, T. Geiselbrecht, T. Parker, T. Wall.  “Can we have a few minutes of your time? The Use of Social Media in Transportation Surveys,” Chapter 5-2 in Best Practices for Transportation Agency Use of Social Media, S. Bregman and K.E. Watkins, eds., CRC Press, New York, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Thomas A. Wall, Michael O. Rodgers, Richard M. Fujimoto, Michael Hunter. "A Federated Simulation Method for Multi-Modal Transportation Systems: Combining a Discrete Event-Based Logistics Simulator and a Discrete Time Step-Based Traffic Microsimulator," Submitted to Simulation.

Mary Katherine Watson, Elise M. Barrella, Thomas A. Wall, Michael O. Rodgers. “Use of a Sustainable Design Rubric to Analyze Student Abilities to Meet Sustainability Criteria During Design,” Submitted to Advances in Engineering Education.

Thomas A. Wall, Warren E. Walker, Vincent A.J.W. Marchau and Luca Bertolini. “Climate Change Adaptation: Dynamic Adaptive Planning for Transportation Infrastructure,” Submitted to the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

Thomas A. Wall, Gregory S. Macfarlane, Kari Edison Watkins. “Exploring the Use of Egocentric Online Social Network Data to Characterize Individual Air Travel Behavior,” Transportation Research Record, Vol. 2400, pp. 78-86.; Presented at Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 15, 2014.

Thomas A. Wall, Michael D. Meyer. “Risk-Based Adaptation Frameworks for Climate Change Planning in the Transportation Sector: A Synthesis of Practice,” TRB Transportation Research Circular Number E-C181; Presented at Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 15, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Thomas A. Wall, Michael O. Rodgers, Adjo A. Amekudzi. “Projecting Climate Change Impacts on the Transportation System: A GIS-Based Approach for Network-Level Culvert Infrastructure Management,” Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, January 14, 2014, Washignton, D.C.

Mary Katherine Watson, Elise M. Barrella, Thomas A. Wall, Caroline Noyes, Michael O. Rodgers. “Development and Application of a Sustainable Design Rubric to Evaluate Student Abilities to Incorporate Sustainability into Capstone Design Projects,” Proceedings of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 120th Annual Conference, June 24, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Thomas A. Wall, Michael Hunter, Michael O. Rodgers. “A Method to Federate A Discrete Event-Based Simulator and a Discrete Time Step-Based Traffic Microscopic Simulation: A Transportation Case Study,” Proceedings of the Spring Simulation Multiconference, March 28, 2012, Orlando, FL.

Non-Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

Thomas A. Wall, Michael O. Rodgers, Adjo A. Amekudzi. “Projecting Climate Change Impacts on the Transportation System: A GIS-Based Approach for Network-Level Infrastructure Management,” 9th Annual Inter-university Symposium of Infrastructure Management (AISIM9), June 7, 2013, Berkeley, CA.

Other Presentations

“A Risk-Based Assessment Tool to Prioritize Roadway Culvert Assets for Climate Change Adaptation Planning,” Graduating Student Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, October 31, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

“Climate Change Planning and Transportation Infrastructure: Ensuring the Future Through Adaptation,” Blended Research @ the Library: Moving Toward a Sustainable Future, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 18, 2013, Atlanta, GA.

“Climate Change & Sustainable Infrastructure Management: Risk-Based Approaches,” Infrastructure Research Group, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, March 7, 2013, Atlanta, GA. 

“Exploring the Use of Online Social Network Data in Travel Demand Modeling,” Georgia Tech Research & Innovation Conference (GTRIC). February 12, 2013. Atlanta, GA. 

 “Examining Risk-Based Analysis and Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change Impacts in the Transportation Sector,” Adaptation Futures: 2012 International Conference on Climate Adaptation, May 30, 2012, Tucson, AZ.

“A Method to Federate A Discrete Event-Based Simulator and a Discrete Time Step-Based Traffic Microscopic Simulation: A Transportation Case Study,” Spring Simulation Multiconference, March 28, 2012, Orlando, FL.

“A Risk-Based Evaluation Tool To Prioritize Infrastructure For Climate Change Adaptation Investment: Initial Findings,” Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, January 22, 2012, Washington, D.C.

“Adaptation of Transportation Infrastructure to Climate Change from a Risk Based Policy Perspective,” Center for Transport Studies, Imperial College London, January 19, 2011, London, UK.

“The Effects of Streetcar & Transit Signal Priority on Corridor Capacity,” ITE Georgia Summer Seminar, July 20, 2009, St. Simons Island, GA.

Project Involvement:

Characterizing Individual Air Travel Behavior Using Online Social Network Data

A Risk-Based Evaluation Tool to Prioritize Roadway Culvert Assets for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

A Federated Simulation Approach to Modeling Port Operations

Engineering An Education: A Multimodal Approach to Increasing Student Retention and Comprehension of Transportation Engineering Concepts

Awards/Scholarships/Honors:

Best Presentations Award (Top 5 Presentations), 9th Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management, 2013

Graduate Research Award, Airport Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board, 2012

Ilene D. Payne Award for the Highest-Ranked Eisenhower Scholarship Proposal, Eisenhower Fellowship Program, Federal Highway Administration, 2012

Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration, 2010 & 2011

J. William Fulbright Scholarship (Fulbright-Schumann), U.S. State Department, 2010

Bill Schutz Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Honorable Mention (2010)

Provost’s Scholarship, Oregon State University, 2001

Biography:

Originally from Seattle, WA, Tom’s current research interests involve climate change adaptation planning and infrastructure management, as well as developing new data-sourcing methods involving individual travel behavior and social media platforms. Tom is actively involved with the Georgia Tech chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB).  Tom is passionate about outreach and education - for the past three summers he has teamed with local high schools, helping to develop transportation modules for their introductory engineering classes, and mentoring high school students in a college engineering summer immersion program.   Tom has also served as teaching assistant and lead instructor for the undergraduate Transportation Planning & Design course at Georgia Tech.  Tom was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2010 by the U.S. State Department to study transportation infrastructure adaptation strategies, and strategic uncertainty planning methods in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.  Outside of his school work, Tom enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and photography.

Contact Information:

Email: twall@gatech.edu