Edd Hauser

UNC Charlotte
DirectorCenter for Transportation Policy Studies


Edd Hauser has been Director of the Center for Transportation Policy Studies at UNC Charlotte since September 2000. In addition, as part of his research and outreach, UNC Charlotte was asked by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to work with them as a partner to establish a Regional Center for Disaster Studies. He has also been the director of that center since fall, 2002. On the academic side, he has appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Public Policy PhD program, in addition to his appointment in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. His career has been spent in transportation research, teaching, consulting, and highway administration. In the last few years he has been involved in infrastructure protection, disaster studies, emergency planning and response, and homeland security in building a partnership with the City and County.

His professional focus on transportation began in 1969, when he was hired as the first professional to build a transportation research practice at the Research Triangle Institute. After finishing his PhD, he also taught evening classes in transportation systems at Duke University. In the decade of the 1980’s, he was appointed as the first full-time Director of the UNC system-wide Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE). He also led the effort to establish the Southeastern Consortium of University Transportation Centers, which he directed from 1986 through 1989. Responding to a request to develop a new Center for Transportation Systems Research at Arizona State University, he directed that center for two years (1990 and 1991) and was also an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering. In Arizona he also established an inter-institutional research program.

In 1992 he returned to his home state after accepting an appointment as Assistant State Highway Administrator in the NCDOT. From 1994 until September 2000, he was a senior consultant with Kimley-Horn and Associates, where he built a national consulting practice in transportation systems, with a focus on ITS-related planning and design.   


Education:  Ph.D. (1975) Transportation Engineering, North Carolina State University
Automotive Safety Foundation Fellow (1968-69), Northwestern University
M.S. (1966) Transportation Engineering, North Carolina State University
MRP (1965) City and Regionallanning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. (1963) Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University



  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 24, 2011
    The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the northeast coastal area of Japan has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of man-made infrastructure to natural hazards.  Despite tremendous advances in engineering and construction, disasters of this magnitude lead us to question whether or not we should build infrastructure robust enough to withstand such a devastating disaster.