Paul J. Carlson, Ph.D., P.E.


Dr. Paul Carlson is the Chief Technology Officer at Road Infrastructure Investment Holdings where he is responsible for advancing highway infrastructure initiatives related to connected and automated vehicles.  Paul provides thought leadership for several national organizations working to evolve the highway infrastructure as automated vehicles become more prevalent around the globe.  Paul is the SAE International Highway Infrastructure Task Force Chair, the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Device Connected Automated Vehicle Task Force Chair, and the TRB Traffic Control Devices Committee co-Chair.  Paul is also leading an FHWA project designed to identify the impacts of automated vehicles on the highway infrastructure.  Paul worked at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute for almost 25 years before joining Road Infrastructure in January 2018. 

At the Texas A&M Transportation Institute Paul led research in the areas of smart infrastructure, traffic engineering, highway safety, vision science, traffic control devices, geometric design, and human factors.  Paul has been a principal or co-principal investigator for numerous research studies covering topics such as traffic sign and pavement marking retroreflectivity, highway safety, nighttime driver visibility needs, centerline and edgeline rumble strips, traffic signal warrants, and operational effects of geometric design.  Paul’s research is often included in professional reference documents such as the MUTCD, the AASHTO Green Book, and most recently, the AASHTO Roadway Lighting Design Guide, 7th Edition (specifically Chapter 9 covering lighting of overhead signs). 

Paul holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from The Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree, both in Civil Engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA).  Paul is also a licensed Engineer in Texas.  Before joining TTI in 1995, Paul worked as a transportation researcher at the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute, part of the Pennsylvania State University.