Larry Head is a professor of systems and industrial engineering at the University of Arizona. He has over 30 years of academic and industry experience related to systems engineering, engineering management, adaptive traffic signal control and signal priority, and connected and automated vehicle systems. He has served as interim dean of the College of Engineering, interim vice provost for online learning, director of the Transportation Research Institute, and department head of the Systems and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. He currently serves on the Arizona Governor’s Task Force for Self-Driving Vehicles, is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Traffic Signal Systems Committee and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee, and a past member of the SAE DSRC Technical Committee. He is an associate editor of Transportation Research – Part C. He is a member of TRB, SAE, ASEE, INFORMS, IISE, and IEEE.


  • PhD Systems and Industrial Engineering - University of Arizona
  • MS Systems Engineering - University of Arizona
  • BS Systems Engineering - University of Arizona

Teaching Interests: Systems engineering, engineering management, financial modeling for innovation, object-oriented modeling and design, simulation, transportation systems, and communications theory

Research Interests: Cyber-physical systems, intelligent systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, urban traffic operations, transportation modeling, and intelligent transportation systems