Professor Emeritus David Hartgen Passes Away, Leaving Legacy In Transportation Studies

Professor Emeritus David Hartgen passed away on May 22, 2021. From 1989 to 2006, Dr. Hartgen was Professor of Transportation in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at UNC Charlotte.

While at UNC Charlotte, 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, and was author of over 300 studies.

For over 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.

His obituary provides more details about his life’s work and interests.