David Brown, PhD
Dr. David Brown has a lengthy and distinguished scientific reputation as a researcher, with an emphasis on factors involved in transportation-related injuries and other law-enforcement related computer applications. He designed and developed the Critical Analysis Reporting Environment (CARE), which won the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Administrator’s Award in 1995, for innovation for its information mining capabilities. Prior to his ICRC-sponsored project being funded, his most recent traffic safety project, funded by NHTSA in 2002, was to develop a National Model Impaired Driver Access System. Dr. Brown is the major designer of the Alabama Law Enforcement Tactical System (LETS), an innovative software system that delivers vital information on drivers, defendants, and vehicles to local police and criminal justice agencies.
Upon completing a BS in Industrial Engineering at Rutgers University, Dr. Brown went on to earn his MS in Industrial Engineering at Montana State University and a PhD in Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University, rising to professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, including a stint as Interim Head, before moving to the University of Alabama in 1991 to serve as Professor and Head of their Department of Computer Science. He currently serves as Director of Development for the CARE Research and Development Laboratory at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Brown has published more than 30 manuscripts in peer reviewed publications, and has also published three books and numerous book chapters. Over his career, he has had primary responsibility for over 50 major research projects totaling over $12 million. He has served as a consultant to numerous federal and state agencies as well as corporations and manufacturers.