Valerian Kwigizile, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering
Associate Director, Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC)

4601 Campus Drive, Room G-249
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Tel: 269-276-3218 . Fax: 269-276-3211
Email: valerian.kwigizile@wmich.edu

 

EDUCATION

Ph. D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
M. Sc., Civil Engineering, Florida State University, Florida, USA
B. Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Motorized and non-motorized traffic safety, simulation and operations
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Application of intelligent transportation systems
  • GIS application in transportation engineering

APPOINTMENTS

  • Associate Professor: Western Michigan University (WMU), August 2016-Present
  • Associate Director: Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC), October 2013 - Present
  • Assistant Professor: Western Michigan University (WMU), August 2011-July 2016
  • Assistant Professor: West Virginia University Institute of Technology, August 2008-July 2011
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Jan 2008-July 2008
  • Research/Teaching Assistant: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Jan 2005-December 2007
  • Research Assistant: Florida State University, Jan 2003-Dec 2004
  • Project Engineer: MILO Construction Company LTD, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, June 2001-Dec 2002

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION AND LICENSING

  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) #18947, West Virginia
  • Member, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

TEACHING

  • CCE 2360: Geomatics
  • CCE 3300: Transportation Engineering
  • CCE 4300: Traffic Design
  • CCE 5400: Transportation Planning
  • CCE 5520: Highway Design Principles
  • CCE 6110: Traffic Operations and Management
  • CCE 6530: Traffic Models & Simulation
  • CCE 6540: Traffic Safety Engineering
  • CCE 6550: Travel Demand Analysis
  • CCE 6560: Transportation Infrastructure Management
  • CCE 6570: Transportation Economics
  • CCE 6580: Public Transportation

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS AND GRANTS

  • Principal Investigator: Quantifying Effectiveness and Impacts of Digital Message Signs on Traffic Flow, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $172,466, November 2019 – December 2021.

  • Co-PI: Michigan Transportation Construction Price Index, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $97,244, January 2020– April 2021.

  • Co-PI: University Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, US Department of Transportation (USDOT), $5,634,941 (USDOT: $3,740,000; Matching: $1,894,941), September 2013-September, 2019.

  • Principal Investigator: An Investigation of the Relationship between Crash Occurrence, Safety Belt Use, and Overtime Traffic Enforcement, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $95,780, October 2016- September 2018.

  • Co-PI: An Evaluation of Michigan’s Continuous Count Station (CCS) Distribution, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $143,883, April 2016 – April 2018.
  • Principal Investigator: FY2017 Enforcement Data Analysis for Overtime Traffic Enforcement, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $129,868, October 2016- September 2017.

  • Principal Investigator: Evaluating the Impacts of Speed Limit Changes on Identified Case Studies, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $161,802, March 2016 – December 2017.

  • Principal Investigator: Developing Michigan Truck Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $99,542, November 2015- September 2016.

  • Principal Investigator: FY2016 Enforcement Data Analysis for Overtime Traffic Enforcement, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $104,015, October 2015- September 2016.

  • Principal Investigator: Association of Michigan's Older Adult Crashes with Roadway Features, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $209,833, October 2015 – March 2017.

  • Co-PI: Evaluation of Delineation Practices in Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $159,657, October 2015 – April 2017.

  • Principal Investigator: Comprehensive Evaluation of Pedestrian and Bicycle Crashes and Causes in Michigan, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $99,614, February 2015- December 2015.

  • Principal Investigator: Enforcement Data Analysis for Overtime Traffic Enforcement - FY2015, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $72,999, October 2014- September 2015.

  • Principal Investigator: Enforcement Data Analysis for Overtime Traffic Enforcement - FY2014, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $73,496, October 2013- September 2014.

  • Principal Investigator: Evaluation of Michigan’s Engineering Improvements for Older Drivers, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $295,582, October 2013 – September 2015.

  • Principal Investigator: Development of Overtime Traffic Enforcement Performance Standards for Michigan - Part III (Implementation), Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $25,399, May 2013- September 2013.

  • Principal Investigator: Evaluating Michigan Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Strategies and Facilities, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $268,560, April 2013 – March 2015.

  • Co-PI: Costs and Benefits of MDOT Intelligent Transportation System Deployments, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $233,665, April 2013 – March 2015.

  • Principal Investigator: Development of Overtime Traffic Enforcement Performance Standards for Michigan - Part II, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $44,847, October 2012 - April 2013.

  • Co-PI: Development of Performance Measures for Non-Motorized Dynamics, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), $201,851, October 2012-December 2013.

  • Principal Investigator: Development of Overtime Traffic Enforcement Performance Standards for Michigan, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), $60,000, March 2012-September 2012.

  • Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award (FRACAA), Western Michigan University (WMU), $9,483, July 2012-June 2013.

  • Research Development Award (RDA), Western Michigan University (WMU), $2,468, July 2012-December 2013.

  • Co-PI: West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVUTech) Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (ATI) Grant, $54,942, July 2010-June 2011.

  • Co-PI: West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVUTech) Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (ATI) Grant, $55,378, July 2009-June 2010.

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

  1. Hasan, M., Oh, J., and Kwigizile, V. (2021). Exploring the trend of walkability measures by applying hierarchical clustering technique. Journal of Transport & Health
    Volume 22, September 2021, 101241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2021.101241.
  2. Kwayu, K., Lyimo, S, and Kwigizile, V. (2021). Characteristics of cyclists using fitness tracker apps and its implications for planning of bicycle transport systems. Case Studies on Transport Policy. June 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cstp.2021.06.004.
  3. Liu, H., Kwigizile, V., and Huang, W. (2021). Holistic Framework for Highway Construction Cost Index Development Based on Inconsistent Pay Items.
    ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management/Volume 147 Issue 7 - July 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002080.
  4. Kwayu, K.M., Kwigizile, V., Lee, K, Oh, J.-S., (2020). Discovering Latent Themes in Traffic Fatal Crash Narratives Using Text Mining Analytics and Network Topology. Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 150, February 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2020.105899
  5. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2020). Assessing the safety impacts of raising the speed limit on Michigan freeways using the multilevel mixed-effects negative binomial model. Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention. DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2020.1773450
  6. Feizi, A., Joo, S, Kwigizile, V, and Oh, J. (2020). A Pervasive Framework Toward Sustainability and Smart Growth: Asseesing Multi-Faceted Transportation Performance Measures for Smart Cities. Journal of Transport & Health Volume 19, December 2020, 100956. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2020.100956.
  7. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2020). Development of systemwide pedestrian safety performance function using stratified random sampling and a proxy measure of pedestrian exposure. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2020.1791905.
  8. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V.,Zhang, J., and Oh, J. (2020). Semantic N-Gram Feature Analysis and Machine Learning–Based Classification of Drivers’ Hazardous Actions at Signal-Controlled Intersections. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Volume 34, Issue 4 - July 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000895.
  9. Rodriguez, L., Kwigizile, V, Oh, J., and Gates, T. (2020). Presence of Additional Safety Belt Enforcement Increases Safety Belt Use by Drivers. Journal of Transportation Research Record 1-7, National Academy of Sciences:Transportation Research Board 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120908225
  10. Alhomaidat, F., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2020). How does an increased freeway speed limit influence the frequency of crashes on adjacent roads? Journal of Accident Analysis & Prevention, Volume 136, 2020: DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2020.105433
  11. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2019). Evaluation of pedestrian crossing-related crashes at undesignated midblock locations using structured crash data and report narratives. Journal of Transportation Safety & Security, DOI: 10.1080/19439962.2019.1679306
  12. Boateng, R., Kwigizile, V., and Oh. J. (2019). A justification for pedestrian countdown signals at signalized intersections: The safety impact on senior motorists. Journal of Transport & Health, Volume 14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2019.100617.
  13. Feizi, A., Oh, J., Kwigizile, V. and Joo, S. (2019). Cycling Environment Analysis by Bicyclists’ Skill Levels Using Instrumented Probe
    Bicycle (IPB), International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, DOI: 10.1080/15568318.2019.1610921.
  14. Boateng, R., Kwigizile, V., and Oh. J. (2018). A comparison of safety benefits of pedestrian countdown signals with and without pushbuttons in Michigan. Traffic Injury Prevention, Volume 19, Section 6, pp:588-593. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2018.1462493.
  15. Kidando, E., Kitali, A. E., Lyimo, S. M., Sando, T., Moses, R., Kwigizile, V., and Chimba, D. (2019). Applying Probabilistic Model to Quantify Influence of Rainy Weather on Stochastic and Dynamic Transition of Traffic Conditions. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, Volume 145 Issue 5 - May 2019.
  16. Oh, J. S., Kwigizile, V., & Dolatsra, H. (2018). Analysis of Influential range for Intersection Crashes. The Journal of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 12, 2333–2344. doi: https://doi.org/10.11175/easts.12.2333
  17. Mulokozi, E., Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., Chimba, D., and Sando, T. (2018). Modeling Dynamics of Vehicle-based Performance Measures of High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and General-Purpose Traffic Systems. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems. Volume 144, Issue 2, February 2018.
  18. Wankogere, E., Kwigizile, V., Oh, J., and Ikonomov, P. (2017). Comparison of Driver Navigation at Turbo Roundabouts and Modern Two-Lane Roundabouts: A Simulation Study. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Volume 2637, pp. 89-98. DOI: 10.3141/2637-11.
  19. Alzuhairi, A., Aldhaheri, M., Sun, Z., Oh, J. and Kwigizile, V. (2016). Vehicular emissions and concentrations in school zones: A case study. Journal of Central South University, July 2016, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 1778–1785.
  20. Fink, J., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2016). Quantifying the Impact of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems on Crash Frequency and Severity: Evidence from Oakland County, Michigan. Journal of Safety Research, Volume 57, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2016.01.001.
  21. Clark, M., Oh, J., Kwigizile, V., and Castle, C. (2015). Awareness and Utilization of Advanced Traveler Information by Active Seekers. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). No. 2496, pp. 36-44.
  22. Angel, M.L., Sando, T., Chimba, D., and Kwigizile, V. (2015). Effects of Rain on Traffic Operations on Florida Freeways. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), No. 2440, pp. 51-59.
  23. Kwigizile, V., Sando, T. and Chimba, D. (2014). Understanding the Role of Alcohol and Drugs on Bicyclist Injury Severity. Advances in Transportation Studies-An International Journal, Volume 34, Section A , pp. 43-54.
  24. Xu, X., Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., and Mulokozi, E. (2014). "Modeling Signalized-Intersection Safety with Corner Clearance." ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 140, No. 6, 10.1061/(ASCE)TE.1943-5436.0000636 , 04014016.
  25. Chimba, D., Sando, T., Kwigizile, V., and Kutela, B. (2014). Modeling Bus Crashes Using Zero-Inflated Model. The Journal of Transportation Statistics.Vol.10. No. 1. pp. 1-14.
  26. Kwigizile, V., Mulokozi, E., Xu, X., Teng, H., and Ma, C. (2014). Investigation of the Impact of Corner Clearance on Urban Intersection Crash Occurrence. The Journal of Transportation Statistics.Vol.10. No. 1. pp. 35-48.
  27. Xu, X., Kwigizile, V., and Teng, H.(2013). Identifying Access Management Factors Associated With Safety of Urban Arterials Mid-Blocks: A Panel Data Simultaneous Equation Models Approach. Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention. Volume 14, pp. 734–742.
  28. Kwigizile, V., Sando, T. and Chimba, D (2011). Inconsistencies of Ordered and Unordered Probability Models for Pedestrian Injury Severity. Transportation Research Record, the TRB Journal. Volume 2264, pp. 110-118.
  29. Sando, T., Chimba, D., Kwigizile, V., and Walker, H. (2011). Safety Analysis of Continuous Green Through-Lane Intersections. Journal of Transportation Research Forum.Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 5-17.
  30. Kwigizile, V., Chimba, D. and Sando, T (2011). A Cross-Nested Logit Model for Trip Type-Mode Choice: An Application. Advances in Transportation Studies-An International Journal, Volume 23, Section A , pp. 29-40.
  31. Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., Xie, G., Kaseko, M. and Gibby, A. R. (2010). “The Impacts of Emergency Vehicle Signal Preemption on Urban Traffic Speed”. The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Volume 49, Number 1, Spring 2010, pp. 69-79.
  32. Chimba, D., Sando, T. and Kwigizile, V (2010). Effect of Bus Size and Operation to Crash Occurrences. Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention, Volume 42 , pp. 2063–2067.
  33. Kwigizile, V. and Teng, H. (2009). Comparison of Methods for Defining Geographical Connectivity for Variables of Trip Generation Models, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Volume 135, No. 7, pp. 454-466.
  34. Yao, J., Rakha, H., Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., and Kaseko, M. (2009). Estimating Highway Capacity considering Two-Regime Models, ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Volume 135, No. 9, pp. 670-676.
  35. Teng, H., Xu, X., Li, X., Kwigizile, V., and Gibby, R. (2009). Evaluation of Speed Monitoring Displays for Work Zones in Las Vegas, Nevada. Transportation Research Record, Volume 2107, pp. 46-56.
  36. Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., Karakouzian, M., James, D. E., and Etyemezian, V. (2008): Investigation of the AP-42 Sampling Method. Journal of Air & Waste Management Association. Vol. 58:1422–1433.
  37. Teng, H., Kwigizile, V., James, D. E., and Merle, R. (2006) Identifying Influencing Factors On Paved Roads Silt Loading, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Vol. 57, No. 7, pp.778-784.
  38. Kwigizile, V., Mussa, R., and Selekwa, M. (2005) Connectionist Approach to Improving Highway Vehicle Classification Schemes – The Florida Case. Transportation Research Record, Volume 1917, pp. 182-189.
  39. Mussa, R., Kwigizile, V., and Selekwa, M.F. (2006) Probabilistic Neural Networks Application for Vehicle Classification. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Volume 132, Number 4, pp. 293-302.
  40. Selekwa, M.F., Kwigizile, V., and Mussa, R. (2005) Setting Up a Probabilistic Neural Network for Classification of Highway Vehicles. International Journal of Computation Intelligence and Applications, Volume 5, Number 4, pp. 411-423.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND PRESENTATIONS

  1. Feizi, A., Joo, S, Kwigizile, V, and Oh, J. (2020). A Pervasive Framework Toward Sustainability and Smart Growth: Asseesing Multi-Faceted Transportation Performance Measures for Smart Cities. Presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2020, Washington, D.C.
  2. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V, and Oh, J. (2020). Leveraging Crowdsourced Data to Improve Estimation of Bicycle Counts. Presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2020, Washington, D.C.
  3. Rodriguez, L., Kwigizile, V, Oh, J., and Gates, T. (2020).What Is the Impact Provided by the Presence of Additional Safety Belt Enforcement to Driver Safety Belt Use? Presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2020, Washington, D.C.
  4. Alhomaidat, F., Kwigizile, V, and Oh, J. (2019). Impacts of Freeway Speed Limit on Operation Speed of Adjacent Arterial Roads. Presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2019, Washington, D.C.
  5. Feizi, A., Mastali, M., Van Houten, R. Oh, J., and Kwigizile, V. (2019). Effects of Bicycle Passing Distance Law on Drivers’ Behavior. Presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2019, Washington, D.C.
  6. Alhomaidat, F., Kwigizile, V, and Oh, J. (2019). Cycling Risks and Needs Perception of Different Skill Levels and Age Groups. Presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2019, Washington, D.C.
  7. Kwayu, K., Kwigizile, V., Oh, J.,Cho, H., and Bott, M. (2018). Evaluating the Impact of Raising Speed Limit on Urban Freeways Using Mixed Effects Negative Binomial Regression. Presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2018, Washington, D.C.
  8. Kidando, E., Kitali, A., Lyimo, S., Sando, T., Moses, R., Kwigizile, V., and Chimba, D. (2018). Exploring the Influence of Rainfall on Stochastic Evolution of Traffic Conditions. Presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2018, Washington, D.C.
  9. Feizi, A., Kostich, B. W., Oh, J., Kwigizile, V., and Shinhye, J. (2018). Cycling Environment Analysis by Bicyclists’ Skill Levels Using Instrumented Probe Bicycle (IPB). Presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2018, Washington, D.C.
  10. Zhang, J., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. (2016). Automated Hazardous Action Classification Using Natural Language Processing and Machine-Learning Techniques. 16th COTA International Conference of Transportation, July 6-9, 2016, Shanghai, China.
  11. Wankogere, E., Kwigizile, V., Oh, J., and Ikonomov, P. (2017). Comparison of Driver Navigation at Turbo Roundabouts and Modern Two-Lane Roundabouts: A Simulation Study. Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2017, Washington, D.C.
  12. Andridge, P., Ceifetz, A. H., Kwigizile, V., and Yassin, J. L. (2017). Safety Evaluation of Box Span Signal Configuration. Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2017, Washington, D.C.
  13. Machumu, K. S., Sando, T., Mtoi, E., Chimba, D. and Kwigizile, V. (2017). Simulation-Based Determination of Minimum Routing Decision Distance for Managed Lanes: Case Study of I-295 in Jacksonville, Florida. Presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2017, Washington, D.C.
  14. Kwigizile, V., Boateng, R., Oh, J., and Lariviere, K. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Pedestrian Countdown Signals on the Safety of Pedestrians. Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2016, Washington, D.C.
  15. Kwigizile, V., Ceifetz, A. H., Oh, J., Yassin, J. L., and Firman, J. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Fixed Weigh Stations – The Michigan Case. Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2016, Washington, D.C.
  16. Kwayu, K. M., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. Investigating the Correlation Between Factors Contributing to Pedestrian-Involved Crashes and their Impact on Crash Severity. Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2016, Washington, D.C.
  17. Kwigizile, V., Boateng, R., Oh, J., and Lariviere, K. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Pedestrian Countdown Signals on the Safety of Older Drivers. Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2016, Washington, D.C.
  18. Fink, J., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. Impact of Adaptive Traffic Control Systems on Crash Frequency and Severity. Presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2015, Washington, D.C.
  19. Dolatsara, H., Oh, J., and Kwigizile, V. Influential Range for Analyzing Motorized and Nonmotorized Crashes at Intersections. Presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2015, Washington, D.C.
  20. Clark, M., Oh, J., Kwigizile, V., and Castle, C. Awareness and Utilization of Advanced Traveler Information by Active Seekers. Presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2015, Washington, D.C.
  21. Kwigizile, V., Oh, J., and Darrow, J. Establishing Performance Standards for Federally Funded Traffic Enforcement in Michigan. Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2014, Washington, D.C.
  22. Clark, M., Oh, J., Kwigizile, V., and Van Houten, R. Cultural, Perceptional and Educational Factors on Non-Motorized Traffic Safety. Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2014, Washington, D.C.
  23. Angel, M. L., Sando, T., Chimba, D., and Kwigizile, V. Effects of Rain on Traffic Operations on Florida Freeways. Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2014, Washington, D.C.
  24. Alkhatni, F., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. Investigating Crash Frequency and Injury Severity at Freeway Weigh Stations in Michigan. Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2014, Washington, D.C.
  25. Wankogere, E., Kwigizile, V., and Oh, J. Safety Performance Functions for Partial Cloverleaf On-Ramp Loops for Michigan. Presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2014, Washington, D.C.
  26. Chimba, D., Kutela, B., Kwigizile, V., and Sando, T. (2013). Paralleling the Influence of Unscheduled and Scheduled Roadwork Characteristics to Traffic Incident Durations. Presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2013, Washington, D.C.
  27. Tang, P., Kanaan, O., Wang, J., Oh, J., and Kwigizile, V. (2013). Statistical Identification of Items Important for Evaluating Bridge Conditions. Presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2013, Washington, D.C.
  28. Sando, T., Angel, M., Hunter, W., Chimba, D., and Kwigizile, V. (2013). Operational  Analysis of Shared Lane Markings “Sharrows” on Roadways With Narrow Lane Widths. Presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), January 2013, Washington, D.C.
  29. Kwigizile, V., Sando, T. and Chimba, D. (2012). Modeling Bicyclist Injury Severity: A Focus on the Impact of Alcohol and Drug Use. Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C.
  30. Xu, X., Kwigizile, V., and Teng, H. (2012). Evaluating the Safety Impact of Access Management Techniques in Urban Areas. Presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C.
  31. Kwigizile, V., Sando, T. and Chimba, D (2011). Inconsistencies of Ordered and Unordered Probability Models for Pedestrian Injury Severity. Presented at the 90th TRB Annual Meeting, January 2011, Washington, D.C.
  32. Sando, T., Chimba, D. Kwigizile, V., and Moses, R. (2011). Operational Analysis of Interaction between Vehicles and Bicyclists on Highways with Wide Curb Lanes. Presented at the 90th TRB Annual Meeting, January 2011, Washington, D.C.
  33. Sando, T., Chimba, D., Kwigizile, V., and Walker, H. (2010) Safety Characteristics of Unconventional Continuous Green Through Lane Intersections. Presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting, January 2010, Washington, D.C.
  34. Chimba, D., Sando, T., Kwigizile, V., and Moses, R. (2010) Synchronizing Roadway and Traffic Operations Influencing Bus Crashes. Presented at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting, January 2010, Washington, D.C.
  35. Kwigizile, V., and Teng, H. (2009). Impact of Land Use and Location on Work Trips: Las Vegas Case. Presented at 56th Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  36. Teng, H., Li, X., Kwigizile, V., and Gibby, R.(2009) Evaluation of Speed Monitoring Display for Work Zones in Las Vegas, presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.
  37. Teng, H., Kaseko, M., Xie, G., and Kwigizile, V. (2008) Evaluation of the Impacts of Emergency Vehicle on Signal Preemption, presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.
  38. Kwigizile, V. and Teng, H. (2008) Evaluation of Alternative Methods for Quantifying Spatial Effects in Trip Generation Models, presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.
  39. Kwigizile, V., Selekwa, M., and Mussa, R., (2004). Highway Vehicle Classification by Probabilistic Neural Networks”, presented at the Florida Artificial Intelligence Researchers Society Conference (FLAIRS), Miami, FL.
  40. Kwigizile, V., Selekwa, M., and Mussa, R., (2004). Categorization of Highway Traffic in Florida by Using Connectionist Approach; presented at Artificial Neural Network In Engineering Conference (ANNIE), St. Louis, MO.
  41. Kwigizile, V. and H. Teng. (2007). The Effects of Spatial Variables in Destination Choice Models—Las Vegas Case, presented at the 2007 Fall Transportation Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  1. Excellence in Discovery, Research and External Funding over $1 Million for Five Years (2012-2016) as Principal Investigator. Western Michigan University, February 2017.

  2. Excellence in Discovery, Research and External Funding over $1 Million for Five Years (2012-2016) as Co- Principal Investigator. Western Michigan University, February 2017.

  3. Nominee, Supervisor of the Year, Western Michigan University, February 2016

  4. Excellence in Discovery: Research and External Funding over $1million for Five Years, Western Michigan University, February 2016

  5. 2014/15 Best Senior Design Faculty Advisor, Department of Civil and Construction Engineering, Western Michigan University, April 2015.

  6. 2015 Outstanding Service to Students Award, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University, April 2015.

  7. 2013 Outstanding New Researcher, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan University, January 2014.

  8. 2013 Outstanding Service to Students Award, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Award, Western Michigan University, April 2013.

  9. 2007 Outstanding Graduate, awarded by the University of Nevada Las Vegas, December 2007.

  10. The Roosevelt Fitzgerald Academic Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship and  Leadership, awarded by The Alliance of Professionals of African Heritage, University of Nevada Las Vegas, May 2007.

  11. Graduate Research Training (GREAT) Assistantship, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Summer 2006 and Summer 2007.

  12. Graduate Research Assistantship, University of Nevada Las Vegas, January 2005-December 2007

  13. Graduate Research Assistantship, Florida State University, January 2003-December 2004.