Faculty Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Frank Southworth

Adjunct Principal Research Scientist
Transportation Systems Engineering


  • B.A. (Honors), Leeds University, School of Geography, England 1972
  • Ph.D., Leeds University, School of Geography, England 1977

Dr. Southworth joined the Georgia Tech faculty in February 2012. Prior to joining Tech, Dr. Southworth spent 28 years as an employee of the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory located in East Tennessee, leaving ORNL as a Distinguished R&D Staff member in December of 2011. Prior to joining ORNL in 1984 he was a faculty member in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and before that he was a research officer in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds in England.

Dr Southworth has published extensively on transportation planning topics, and been involved in the management of a number of large transportation data and modeling projects that have produced widely used datasets and software tools. While at ORNL he received a number of awards for his research contributions. Most of this research has been for federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for International Development, and various branches of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Transportation. He has also carried out research for, among others, the National Science Foundation, the Transportation Research Board, the Brookings Institution, the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Georgia, New York, and Tennessee State Departments of Transportation. He regularly serves on regional and national review panels dealing with data, statistical and mathematical modeling issues in both freight and passenger transportation.


  • Freight and passenger demand and supply modeling
  • Sustainable transportation systems and their supply chains
  • Transportation planning methods
  • Electric vehicle markets and policies
  • Public transit system planning and cost-benefit analysis
  • Land-use transportation interaction
  • Energy efficient urban form



  • F. Southworth (2018) Freight Flow Modeling in the United States. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy (Forthcoming)
  • D. Liu, H. Du., F. Southworth and S. Ma. (2017) The influence of social-psychological factors on the intention to choose low-carbon travel modes in Tianjin, China. Transportation. Research 105A :42-53..
  • Z. Lu, J. Crittenden, F. Southworth and E. Dunham-Jones (2017) An integrated framework for managing the complex interdependence between infrastructures and the socioeconomic environment: an application in metropolitan Atlanta. Urban Studies 54(12): 2874-2893.
  • H. Du, F. Qui, F. Southworth and S. Ma (2017) Pathways for energy conservation and emissions mitigation in urban road transport up to 2030: A case study of the Jing-Jin-Ji area, China. Journal of Cleaner Production 162:882-893..
  • Z. Lu, H. Zhang, F. Southworth and J. Crittenden (2016) Fractal dimensions of metropolitan area road networks and the impacts on the urban built environment. Ecological Indicators 70: 285-296.
  • S. McLeod, F. Southworth, A. Strauss-Weider and J. Hayes (2015) Enhancing U.S. Port Resiliency. ASCE Ports’16 Conference Paper. June 12-16, New Orleans, LA.
  • F. Southworth (2011) Analysis Of Automobile Travel Demand Elasticities With Respect To Travel Costs: A Review Of The Evidence (Draft) . Prepared for the Office of Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration.
  • F. Southworth (2011) Development of A Modal Decision Modeling Framework for Long Distance Passenger Travel: A Technical Note on Data and Modeling Options Prepared for the Office of Policy Information, Federal Highway Administration.
  • F. Southworth and B.A. Weigel (2009) An Example Carbon Footprint: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (CY 2008). Paper prepared for the Federal Transit Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Washington D.C.
  • F. Southworth, T. Reuscher and P. S. Hu (2009) Estimation and Short Range Forecasting of County Level Vehicle Miles of Travel and Motor Fuel Use for the United States (through 2015). Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.
  • WSP Inc., Cambridge Systematics and F. Southworth (2017) Improving Freight Transportation Resilience in Response to Supply Chain Disruptions. NCFRP 50 – Phase 1 Interim Report and Phase 2 Work Plan. December, 2017.
  • F. Southworth and D.A. Smith (2016) Estimating the Monetary Benefits of Reducing Delays on a Heavily Trafficked Truck Freight Corridor. National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332.
  • F. Southworth (2016) A Review Of Truck Freight Value Of Travel Time And Travel Time Reliability Studies. National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30322.
  • A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, F. Southworth, M. Rodgers, C. Ross, R. Boadi, S. Amoaning-Yankson, S. Brodie. M-A. Akofio-Sowah and J. Smith-Colin (2015) Transportation Systems Health: Concepts, Analysis, Applications & Significance. Final Report. Georgia Institute of Technology, Infrastructure Research Group, Atlata, GA.
  • V. Ghosal and F. Southworth (2014) Micro-Dynamics of Business Location and Growth and its Effects on The Transportation Network and Congestion in Georgia and The Southeast Region. Final Report. Georgia DOT Research Project No. 12-24.