Joseph Hummer (BS '83, MS ’85, Civ Egr) is the newly appoint chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the college of Engineering at Wayne State University.
Most recently Hummer was a professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he researched and taught traffic operations, highway design, and highway safety for the past 20 years.
He has published more than 80 journal articles from more than 50 funded research projects. His research has resulted in the appearance of new material in the Highway Capacity Manual (a core reference in the field) and federal government approvals of fluorescent warning signs at pedestrian walkways. He is an international leader in the development and testing of unconventional intersection and interchange designs.
Hummer was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2008. He has been chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Educator's Council and an editor for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. He is currently on the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security editorial board.
After completing his master's degree at MSU, Hummer earned a PhD from Purdue University in 1989. He is a native of the Detroit area and a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Utica, Mich.