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Lovell, David

Lovell, David

Keystone Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
1184 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • B.A., Portland State University, 1990


  • ODK Leadership Fraternity, 2015
  • Poole & Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • EWB-USA Peter J. Bosscher Faculty Adviser Award, 2012
  • CEE Department Faculty Service Award, 2009


  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA)
  • Transportation Research Board (TRB)



  • Air Traffic Management
  • Transportation Facility Design
  • Data Compression


  • Evaluation of En Route Performance Measures

    Principal Investigator(s) 
    Ball, Michael O.
    Lovell, David J.

    Federal Aviation Administration

    This project is a joint effort between researchers at the University of Maryland and the University of California, Berkeley. The goal is to develop methods to determine what causal factors contribute to the en route inefficiency of commercial flights in the United States, and the extent to which each of those causal factors is responsible.



  • National Traffic Management Log Analysis

    Principal Investigator(s) 
    Lovell, David J.

    Federal Aviation Administration

    The goal of this project is to generate metrics and visual dashboards related to the National Traffic Management Log (NTML). The NTML is a repository of data related to the execution, by the FAA, of a wide variety of traffic management initiatives, to control air traffic in the National Air System. Their objectives are to ensure safety and diminish congestion, and they use initiatives such as Ground Delay Programs, Airspace Flow Programs, and Miles-In-Trail restrictions, among others, to accomplish these objectives.



  • Optimization and Prediction for Collaborative Trajectory Options

    Principal Investigator(s) 
    Ball, Michael O.
    Lovell, David J.

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    This project is a subcontract to Metron Aviation, Inc. The goal of the project is to help determine how the FAA should define and manage a new paradigm in aviation congestion management called the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). In this program, carriers submit, for each scheduled flight, a menu of possible flight plans that they would be willing to use for that flight, with an accompanying measure of preference for each plan. Armed with this information, the FAA can jointly optimize the allocation of airspace resources to these flights by selecting from amongst these plans. The FAA accomplishes its mission of preserving safe operations with as little congestion as possible, and carriers are allowed collaborative input into the decision-making process, without unlawful collusion, maintaining the propriety of their data and plans, and without the FAA having to pick winners and losers.



  • ENES 100 – Introduction to Engineering Design
  • ENCE 688D - Introduction to Sensor Systems
  • ENCE 302 - Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENCE 402 - Simulation and Design of Experiments



Bertini, R.L. and D.J. Lovell (2009). Impacts of sensor spacing on accurate freeway travel time estimation for traveler information. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 13(2), pp. 97-110.

Ganji, M., D.J. Lovell, M.O. Ball, and A. Nguyen (2009). Resource allocation in flow-constrained areas with stochastic termination times. Transportation Research Record  2106, pp. 90-99.

Churchill, A.M., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (2010). Flight delay propagation impact on strategic air traffic flow management. Transportation Research Record 2177, pp. 105-113.

Kim, T., D.J. Lovell, H. Kim, and C. Oh (2010). Empirical results of effects of various causal factors on car-following behavior. Transportation Research Record 2188, pp. 174-186.

Churchill, A.M. and D.J. Lovell (2011). Assessing the impact of stochastic capacity variation on coordinated air traffic flow management. Transportation Research Record 2214, pp. 111-116.

Churchill, A.M. and D.J. Lovell (2012). Coordinated aviation network resource allocation under uncertainty. Transportation Research Part E, 48(1), pp. 19-33.

Churchill, A.M., Y. Tripodis, and D.J. Lovell (2012). Sun glare impacts on freeway congestion: A geometric model and empirical analysis. ASCE J. Transportation Engineering, 138(10), pp. 1196–1204.

Lovell, D.J., K. Vlachou, T. Rabbani, and A. Bayen (2013). A diffusion approximation to a single airport queue. Transportation Research Part C, 33, pp. 227-237.

Vlachou, K. and D.J. Lovell (2013). Mechanisms for equitable resource allocation when airspace capacity is reduced. Transportation Research Record 2325, pp. 97-102.

Churchill, A.M., D.J. Lovell, A. Mukherjee, and M.O. Ball (2013). Determining the number of airport arrival slots. Transportation Science, 47(4), pp. 526-541.

Maring, E., G. Raspanti, G. Jaschek, K. Hogan, C. Farmer, D. Lovell, S. Grutzmacher, P. Parikh, and S. Olcese (2014). Engineering and public health: An interdisciplinary approach to addressing water quality in Compone, Peru. Annals of Global Health, Volume 80, Issue 3, May–June 2014, Page 238.

Jones, J.C. and D.J. Lovell (2014). Methods for curbing the exemption bias in Ground Delay Programs through speed control, Transportation Research Record 2400, pp. 37-44.

Brown, C.Y., T.A. Brubaker, A.M. Churchill, G.M. Crosswhite, D. Fried, L. Kirsch, D.A. Zelman, and D.J. Lovell (2015). Development of an electrophoretic display technology for selectively retroreflective signs and pavement markers. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, 141(1), pp. 04014067-1-9.

Jones, J.C., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (in press).  Stochastic optimization models for transferring delay along flight trajectories in order to reduce fuel usage.  Transportation Science.

Shrestha, D., D.J. Lovell, and Y. Tripodis (2017).  Hardware and software for collecting microscopic trajectory data on naturalistic driving behavior. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems, 21(3), 202-213.

Lovell, D.J. (in press). Lossless compression of all vehicle trajectories in a common roadway segment. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

Peter Chang Named Co-Director of UMD Engineers Without Borders

He will lead the program with mechanical engineering professor Jungho Kim.

UMD Experts Tackle Critical Topics at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and student involvment exemplified the theme "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change."

Lovell Promoted to Full Professor

CEE/ISR faculty member promoted to the rank of full professor by UMD President Wallace Loh.

Mechanical Engineering Clinches 2015 Alumni Cup Title

Student teams conquer light bulb challenge at 4th annual competition.

MDSE Installs Water Disinfection System in Sierra Leone

MDSE returns to Sierra Leone to install a rainwater catchment and ultraviolet disinfection system

CEE Ph.D. student James Jones wins WINFORMS Student Excellence Award

The award recognizes outstanding work in operations research in the D.C. metropolitan area.

MDSE Sends Team to Sierra Leone to Support Community Projects

UMD team seeks to improve the quality of life for the residents of Calaba Town in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Ph.D. student James Jones wins FAA research stipend

NEXTOR student's research will develop algorithms for dynamic re-sequencing of en route flights.

Dr. Lovell Receives National EWB Award

The award was presented on Saturday, March 24, during the 10th Anniversary celebration of EWB-USA held in conjunction with the Ninth Annual EWB-USA International Conference

EWB Implements Ethiopia Bridge Project

Students on the Ethiopia team traveled this winter to construct their bridge design

Vlachou, Swaroop win FAA graduate research awards

The two Ph.D. students are associated with the NEXTOR aviation operations research center.

FAA Approves NEXTOR II Research Contract

Aviation operations collaboration is worth up to $60 million over length of contract.

Lovell Recognized as ENGAGED Faculty

EWB Faculty Adviser is one of six in the program's inaugural honors.

Clark School ENGAGED Faculty Announced

The first class of Clark School ENGAGED Faculty are announced.

Professor Lovell Honored by Philip Merrill Scholar

Kathleen Hendrick, a 2011-2012 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar, named Professor Lovell as the faculty mentor who made the most impact.

UMD Attends the 2011 EWB-USA International Conference

Five undergraduates recently attended the 2011 EWB-USA International Conference in Louisville, KY.

Lovell Named Engineers Without Borders Advisor

Civil engineering, ISR professor to lead highly-regarded chapter of student service group.

CEE's Dr. Goodings And Dr. Lovell Selected To Join Keystone

Keystone instructors make a commitment to the improvement of education in fundamental engineering courses.

Engineers Without Borders Installs Solar Systems in Burkina Faso

Sustainable power sources help illuminate community in developing African country.

NEXTOR receives $1 million NASA grant for improving air traffic control

ISR Associate Professor David Lovell is PI for Maryland portion of grant.

UMD Professors are co-principal investigators on a project for NASA

Dr. Lovell and Dr. Ball are co-principal investigators on a project for NASA

CEE Professor awarded a $212,800 grant from NSF

Dr. David Lovell has been awarded a $212,800 grant from NSF

NEXTOR Researchers Win "Best Paper Awards" At ATM 2005 Conference

NEXTOR Researchers Win Best Paper Awards at ATM 2005 Conference