David Noyce

Executive Associate Dean and Professor

College of Engineering | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI

David A. Noyce, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.ITE is the Dr. Arthur F. Hawnn Professor of Transportation Engineering and Executive Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW-Madison). He previously completed two terms as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Noyce received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UW-Madison in 1984 and 1995, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1999. Dr. Noyce is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin and has over 40 years of experience in transportation engineering including appointments in state government, industry, and academia.


Traffic safety - how do we reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our roadways?
Countless improvements in transportation safety features associated with vehicle design and technologies, roadway systems, and road user performance complete in the last four decades can be identified that have clearly saved lives. Nevertheless, preliminary data from 2023 shows approximately 44,450 fatalities on our roadway system, nearly identical to the number of fatalities in 1984. Safe mobility, through the Safe Systems Approach, has redefined our efforts in traffic safety incorporating a more multi-modal and holistic approach, focused on preventing crashes and creating environments where crashes are less likely to occur. Further, the Safe System Approach highlights a data-driven approach to safe behavior, safe vehicles, safe roads, improved post-crash care, and a collaborative partnership with road designers, vehicle manufacturers, policymakers and road users. Can this approach lead us to a “Vision Zero” goal where fatalities are not part of the transportation environment?
The future of transportation - connected and autonomous vehicle technology
What new vehicle and roadway-based technologies can we expect that will change how we travel in the near future?
The Panama Canal - A trip through the Panama Canal exploring the history and engineering
How did the Panama Canal come to be? A review of the history, engineering, and links to Wisconsin.

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