David R. Parrish, MSIE
Assistant Director of Operations
Areas of Expertise: database management, statistical data analysis and GIS
David R. Parrish is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Stennis Institute at Mississippi State University (MSU). He has a B.S. (1994) and M.S. (1996) in Industrial Engineering from MSU and is enrolled in the Industrial & Systems Engineering doctoral program at MSU (http://www.ise.msstate.edu/). David is the former coordinator of the J.W. Landrum Observational Survey Laboratory at the Social Science Research Center. His primary interests include observational research, program evaluation, decision support systems, data visualization, data management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has seventeen years of database management and GIS experience at the SSRC. Mr. Parrish has made significant contributions to transportation research in the state of Mississippi. He is the project director for Mississippi’s annual Seat Belt Campaign Evaluation. By using a probabilistic sampling methodology on the Mississippi road network, specific counties and road segments are chosen for observational research. In parallel to this study, David also conducts surveys on child restraint usage throughout the state. These projects are funded by the Office of Highway Safety, Division of Public Safety Planning, Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Mr. Parrish also has studied the human response to emergency alerting systems. In particular, his work has assessed the effectiveness of Radio Broadcast Data Systems (RBDS) for alerting the public in the event of an emergency. Lastly, Mr. Parrish provides research support under the auspices of the Family and Children Research Unit (FCRC) at SSRC. He provides expertise in the area of database management, statistical data analysis and GIS.