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About the R&D Branch

The Research & Development Branch leads and coordinates innovative research projects that are focused on near-term solutions to hazardous materials transportation problems.

Strategic Framework

Vision: To promote innovative approaches to support the safe commerce of hazardous materials for a multi-modal transportation system

Mission: To provide research, analyses and technical information needed to manage the public risk associated with hazardous material transportation

Goal: The goal of the Hazardous Materials Safety's Research & Development program is to develop and implement safety solutions that enhance the Agency's safety mission.

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R&D Strategic Plan

Check out the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Research and Development Strategic Plan for 2012-2017


The staff of the Research and Development branch conduct all aspects of program management within OHMS, including preparation of RFPs, SOWs, milestones, meetings and deliverables. R&D projects are conducted by a number of internal and external research partners and in cooperation with other DoT modal partners. OHMS R&D efforts include laboratory testing, piloting and field implementation. R&D staff also identify potential emerging risks and challenges to the safe transport of hazardous materials and provide fiscal oversight of diverse projects within their areas of responsibility. Current staff consists of Rick Boyle, chief and Eva Rodezno.

Research Needs

To submit research needs concerning hazardous materials transportation, email Eva Rodezno at

Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018