Mitsuru Saito

Transportation Engineering
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1988.
Contact Info - Office: 
368J Clyde Building
(801) 422-6326
msaito@byu.edu

Mitsuru Saito
Professor

 

Education

Purdue University PhD, Civil Engineering, 1988.
University of Virginia MS, Civil Engineering 1983.
Brigham Young University BS, Civil Engineering, 1981.
Gunma National Technical College Associate Degree, Civil Engineering, 1973.

Work Experience

  • Professor, Civil Engineering, BYU, (2001-present)
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, BYU, (1997-2001)
  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering City College of New York, CUNY, (1992-1997)
  • Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering City College of New York, CUNY, (1988-1992)
  • Bridge Design Engineer, Nippon Koei Consulting Engineers, Tokyo, (1973-1978)

Professional Development

  • Consistent involvement in professional organizations in technical and educational areas
  • Interaction with government agencies and industry through sponsored research programs
  • Participation and paper presentations in national and international conferences

Consulting and Patents

  • Patent Pending: “Automated Estimation of Average Stopped Delay at Signalized Intersections,” Saito, M., Hereth, W.R., and Zundel, A., Applied September 23, 2004, Serial No. 10/948,104; International Application No.: PCT/US04/31526.

States in Which Professionally Licensed

  • Professional Engineer (New Jersey: 24GE03754800; Utah: 156648-2202)

Principal Publications in the Last Five Years

  • Schultz, G.G., Dowell, A.L., Roundy, R.S., Saito, M., Reese, C.S. “Evaluating the Safety Effects of Signal Improvement.” In Compendium of Papers of the 93rd TRB Annual Meeting, January 2014.
  • Dudley, S., G.G. Schultz and M. Saito. “Framework for Highway Safety Mitigation: The Utah Experience.” In the Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Transportation Information and Saft, June 2013, Wuhan, China.
  • Jin, T.G. and M. Saito. “Truck Trip Assignment to Utah’s Truck Routes Using Geographic Information System and Genetic Algorithm.” In the Proceeding of 2013 International Highway Technology Summit: Innovative Approaches and Best Practice, April 16-18, 2013, Beijing, China, pp. 62-73.
  • Chau, E., M. Saito, and G. G. Schultz. “Feasibility of Incorporating Mobility-based Performance Measures in Highway Construction Project Specifications.” In the Proceedings of 2013 International Highway Technology Summit: Innovative Approaches and Best Practice, April 16-18, 2013, Beijing, China, pp. 51-62. Publisher: China Highway & Transportation Society.
  • Forbush, T. and M. Saito. “Developin Algorithms for Real-Time Delay Estimation at Signalized Intersections Using Vehicle Arrival and Departure Times.” In Compendium of Papers of the 92nd TRB Annual Meeting, January 2013.
  • T.G. Jin, M. Saito, D.L. Eggett. “Developing County-Level Commodity-Flow Models Incorporating Land Use Characteristics and Economic Factors for Utah.” Published in Journal of Urban Planning and Development, ASCE. Volume 138, Issue 1, pp.35-42. March 2012
  • B.K. Brimley, M. Saito, and G.G. Schultz. “Calibration of the “Highway Safety Manual” Safety Performance Function: Development of New Models for Rural Two-Lane Two-Way Highways.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, 2279, pp. 82-89. 2012.
  • A.B. Wilson and M. Saito. “Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Variable Advisory Speed Systems on Queue Mitigation in Work Zones.” 8th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies (ICTTS 2012), Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, Volume 43, 2012, pp. 662-670. (Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Traffic & Transportation Studies (8th ICTTS 2012), August 1-3, 2012, Changsha, China).
  • T.G. Jin, M. Saito, and G. G. Schultz. “Developing a Statewide Commodity Flow Distribution Model Using Composite Friction Factors.” 8th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies (ICTTS 2012), Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, Volume 43, 2012, pp. 406-417. (Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Traffic & Transportation Studies (8th ICTTS 2012). August 1-3, 2012, Changsha, China).
  • G.S. Macfarlane, M. Saito, and G.G. Schultz. “Delay Underestimation at Free Right-Turn Channelized Intersections.” Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 16, 2011, (Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Highway Capacity and Quality of Services, June 28 – July 3, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden), Elsevier. pp. 560-567. Peer-reviewed.
  • Y.M. Keita and M. Saito. “Evaluation of the IQA Delay Estimation Method.” Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 16, 2011, (Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Highway Capacity and Quality of Services, June 28 – July 3, 2011, Stockholm, Sweden), Elsevier. pp. 792-802. Peer-reviewed.
  • Jin, T. and M. Saito. “Commodity Flow Estimation Models Incorporating Land Use Characteristics and Economic Factors.” Urban Transport XVII: Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century (The Proceedings of the Urban Transport 2011 International Conference, June 6-8, 2011, Pisa, Italy), WIT Press. pp. 435-446. Peer-reviewed.
  • Keita, Y. and M. Saito. “Remote Data Collection for the IQA Delay Estimation Method.” In the proceedings of the First T&DI Congress 2011, March 13-16, 2011, Chicago. http://link.aip.org/link/?ASC/398/108. DOT: 10.1061/41167(398)15. Peer-reviewed.
  • MacFarlane, G.S., M. Saito, and G.G. Schultz. “Driver Perceptions at Free Right-Turn Channelized Intersections.” In the proceedings of the First T&DI Congress 2011, March 13-16, 2011, Chicago. http://link.aip.org/link/?ASC/398/108. DOT: 10.1061/41167(398)108. Peer-reviewed.
  • Ng, G. and M. Saito. “Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Crashes Involving Trucks on Interstate Highways in Utah.” In the proceedings of the Seventh Asia Pacific Conference on Transportation and the Environment, 3-5 June, 2010, Patra Jasa Convention Hotel, Semarang, Indonesia. Peer-reviewed. pp.217-226.
  • Jin, T. and M. Saito. “Evaluating the Accuracy of Truck Traffic Data on State Highways.” Proceedings of the Seventh Asia Pacific Conference on Transportation and the Environment, 3-5 June, 2010, Patra Jasa Convention Hotel, Semarang, Indonesia. Peer-reviewed. pp.155-164.
  • Schultz, G.G., J. McGee, M. Saito. “Economic Development Criteria for Use in the Project Prioritization Process of Utah.” Proceedings of the Seventh Asia Pacific Conference on Transportation and the Environment, 3-5 June, 2010, Patra Jasa Convention Hotel, Semarang, Indonesia. Peer-reviewed. pp.36-46.
  • McMurtry, T., M. Saito, M. Rifkin, and S. Heath. “Variable Speed Limits Signs Effects on Speed and Speed Variation in Work Zones.” In Proceedings of the 12th AASHTO/TRB Maintenance Management Conference held in July 2009.
  • Jin, T. and M. Saito. “Spatial and Temporal Analyses of Crashes at Two Work Zones with Different Traffic Control Devices: Barrels and Jersey Barriers.” In Compendium of Papers of the 88th TRB Annual Meeting, January 2009.
  • Chuo, K. and M. Saito. “Evaluation of the Applicability of the Crash Prediction Module of IHSDM to Safety Audits of Two-lane Rural Highways.” In Compendium of Papers of the 88th TRB Annual Meeting, January 2009. Accepted for publication in a future issue of Journal of Transportation Research Board.

Scientific and Professional Societies

  • Member of ASCE, ITE, TRB
  • Member of International Scientific Committee and paper presenter, 2008 International Conference on Application of Advanced Technology to Transportation, ASCE
  • Committee member of Infrastructure Systems Committee (chaired the committee from 1996-2000) and Transportation Operations Committee of ASCE’s Transportation & Development Institute; Supported committee activities by presenting papers at committee-organized conferences and published in their proceedings
  • Committee Member or Friends for TRB Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, Freeway Operations Committee, and Simulation Subcommittee.

Honors and Awards

  • Scholarly Achievement Award, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, BYU, (2004)
  • Certificate of Appreciation.ASCE, on the Steering Committee of Infrastructure Systems Committee, Assessment Conference, Boston, 1997 (2001)
  • Certificate of Award, ASCE, as past-chair of the Infrastructure Systems Committee, 2000

Institutional and Professional Service in the Last Five Years

  • Lab Director, Transportation Lab, Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., (The lab is under construction, 2008)
  • Member, Global Awareness Committee, Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, BYU, (2006-present)
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, Civil & Environmental Engineering Dept., (2006-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, ITE BYU Student Chapter, (1998-present)