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KNOXVILLE -– David B. Clarke has been appointed as the director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Center for Transportation Research (CTR).

David B. Clarke
David B. Clarke
Clarke received his bachelors’ and master’s degree and doctorate in civil engineering from UT Knoxville in 1979, 1982 and 1995, respectively.

He was previously employed as a civil engineer for Bechtel Power Corp. and Science Applications International Corp.

Clarke was the assistant director of CTR from 1990 to 1998. He served as a research director of CTR in 1997, but subsequently left UT to accept a faculty position in civil engineering at Clemson University. Clarke returned to UT in 2004 to direct the Tennessee Transportation Assistance Program for CTR. He is also a research associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Clarke is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association and the American Public Works Association. He is a chair with the Transportation Research Board, where he supervises the committee on local and regional rail freight transport.

Clarke has a broad background in transportation management and systems, including extensive work related to design of railroad tracks and structure, railroad operations analysis and transportation safety.

The Center for Transportation Research (CTR) was created in 1970 to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research, public service and outreach in the field of transportation. It began operating full-time in 1972 and since then has contributed greatly to the overall research program of the university. The center is a university-level organization administratively positioned within the College of Engineering. CTR’s multidisciplinary staff includes approximately 100 full-time researchers and technicians augmented with numerous faculty and students.


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