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About Benjamin L. Blandford

Ben Blandford is a senior research scientist at the Kentucky Transportation Center, where he has worked since 2006. Dr. Blandford holds a PhD in Geography, which he completed at the University of Kentucky in 2015.  Dr. Blandford’s research centers on transportation and planning, with specific interests in environmental planning, traffic safety, GIS analysis, modeling, and geovisualization. Dr. Blandford specializes in the development GIS-based transportation routing models, which he has successfully designed and implemented for a variety of projects, including snow and ice treatment route optimization in Kentucky, multimodal energy transportation route modeling in the U.S., and ecological modeling of endangered species habitat suitability.  Dr. Blandford’s ongoing research includes a multi-year vulnerability assessment of Kentucky’s transportation assets to natural hazards and extreme weather events.  Other research interests include public transportation, public involvement, and transportation and society.


Present Research Scientist, University of Kentucky Kentucky Transportation Center
Present Adjunct Professor, Midway College ‐ Department of Social Sciences

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Honors and Awards

  • 2008: Greg Herrington Award for Excellence in Visualization Research; National Academies, Transportation Review Board Committee on Visualization Research

Contact Information

Kentucky Transportation Center
176 Raymond Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0281
Phone: (859) 257-7504


Journal Articles (5)

Conference Proceedings (3)

Research Reports (11)

Thesis and Dissertation (1)

Presentations (3)

Book Review (1)