Ward (F. Erg. S) obtained his
Ph.D. in Human Factors psychology from Queen's University (Canada) with
dissertation on driver risk taking at rural railway crossings. He then spent 10 years conducting Human
Factors research in transportation safety and Intelligent
Systems (ITS) at Loughborough University and the University of Leeds. Dr. Ward moved to the USA as the
the human factors research laboratory at the
University of Minnesota (www.humanfirst.umn.edu)
for more than six years. Since 2007, he has been a tenured
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and a Senior
Research Scientist at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State
Dr. Ward is currently teaching courses on work analysis and design, usability engineering and interaction design, and the role of human factors in safety critical systems. Dr. Ward is also the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Industrial and Management Engineering.
During his research career, Dr. Ward has been successful in securing over 12 million dollars in funding from a range of international sources including foundation, state and federal funding. Most recently, Dr. Ward has received support from the US government in relation to the National Toward Zero Death to research and develop new strategies based on traffic safety culture. Dr. Ward is a co-founder of the Traffic Safety Culture Summit that is hosted annually by the Western Transportation Institute and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Big Sky, Montana.
Dr. Ward recently gave an invited presentation to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) and US Department of Transportation (USDOT) about the potential for a new paradigm of traffic safety interventions based on models of traffic safety culture.
In 2008, Dr. Ward was honored as a Fellow of Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. He is currently on the editorial advisory board of Accident Analysis and Prevention and Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior. Dr. Ward is also an active member of several Transportation Research Board committees including AND30 (Simulation and Measurement of Vehicle and Operator Performance) and AND10 (Vehicle User Characteristics).