Alan Nicholson is Professor and Director of Transportation Engineering and a former Head of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He holds BE (Hons), ME and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering, and an MSc degree in Transportation and Traffic Planning. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ (IPENZ), and was National Chairman of the IPENZ Transportation Group from 2003 to 2006.
Alan has over 35 years of experience in transportation engineering, including five years as a senior engineer in the Ministry of Works and Development, and has been an advisor on transport research to the NZ National Roads Board, Transit NZ, Transfund NZ and Land Transport NZ, plus several overseas organisations, since joining the University of Canterbury in 1981. He was a consultant to the New South Wales (Australia) Road Traffic Authority, for the preparation of their first Strategic Road Safety Plan in 1990, and has worked with several NZ consultants on the development of procedures for the economic evaluation of transport projects in NZ. In 2010-2011, he was an independent expert advisor to the Nelson City Council for their arterial road study, and in 2010 was a member of the Board of Inquiry for the SH1 (Transmission Gully) project plan change.
Alan’s teaching and research interests include transportation system planning and management; accident analysis, reduction and prevention; transport network reliability; risk management; transportation project appraisal and evaluation. He has presented invited lecture series and keynote papers on several of these topics at universities and international conferences in NZ and several overseas countries, including the UK and Australia.