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Andrew P. Tarko

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Center for Road Safety (CRS)

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G175B
Phone: (765) 494-5027
Email: tarko@purdue.edu

Personal Web Site
http://engr.purdue.edu/~tarko/

Education
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1994
Ph.D., Cracow University of Technology, 1993
M.S.C.E., Cracow University of Technology, 1981

Research Summary
Highway safety, traffic flow theory, traffic engineering, and transportation systems modeling and evaluation.

Selected Research Projects


  • 8/04-9/06, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Effective and Robust Coordination of Traffic Signals on Arterial Streets", A. Tarko (PI).

  • 8/04-12/06, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Risk Assessment of Various Median Treatments of Rural Interstates", A. Tarko (PI).

  • 7/04-10/06, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Expert System to Support Site Investigation for Safety Improvement", A. Tarko (PI).

  • 7/04-10/05, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Implementation of the Guidelines for Roadway Safety Improvements in Indiana", A. Tarko (PI).

  • 8/03-5/05, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Safety-Conscious Planning in Indiana", A. Tarko (PI).

  • 9/02-8/04, Federal Highway Administration/INDOT, "Predicting Traffic Conditions at Indiana Signalized Intersections", A. Tarko (PI).


Honors & Awards
Best Paper Award of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service for: "An Overflow Delay Model for Signalized Arterials," co-author, 1996.

Polish Department of National Education research achievement award (typically several Polish teams are awarded each year for outstanding research contribution to the Civil Engineering area), 1992.

Society of Polish Town-Planners award (second prize) for the project: The Pulaski Arterial in Wroclaw, Poland, 1986.

Selected Publications


  • Songchitruksa, P., and Tarko, A.P., (2006). "The Extreme Value Theory Approach to Safety Estimation", Accident Analysis and Prevention, accepted for publication.

  • Figueroa, A., and Tarko, A.P., (2005). "Speed Factors on Two-Lane Rural Highways in Free-Flow Conditions", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1912, pp. 39-46.

  • Savolainen, P., and Tarko, A.P., (2005). "Safety Impacts at Intersections on Curved Segments", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1908, pp. 130-140.

  • Tarko, A.P., and Perez-Cartagena, R., (2005). "Variability of Peak Hour Factor at Intersections", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1920, pp. 125-130.

  • Perez-Cartagena, R., and Tarko, A.P., (2005). "Calibration of Capacity Parameters for Signalized Intersections in Indiana", ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, pp. 904-911.

  • Tarko, A.P., and Kanodia, M., (2004). "Effective and Fair Identification of Hazardous Locations", Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1897, pp. 64-70.