Prepared by: Rebecca Franke (UK)
This week, we feature Adam Kirk, currently a researcher at UK and a KYSITE Past President. Adam is currently working as a co-chair of the Technical Program Committee for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting.
We didn't get a picture of Adam, but hope this is sufficient.
Name: Adam Kirk
Place of Work: Kentucky Transportation Center
Title: Research Engineer
Degree(s): BSCE (University of Kentucky), MSCE (University of Washington), PhD... almost (from University of Kentucky)
Other Certifications: PE, PTOE, AICP
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Family: Wife (Lindsay), Son #1 (Jackson), Son #2-coming any day as of press time (Will)
1. What do you do day-to-day?
I conduct research for the divisions of highway design traffic operations and planning. Recently we have completed a guide for the use of road diets in Kentucky, put together the new traffic engineering policy for Kentucky and am currently working with LFUCG on the potential deployment of an adaptive signal system. I've also been doing a lot of training.
2. What are your technical interests?
Over the past year we've developed a traffic signal laboratory at UK with hardware in the loop simulation systems, which is one of the few in the country. With it, we can simulate virtually any type of traffic operations and actual field controller settings. We're looking for ways to better exploit that in developing improved signal timings and controller operations.
3. What are your hobbies?
flying, kayaking, and biking
a. Favorite Color? Blue
b. Favorite Music? Old Crow Medicine Show
c. Favorite Movie? I've been watching the Toy Story series a lot lately...
5. Five Questions:
a. Coke or Pepsi? Coke, but diet, I'm watching my figure
b. Dogs or Cats? Dogs
c. Telephone or Email? Email
d. Pen or Pencil? Pen, I never make mistakes
e. Cats or Cards? CATS
[Editor's Note: Good luck with #2 Adam!]