Program Overview

The Resilient Transportation Infrastructure Systems (R-TIS) program develops innovative solutions to improve the sustainability, equity, and resilience of transportation infrastructure systems for existing and emerging transportation modes. The program aims at developing new materials, structures, and management strategies that improve infrastructure durability, reduce environmental impact, preserve natural resources, and promote sustainable development to benefit all members of society, regardless of their socioeconomic status or physical abilities. R-TIS emphasizes the importance of integrating resilience considerations into transportation infrastructure systems to improve their ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters, climate change, and other disruptions.

The program draws on interdisciplinary expertise from fields such as civil engineering, industrial and management engineering, environmental science, and social sciences to advance the state of knowledge in transportation infrastructure design and system management and promote the adoption of best practices in the field. Through collaborative research, education, and outreach efforts, R-TIS aims to create more sustainable, equitable, and resilient transportation systems.

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Zachary Haber, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor, Structures and Materials University of South Florida
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Dr. Zachary Haber is an assistant professor of structural engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). Before joining USF, Dr. Haber spent eight years as a researcher at the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. During his tenure at FHWA, Dr. Haber led structural engineering research projects related to ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC), modular bridge systems, seismic design, bridge preservation, and life-cycle assessment of bridges. Dr. Haber has served as a lead or supporting investigator for projects sponsored by Caltrans, Florida Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Safety Board, NCHRP, and private industry. In addition to research activities, Dr. Haber has extensive experience leading or supporting technology transfer and implementation initiatives. Between January 2020 and November 2022, Dr. Haber led an innovation implementation initiative entitled “UHPC for Bridge Preservation and Repair”, which was a part of FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) program. Additionally, he is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida and a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed engineering journals. Dr. Haber has more than 50 publications and has delivered more than 100 technical presentations to transportation stakeholders.