Dr. David Yang

Executive Director
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety


Since October 2016, Dr. C. Y. David Yang is the Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and he oversees the day-to-day operations of this non-profit research and education organization. Previously, he was with U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Prior joining FHWA, David worked in private consulting firms and U.S. DOT’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

Dr. Yang has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, and government reports on subjects related to traffic safety, operations, planning, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. An ITE Journal article he co-authored won Institute of Transportation Engineers’ 2015 Traffic Engineering Council Best Paper Award. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Previously, Dr. Yang served as the chair of Transportation Research Board’s Users Performance Section.

Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering. In April 2018, he was honored with the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award from Purdue University.


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