Our People

C. Y. David Yang, Ph.D.

Executive Director


Dr. C. Y. David Yang became the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s executive director in October 2016. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation and private consulting firms. Dr. Yang has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers and government reports on many transportation topics. He is the current chair for the Transportation Research Board’s Users Performance Section and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and the International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology. Dr. Yang attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the field of civil engineering.


Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

Developments in Connected and Automated Vehicles


ITE Journal

Impact of Drivers’ Attitudes, Decisions, and Behaviors on Traffic Safety


Expert Systems With Applications

Cognition-based hierarchical en route planning for multi-agent traffic simulation


Accident Analysis and Prevention

Impact of road environment on drivers’ behaviors in dilemma zone: Application of agent-based simulations


Public Roads

The Science and Art of Putting Drivers Under The Microscope