John Patrick O'Har



BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

MS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011

PhD, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013


Harrington Park, NJ

Thesis/Dissertation Topic:   

Transportation Asset Management and Climate Change: An Adaptive Risk-oriented Approach


Journal Articles

Meyer, M. D., Amekudzi A. A., and O’Har, J. P. (2010). “Transportation Asset Management Systems and Climate Change: An Adaptive Systems Management Approach”.  Transportation Research Record, 2160, pp. 12-20

Conference Proceedings

O’Har, J.P., Meyer, M.D., and Amekudzi, A.A. (2012). “Transportation Asset Management Systems and Climate Change Adaptation: A Risk-oriented Approach”. 17th Pan-American Conference of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Santiago, Chile, September 24 to 27, 2012.

O’Har, J.P. and Meyer, M.D. (2012). “Transportation Asset Management and Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges”. 9th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management, San Diego, California, April 16 to 18, 2012.

O’Har, J.P., Amekudzi, A.A., and Meyer, M.D. (2012). “Risk Concepts and Applications in Transportation Asset Management: An Overview of Current Practice”. 91st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 22 to 26, 2012. (Poster Presentation)

O’Har, J.P., Amekudzi, A.A., and Meyer, M.D. (2011). “Using Risk as a Basis for Project Prioritization and Performance Targets Setting”. 4th International Transportation Systems Performance Measurement Conference, Irvine, California, May 18 to 20, 2011. (Poster Presentation)

O’Har, J.P. (2010). “Risk-oriented Decision Making Approaches in Transportation Asset Management”. 6th Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM), Newark, Delaware, June 19, 2010.

Project Involvement:

“Best Practices in Selecting Performance Measures and Standards for Effective Asset Management” – Georgia DOT and U.S. DOT


Presidential Fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (2011-2012)

Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (2011-2012)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2010)

Georgia Department of Transportation Scholarship (2010)

Joe S. Mundy Global Learning Experience Travel Award for Travel to the European Transport Conference in Leiden, Netherlands (2009)

President’s Undergraduate Research Award (2009)

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Greenberg Farrow Scholarship (2007)

Eagle Scout Award (2005)

Recognized as a Scholar by the National Hispanic Recognition Board (2005)

Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (2005)


J.P. grew up in a suburb of New York City, Harrington Park, N.J. He left his hometown in 2005 to pursue a Bachelor’s at Georgia Tech and has been in Atlanta ever since. During his undergraduate tenure J.P. interned with a structural steel erection company based in Bronx, N.Y., Imperial Iron Works, Inc. He began his graduate studies in 2009 and his research interests in transportation systems engineering include infrastructure management systems, climate change adaptation, and risk. In 2010 J.P. was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  His proposed research includes developing a risk appraisal framework for vulnerable (to the impacts of climate change) transportation infrastructure assets, that uses existing transportation asset management systems, in order to provide a strategic platform for climate change-related investment decision making. During the fall of 2011 J.P. was a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. During this in-residence program J.P. worked with the Technical Activities Division of the Transportation Research Board and also furthered his knowledge of the federal transportation policy-making process. J.P. served as president of Georgia Tech’s Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers during the 2010-2011 academic year and is also actively involved with the Latino Organization of Graduate Students. When he is not tackling transportation problems J.P. enjoys playing, watching, and following soccer.

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