Michelle Barnes

 
Michelle Barnes
Michelle Barnes
Senior Research Engineer, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
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Michelle Barnes is a senior research engineer in UMTRI's CMISST initiative. She has conducted research and analysis in the areas of highway geometry, road roughness, crash data, and the transportation infrastructure as it relates to the dynamics of heavy vehicles and experimental vehicle systems. These activities require the collection and analysis of spatial databases, primarily through the use of GIS and vehicle simulation tools. She has also been the project manager of two large, federally-sponsored field-operational-test projects.

Prior to her appointment at UMTRI, Ms. Barnes served as supervisor for traffic safety and engineering at the Washtenaw County Road Commission and as a senior transportation engineer for the Michigan Council of Governments. Responsibilities in these positions included the design and coordination of traffic control devices. She also routinely reviewed road design and site plans for geometric and safety concerns, and served as a technical advisor for defense counsel and as an expert witness for civil lawsuits.

Ms. Barnes earned master's degrees in public administration and geographic information systems from Eastern Michigan University and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with a transportation concentration from the University of Michigan.