Professor Emeritus David Hartgen left legacy in transportation studies

David Hartgen died May 22, 2021. From 1989 to 2006, Hartgen was professor of transportation in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte.

During his UNC Charlotte tenure, he established the University’s interdisciplinary transportation studies center, studying transportation systems throughout the nation. He conducted extensive assessments of congestion, road condition, growth and transit service in North Carolina, with particular focus on Charlotte. He was author of more than 300 studies.

For more than 30 years, he was the U.S. editor of the academic journal Transportation. He also worked with the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration and operated a consulting firm in 2007. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Read his obituary, which has more details about his life’s work and interests.