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  • 3010 Cyber
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Dr. Alexander Hainen

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Transportation Operations, Planning, and Safety


  • 3010 Cyber
  • phone (205) 348-3139
  • fax (205) 348-6959
  • Email


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2014
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2009

Dr. Alex Hainen is an associate professor in the department of civil, construction and environmental engineering at The University of Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Purdue University.

His research interests include traffic signals, transportation operations, travel mobility and airport engineering. He has worked with departments of transportation in Michigan, Indiana, Utah and Alabama and with George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). He has 30 peer reviewed journal articles and 20 additional conference proceedings.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Transportation Operations, Planning and Safety, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Center for Transportation Operations, Planning, and Safety

Selected Publications

  • Lidbe, A.D., Hainen, A.M., Jones, S.L. “Analytical Techniques for Evaluating the Implementation of Adaptive Traffic Signal Control Systems”. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 2017; 143(5). DOI: 10.1061/JTEPBS.0000034.
  • Lidbe, A.D., Hainen, A.M., Jones, S.L. “Comparative study of simulated annealing, tabu search, and the genetic algorithm for calibration of the microsimulation model”. SIMULATION , 2017; 93(50): 21-33. DOI: 10.1177/0037549716683028.
  • Lidbe, A.D., Tedla, E.G., Hainen, A.M., Sullivan, A., Jones, S.L. “Comparative assessment of arterial operations under conventional time-of-day and adaptive traffic signal control”. Advances in Transportation Studies, 2017; 2017(XLI). DOI 10.4399/97888255035241.
  • Lidbe, A.D., Tedla, E.G., Hainen, A.M., Jones, S.L. “Feasibility Assessment for Implementing Adaptive Traffic Signal Control: A Case Study”. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems. Accepted July 2018.
  • Talukder, M.A.S., Hainen, A.M., Remias, S.M., Bullock, D.M. “Route-based mobility performance metrics using probe vehicle travel times”. Advances in Transportation Studies: an international Journal Section B 46 (2018).

Dr. Hainen's Impact

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University of Alabama researchers to design next-gen transportation system in west central Alabama

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Red Light. Green Light.

A team at The University of Alabama is working to modernize traffic lights to become smarter and communicate with vehicles passing through. Changes are needed, they say, to improve the flow of traffic because congested areas have no other option.

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