Richard F. Pain
Board of Directors, Member
Richard Pain is the retired Transportation Safety Coordinator for the Transportation Research Board, a division of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. In this role he was staff to 19 standing committees and a similar number of active subcommittees focusing on all aspects of highway and other mode safety, human performance, and cycles and pedestrians. He also was staff to committees on visualization, developing countries, statistics, and emergency evacuation. Working through these committees he helped develop the program for the TRB Annual Meeting (11,000 attend), develop specialty workshops, e.g. Roundabouts, Alcohol and Other Drugs in Transportation, Teamwork in Railroad Operations, Visualization, Older Drivers, Commercial Driver Health and Wellness, and identify short and long range research needs.
Richard is part of the Research Correlation Service program, visiting several state DOTs each year. He moderated the Transportation Safety Planning Working Group. He serves as liaison to relevant NCHRP, NTCRP, SHRP2 Safety, Synthesis and IDEA program projects. Before coming to TRB in 1988 he spent 20 years conducting contract safety and human performance research with several consulting firms. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology (human factors) from Michigan State University. He currently performs consulting work for TRB in transit and infrastructure valuation and for the National Committee on Statistics for the National Academies on truck driver fatigue and safety data bases.