Researcher Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
  • B.Sc., Kwamee Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2002

Dr. Gbologah is a Research Engineer II at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research has made many pioneering and significant contributions to a broad range of transportation research, from operations of the multi-modal freight transportation system to transportation energy and emission modeling, to operations and safety of highways.

Dr. Gbologah successfully developed the first temporally and spatially coupled simulation model of the multi-modal port-freight transportation system to estimate container throughput in the southeastern US. Dr. Gbologah also conducted the first research on roundabout illumination and safety in the U.S. and his work was selected as one of three best papers at the 4th International Conference on Roundabouts. He was subsequently invited by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to present on a national webinar to commemorate 20 years of roundabout design in the U.S. The webinar was the most attended in TRB history with more than 1200 attendees. Dr. Gbologah also estimated the first potential roundabout illumination crash modification factor; an important safety parameter which is missing in the Highway Safety Manual. Dr. Gbologah also innovated a photographic method to measure roadway illumination levels using a digital camera. He has since utilized his method to lead the report to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) on the cost-effectiveness of illumination as a safety treatment at rural intersections.

Dr. Gbologah is also the originator of a revolutionary bottom-up framework that uses travel activity data to predict energy and emission performance of public rail transit vehicles. His model is currently the rail analysis engine in the Transit Fleet and Emissions Calculator that is available for download from the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST).

Dr. Franklin Gbologah has also received awards for academic excellence and research. He received the National Society of Black Engineers Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholar award in 2009, the Georgia Tech Tower Award in 2010, the Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship award in 2012 from the Federal Highway Administration.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Multi-modal freight transportation system
  • Transportation Energy and emission modeling
  • Highway safety and operations

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Top Three Research Paper, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts. Conference was held by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, in April 2014
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration, 2012
  • Tower Award for Academic Excellence, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010
  • Board of Corporate Affiliates Scholar, National Society of Black Engineers, 2009

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Gbologah, F., Guin, A., Roger, P., Rodgers, M. “Calibration of a Digital Camera for Rapid Auditing of In-situ Intersection Illumination” Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, Issue 2617, 2017, pp 35-43.
  • Gbologah, F., Y. Xu, M. Rodgers, and R. Guensler. “Demonstrating a Bottom-Up Framework for Evaluating Energy And Emission Performance Of Various Electric Rail Transit Options”. Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, Issue 2428, 2014, pp 10-17.
  • Xu, Y., F. Gbologah, D. Lee, H. Liu, M. Rodgers, and R. Guensler. “Assessment of Alternative Fuel and Powertrain Transit Bus Options using Real-world Operations Data: Life-cycle Fuel and Emissions Modeling”. Journal of Applied Energy, No. 154 (2015) pp. 143-159.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Gbologah, F., H. Li, and M. Rodgers. “Assessing Fleet-Wide Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel-Saving and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Benefits from Low Rolling Resistance Tires”. Proceedings of 111th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Air and Waste Management Association in Hartford CT. June 25-28, 2018.
  • Gbologah, F., M. Rodgers, and A. Guin. “Safety Evaluation of Roundabouts in Georgia”. Presented at the 5th Annual University Transportation Center Conference for the Southeastern Region, Gainesville, FL. November 16-17, 2017.
  • Gbologah, F., A. Guin, M. Hunter, M. Rodgers, and R. Purcell. “Evaluation of the Cost-Effectiveness of Illumination as a Safety Treatment at Rural Intersections. Presented at the 3rd Annual University Transportation Center Conference for the Southeastern Region, Birmingham, AL. March 26-27, 2016.
  • Gbologah, F., S. Berrebi, A. Guin, A. Samoylov, M. Hunter, and M. Rodgers. “Evaluation of Roundabout Illumination and Safety”. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Roundabouts in Seattle, Washington. April 16 – 18, 2014.
  • Gbologah, F., Hunter, M., and M. Rodgers. “A Multimodal Port Freight Transportation Model for Estimating Container Throughput”. Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, Savannah, GA. December 7-10 2014.
REPORTS
  • Gbologah, F., Li, H., and Rodgers, M. A Tool to Predict Fleet-Wide Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fuel-Saving Benefits from Low Rolling Resistance Tires. Draft Report Submitted to the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, April 2018.
  • Gbologah, F., Rodgers, M., Hunter, M., Guin, A. Safety Evaluations of Roundabouts in Georgia. Submitted to Georgia Department of Transportation, February 2018.
  • Gbologah, F., Guin, A., Purcell, R., Rodgers, M. Evaluation of the Cost Effectiveness of Illumination as a Safety Treatment at Rural Intersections. Submitted to Georgia Department of Transportation, December 2016.
  • Gbologah, F., Berrebi, S., Samoylov, A., Hunter, M., Rodgers, M. Evaluation of Current Practice for Illumination of Roundabouts; Safety and Illumination of Roundabouts (Phase 1). Submitted to Georgia Department of Transportation, March 2016.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology. Development of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator Incorporating Electric Vehicle Options, Final Report. Submitted to US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration. March, 2014.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Invited Panel Speaker: 20 Years of Advancement in Roundabout Design, Roundabout Construction Sequencing and the Case for Illumination of Roundabouts. A National Webinar Hosted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), June 01, 2015. Webinar achieved a TRB record with 584 sites login, 1,217 Participants.
  • Invited Talk: The Impacts of Illumination Levels on Nighttime Safety at Roundabouts, Sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. March 09, 2015.