The University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves as headquarters and lead institution for the Mid-America Transportation Center, a consortium that focuses on safe, efficient and effective transportation in a four-state region. Other states involved are Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. Rural roadways, urban traffic and major freight corridors are among the issues studied. It also is home to the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a research organization that focuses on all aspects of highway design and safety.
Faller, an assistant research professor with the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, is a licensed civil engineer. His recent work has included bridge railings, temporary concrete barriers and work zone safety signs.
Dr. Cody Stolle is a Research Assistant Professor at UNL, working closely with the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility for 19 years. Dr. Stolle is an expert in computer simulation modeling, vehicle dynamics, impact analysis, roadside barrier design, energy absorbing systems and components, and crash data analysis & collection. His research included prediction of vehicle movements, reactions, and timing in multi-body vehicle dynamics simulations such as CarSim, developing and calibrating multiple vehicle models, performing launch and stability analysis, and refining engine power models. Dr. Stolle has an extensive history of preparing, instrumenting, and conducting full-scale and component testing, as well as analyzing data and developing recommendations regarding vehicle dynamics (e.g., tire-pavement friction and steering capabilities of vehicles in near-swerve conditions, launching and rollover analysis, trajectory prediction and vehicle controls in support of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication), material classification (unique, dynamic and ASTM quasi-static tensile and shear capacity testing, multi-axial loading, and high strain rate testing), and barrier crashworthiness. In addition, Dr. Stolle evaluated mechanisms for triggering occupant protection systems such as airbags, onboard accelerometers, and seat belt pretensioners, as well as critical vehicle damage and deformations to evaluate crush factors for energy analysis. Dr. Stolle received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.