Jerome S. Gluck, P.E., F.ASCE, an engineering manager with AECOM in New York whose significant achievements reflect 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Gluck specializes in transportation and traffic engineering and planning. His areas of expertise include roadway access management and traffic impact studies, freeway operations, and systems analysis. While with the Department of Defense as highway systems engineer, he dealt with myriad issues, among them vertical clearance, vehicle oversize/overweight limits, and gaps in the interstate highway system. He managed the assessments of the adequacy of the nation’s highways to support national defense, with a focus on transportation facilities at and supporting our military installations and defense readiness.
In the private sector, he manages such planning projects at the statewide and regional/corridor levels. His efforts have resulted in the development of a range of operational, safety, and mobility options for critical regional and national highways, including I-95 (Cross Bronx Expressway) and I-87 (Major Deegan Expressway). Working with stakeholders usually hostile to highway improvements, he was able to identify strategies that were viewed as visionary. For the Long Island Expressway Improvement Project, he led the accident and operational analysis for the 40+ miles involved. He developed the process that could be used for comparing the operational benefits of different LIE improvement configurations, accounting for oversaturated conditions experienced on the highway for extended periods throughout the day.
As principal investigator for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 420: Impacts of Access Management Techniques and NCHRP Synthesis 404: State of the Practice in Highway Access Management, Gluck addressed planning, highway design, development review, and other focus areas that involve access management. Based on the research results from NCHRP Report 420, he drafted changes that were incorporated into AASHTO’s A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. He also made significant contributions to other NCHRP projects to develop traffic engineering and transportation planning guidance, such as driveway design, left-turn treatments, and median opening design.
He also has unique knowledge of access management issues and policy development from working with transportation agencies around the nation. By drafting access management codes and guidelines, he has supported efforts by agencies to maintain the functional integrity of their highway systems and slow the deterioration in traffic operations and safety that occurs when highway access is inadequately managed.
A highlight of his career is his leadership and participation on the TRB Access Management Committee. As a founding member, he helped set the direction for the Committee and was instrumental in identifying research needs to help guide practitioners in their application of highway access management. He has served in various roles on the Committee for more than 18 years.
Gluck earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Cooper Union and a Master of Science in transportation planning and engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Poly).