Chiara Silvestri Dobrovolny

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Chiara Silvestri Dobrovolny portrait

TTI Research Scientist
Roadside Safety
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
(979) 317-2687 x42687
[email protected]


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2008
Laurea, Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico of Milan, 2004


“Dr. Dobrovolny directs research for various state DOTs, FHWA, the Roadside Safety Pooled Fund and UTCs.”

Dr. Silvestri Dobrovolny is a research scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the Roadside Safety and Physical Security Division. She directs research for various state departments of transportation (DOTs), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Roadside Safety Pooled Fund and University Transportation Centers (UTCs).

She leads a MASH Coordination Effort project through the Roadside Safety Pooled Fund, with the objectives to coordinate information and testing activities related to the MASH implementation program and to develop databases of MASH-tested devices with and without granted FHWA eligibility letters, and DOT needs for MASH testing.

She has extensive experience with the evaluation of a number of roadside safety devices and has developed guidelines for their use. She has co-authored more than 50 publications and presentations.

Research Interests

Structures, Occupant Protection, Highway Safety, Computer Modeling and Simulation, Finite Element Modeling, Roadside Safety Structures