Rodger J. Koppa

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Rodger J. Koppa
Alma mater
  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A, M.A)
  • Texas A&M University (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
Fields-Transportation system human factors -Design and evaluation of automotive adaptive devices for disabled drivers
ThesisAdaptive control requirements for the quadriparetic driver...[1] (Unpublished)

Rodger J. Koppa is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University[2]. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society[3].


Koppa received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1958 as well as a Master of Arts in Experimental psychology in 1960. He then received his Ph.D. in Industrial engineering from Texas A&M University in 1979[2].


Rodger Koppa began his career in 1961 as a Human Factors Engineer at the Ling-Temco-Vought Corporation[4].

He then began work from 1967 to 1972 as a General Electric contractor on the Apollo program as a Crew Performance Specialist. In an interview with Tom Turbiville on WTAW (AM), Dr. Koppa spoke of his efforts in the planning and crew coordination for the Extravehicular activity on the lunar surface[5]. He was also a prime trainer for the Apollo 13 and Apollo 16 missions[4] working with astronauts such as Fred Haise.[6]

From 1972 to 2001, he was an Associate Research Engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute[4]. From 1982 to 2001, he worked concurrently as an Associate professor, with a specialty in Human factors and ergonomics, in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. In that time he

Koppa has been certified by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, albeit retired, for 25+ year

Koppa is also a Regulation and licensure in engineering, licensed by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and has been licensed since March 1982[7].

Selection of Research Publications

  • Wooldridge, M. D., Fitzpatrick, K., Koppa, R., & Bauer, K. (2000). Effects of Horizontal Curvature on Driver Visual Demand. Transportation Research Record[8]
  • Rodger J. Koppa,Laura L. Higgins. (1994) Bus Route Guidance Information Design: A Manual for Bus and Light Rail Transit Systems[9]


  • Koppa received the General Electric Apolloneer Award in 1969.[4]
  • Koppa received the Trinity-Charley Wootan Directors Career Achievement Award for Research in 2000 while working at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.[4]


  1. Koppa, Rodger J. (1990-08-01). "State of the Art in Automotive Adaptive Equipment". Human Factors. 32 (4): 439–455. doi:10.1177/001872089003200406. ISSN 0018-7208.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A, Texas; Engineering, M. University College of; Tamu, 3127; Station, College; Tx 77843-3127. "Koppa, Rodger J." Retrieved 2020-03-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. "Fellows - The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society". Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "HFES Fellow - Rodger J. Koppa" (PDF). Retrieved 24 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Roger Koppa an Apollo Veteran | WTAW". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  6. "Apollo 15 Drilling Problems". Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  7. "Texas Board of Professional Engineers - Roster Search". Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  8. Wooldridge, Mark D.; Fitzpatrick, Kay; Koppa, Rodger; Bauer, Karin (January 2000). "Effects of Horizontal Curvature on Driver Visual Demand". Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1737 (1): 71–77. doi:10.3141/1737-09. ISSN 0361-1981.
  9. Koppa, Rodger; Higgins, Laura (February 1994). "Bus Route Guidance Information Design: A Manual for Bus and Light Rail Transit Systems" (PDF). Texas Transportation Institute. Retrieved 3 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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