Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the University of Delaware

Earl (Rusty) Lee II

Associate Professor; Director, T2; LTAP Center
308 Dupont Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-6241
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2006 | Ph.D. | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2004 | M.S. | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1978 | Bachelor of Science | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Earl “Rusty” Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a core faculty member of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. He completed a B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1978. After graduation from RPI, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy, joining the Nuclear Power Program and the Submarine Service. He retired at the rank of Commander in 2002, having served 12 years on active duty and 12 years in the Navy Reserve. He returned to Rensselaer in the fall of 2000 to pursue a master’s degree and was hired by RPI as a research project manager. He completed his M.S in 2004 in Management and his Ph.D. in 2006 in Decision Science and Engineering Systems.

His research involves modeling of transportation and infrastructure systems. His work in modeling interdependent infrastructure systems has been heavily cited by his peers. Rusty also is the Director of the Delaware T2/LTAP Center. The Center, funded by the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, supports the local and state transportation agencies of Delaware. The center’s work includes training, technology transfer, traffic and worker safety and workforce development.

Rusty is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, Project Management Institute and American Public Works Association. He received the 2020 College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service and Community Engagement. In 2017, he received a Safety Coin from the Federal Highway Administration Safety and Design Technical Service Team to recognize an individual for their efforts towards improving highway safety.


  • Disasters
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Transportation


  1. “Modeling Pedestrian Crossing Behavior Using Bayesian Network” (with N. Attoh-Okine and R. Bedeley). Accepted for publication in Transport – Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  2. “Marine Vessels as Substitutes for Heavy-Duty Trucks in Great Lakes Freight Transportation” (with B. Comer, J. Corbett,  S. Hawker, K. Korfmacher, C. Prokop, J. Winebrake). Journal of the Air&Waste Management Association, Vol. 6, No. 7, 2010.
  3. “Urban Bus Transit Network Modeling Using Ant Algorithms” (with S. Eshragh, S.A. Zargari,  and A. Faghri). Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 80-83, 2010.
  4. “Utilizing the Hilbert-Huang Transform for Near-Term Travel Time Prediction” (with M. T. Shourijeh, K.  Hamad and A. Faghri). Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Vol. 24, pp 551-576, 2009.
  5. “Logic-based Multi-Objective Optimization for Restoration Planning” (with J. Gong, J. Mitchell and W. Wallace). In Optimization and Logistics Challenges in the Enterprise (W. Chaovalitwongse, K.C. Furman, and P.M. Pardalos, Eds.)) Springer Book Series on Optimization and Its Applications (SOIA), Vol. 30.  Springer Publishing Company, New York , NY. 2009
  6. “Network Flow Approaches for Analyzing and Managing Disruptions to Interdependent Infrastructure Systems” (with J. Mitchell and W. Wallace). In Wiley Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security  (J. G. Voeller, Ed.) John Wiley&Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. 2009.
  7. “Restoration of Services in Interdependent Infrastructure Systems: A Network Flows Approach” (with W.A. Wallace and J. E. Mitchell) IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics – Part C, Vol. 37, No. 6, pp 1303 – 1317, 2007.
  8. “Probes as Path Seekers” (with A. Demers, G. F. List, W. Wallace and J. Wojtowicz) In Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1944, TRB, National Research Council, Washington, DC, 2006, pp. 107-114.
  9. “A Systems View of Data Integration for Emergency Response” (with P. Salasznyk, G. F. List, and W. A. Wallace). International Journal of Emergency Management, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2006.
  10. “Managing Disruptions to Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies in the Context of the World Trade Center Attack” (with W.A. Wallace, D.M. Mendonca, J.E. Mitchell, and J.H. Chow) In Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research  ( J. L. Monday, Ed.), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. 2003, pp 165-198.
  11. “A Mathematical Optimization Model for Locating Telecommuting Centers” (with M. T. Shourijeh and A. Faghri). Being prepared for submission to the European Journal of Operations Research. (to be submitted in November, 2009)
  12. “A Statistical Comparison of Methods to Determine Travel Times and Driver Delay” (with R. Wang and A. Faghri). Being prepared for GPS Solutions. (to be submitted in September, 2009)
  13. “Measuring Driver Compliance with Dynamic Route Guidance Systems – Results from a Field Experiment” (with A. Demers, G. List and W. Wallace). Being prepared for IEEE Transactions in Intelligent Transportation Systems. (to be submitted in December, 2009)
  14. “Modeling the Resilience of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems” (with J.E. Mitchell and W.A. Wallace) Being prepared for submission to Journal of Infrastructure Systems. (to be submitted in December, 2009)
  15. “Using Micro-Simulation Traffic Models for the Management of Special Events” (with B. Bertoli, J. Wojtowicz and W. Wallace). Being prepared for IEEE Transactions in Intelligent Transportation Systems. (to be submitted in December, 2009)

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