Research Leader for Resilience - Kevin Heaslip, Ph.D.

Kevin Heaslip is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His areas of expertise include measurement of system resilience, transportation resilience, transportation engineering, public transportation, and urban transportation planning.

A Virginia Tech alumnus, Heaslip earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in civil engineering in 2002 and in 2003, respectively. Heaslip earned a doctoral degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007. He was honored as the Virginia Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2013-14 and as the 2014 University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute of Transportation Engineers Outstanding Alumni.

He joined Virginia Tech in 2014 from Utah State University where he had been on the faculty since 2008, most recently as associate professor. Heaslip also served as associate director of the Utah Transportation Center of Logan, Utah, from July 2011 to August 2014. At Utah State, Heaslip participated in almost $16 million in funded research with more than $6 million as his personal share.

Heaslip’s professional experience includes a stint as an adjunct functional analyst for Alion Science and Technology of Alexandria, Virginia, and traffic engineer for Gannett Fleming, Inc., Newport News, Virginia.

Heaslip is a member of the National Academy of Science Resilient America Roundtable and has served as co-chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) America Electronic Payment Systems Special Interest Group since 2008.


As research leader in the area of resilience, Heaslip’s responsibilities include identifying new funding opportunities early in the program development; interfacing with key government agencies, companies, and non-profit organizations to help establish Virginia Tech as a key contributor to their resilience research priorities; and developing collaborations with national and international partners to support major research proposal activities. Kevin will support faculty and administration both in Blacksburg and in the National Capital Region.

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