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Lovell, David

Lovell, David

Director of Gemstone Honors Program
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Maryland Robotics Center
1184 Glenn L. Martin Hall

David Lovell has a B.A. in mathematics from Portland State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked in transportation consulting and was a combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps. His research interests include facility design, management, and control; computational and differential geometry; numerical methods; and the probabilistic structure of sports and tournaments.

Dr. Lovell is an affiliate of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


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

Honors and awards

  • ODK Leadership Fraternity, 2015
  • Poole & Kent Senior Faculty Teaching Award, 2014
  • EWB-USA Peter J. Bosscher Faculty Adviser Award, 2012
  • Clark School ENGAGED Faculty, 2011
  • CEE Department Faculty Service Award, 2009

Professional memberships

  • 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)


Geometric methods of transportation facility design; sensors in civil engineering applications; vehicle technology; traffic engineering, operations and control; air traffic management; data compression

Small Airport Capacity Modeling Factors

Principal Investigator(s) 

Lovell, David J.


Federal Aviation Administration

This project is a joint effort between researchers at the University of Maryland and the Ohio State University. The Federal Aviation Administration is interested in developing new capacity modeling factors for small aircraft operations at busy general aviation airports, as current estimates for small airport operating capacity are dated. This research seeks to identify specific data that will contribute to the development of modernized airport capacity models for small aircraft operations. You can visit the project web page here.





  • ENCE 201 - Engineering Information Processing
  • ENCE 302 - Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENCE 402 - Simulation and Design of Experiments



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jones, J.C., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (2018).  Stochastic optimization models for transferring delay along flight trajectories in order to reduce fuel usage.  Transportation Science, 52(1), 134-149.
  • Lovell, D.J. (2018). Lossless compression of all vehicle trajectories in a common roadway segment. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 33, 481-497.
  • Estes, A., D.J. Lovell, and M.O. Ball (2019). Unsupervised prototype reduction for data exploration and an application to air traffic management initiatives. EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics 8(5), 467-510.
  • Lovell, D.J. (2019). Kinematics-enabled lossless compression of freeway and arterial vehicle trajectories. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems 23(5), 452-476. Doi: 10.1080/15472450.2018.1560280
  • Estes, A., M. O. Ball, and D. J. Lovell (2021). Data exploration by representative region selection: Axioms and convergence. Mathematics of Operations Research, 46(3), 970-1007.
  • Liu, Y., M. Hansen, M.O. Ball, and D.J. Lovell (2021). Causal analysis of en route flight inefficiency. Transportation Research Part B, 151, 91-115.

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Gemstone Honors Program Marks 25th Anniversary

Groundbreaking program fosters research opportunities for undergradiate honors students.

Lovell to Lead UMD’s Gemstone Honors Program

Plans include increasing diversity, drawing broader range of majors.

FAA Extends Funding for NEXTOR III Aviation Operations Research Consortium

In its 23 years, NEXTOR has developed decision support tools, operational and system concepts, and policymaking tools that benefit the FAA, the airline industry and the flying public.

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