Dr. William H. Schneider IV.

Dr. William H. Schneider IV.

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Civil Engineering
Office: Shrank Hall North 160
Phone: 330-972-2426
Fax: 330-972-6020
Email: whs4@uakron.edu



  • PhD Civil Engineering, 2003, Purdue University
  • MS Civil Engineering, 2001, Purdue University
  • BS Civil Engineering, 1998, Purdue University

Professional Engineer, Ohio License Number 71881

Research Interests

My research involves real-time integration and analysis of numerous “big data” sources, which characterize the operational and safety performance of transportation facilities, allowing for both fundamental and applied research into driver behavior under a variety of contexts. 


I have been at the University of Akron since the fall of 2006, during which I have been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on:

·         31 research projects with a total budget of 5.87 million dollars.  Predominately, the funding sources for these projects are the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), and the Road Safety Institute hosted at the University of Minnesota (Region V University Transportation Center).


Specifically these projects have included:

·         automated real-time data collection (incorporation of weather, travel time, and vehicle data),

·         sensor reliability, road salt/deicer chemical management (both operational and environmental risks), and

·         geo-spatial crash modeling that is used with state and local law enforcement programs. 


To date, I have financially supported and advised:

·         five Ph.D. students (four graduated, one current),

·         ten Master’s students (eight graduated, two current) with a thesis option, and

·         70 plus undergraduate students (freshmen to senior). 



As a faculty member in civil engineering, I bring enthusiasm and practical applications to the classroom.  I believe that demonstrating real-world applications for theoretical material provides students with meaningful learning experiences that they will take with them when they leave school.  Through careful planning and course development, my excitement for engineering translates into quality lessons for my students.  I seek to provide an enjoyable and significant experience for the students.  In doing so, I hope to positively impact the profession of civil engineering as a whole. 


To date, I have developed and taught the following courses at the undergraduate level:

  •        Introduction to Transportation,
  •        Highway Design, and
  •        Construction Management.


At the graduate level, I have developed and taught:

  •         Transportation Decision Making,
  •         Transportation Planning,
  •         Transportation Safety, and
  •          Transportation Data Analytics.


In all but I believe 2 cases, my evaluations are consistently above both departmental and college averages.



Presently, I am the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) coordinator (ABET is the national accreditation process for the undergraduate program), have recently co-written the ABET report, and led the department through an ABET visit. Additionally, I am responsible for restructuring the civil engineering course curriculum as a member of the college of engineering undergraduate curriculum committee.  In fulfillment of these services, I have been able to cultivate strong working relationships that have expanded into collaborations in research as well as the classroom.



“Sweet Sixteen” High Value research award, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Purdue University School of Civil Engineering.

Mathew Edward Kern Award, Excellence in Environmental Engineering, Purdue University School of Civil Engineering.

Greeley and Hansen Fellowship, Purdue University School of Civil Engineering.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Friend of the Transportation Research Board Highway Safety Manual Task Force


PhD Civil Engineering, 2003, Purdue University; MS Civil Engineering, 2001, Purdue University; BS Civil Engineering, 1998, Purdue University