Who We Are

Deborah Salon

Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Salon studies transportation in cities with the goal of better understanding of how these systems work, and how policies and smart investments might improve them. The methods she uses range from qualitative, interview-based research to advanced econometric analysis. Dr. Salon holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. Before joining the faculty at ASU, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and subsequently held a research appointment at UC Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies.

Sybil Derrible

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering and Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois

Sybil Derrible is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering and the Department of Computer Science (by courtesy), a Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research is at the nexus of urban metabolism, infrastructure planning, data science, and complexity science to redefine how cities are planned, designed, and operated for smart, sustainable, and resilient urban systems. He is the author of the textbook Urban Engineering for Sustainability (MIT Press, 2020) and he is an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems and for Cleaner Production Letters.

Ram Pendyala

Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Ram Pendyala is a professor of transportation and Director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University where he has been on the faculty since 2006.  Between 2014 and 2016, he served on the faculty at Georgia Tech. Prior to 2006, he served for 12 years as a faculty member at the University of South Florida.  Pendyala is an expert in travel behavior analysis and modeling, and is currently working on a number of projects related to behavioral impacts of emerging transportation technologies and mobility services.  He is directing a USDOT-sponsored Tier 1 University Transportation Center called TOMNET that is developing new methods for forecasting mobility choices.  Pendyala has held a number of leadership positions with the Transportation Research Board and International Association for Travel Behaviour Research.

Kouros Mohammadian

Professor, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois

Abolfazl “Kouros” Mohammadian is a Professor of Transportation Systems and Head of Civil and Materials Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research has covered various areas of transportation planning including travel behavior analysis, travel surveys, agent-based microsimulation models, and freight and logistics modeling. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Transportation Letters, and currently serves as the Chair of the “Traveler Behavior and Values” committee of TRB.

Denise Capasso da Silva

Ph.D. Student, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Denise received her degree in Civil Engineering in 2015 from University of São Paulo (EESC-USP), with a special studies certificate in Transportation Engineering. She received a full scholarship from Science Without Borders to study for one year at University of Illinois at Chicago during 2013. She also has her master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and Planning from the University of São Paulo. Currently, she is a PhD student and Research Assistant at Arizona State University. Denise studies the impacts of attitudes on travel behavior, and perceptions towards the future of transportation, such as autonomous vehicles. Denise was awarded the WTS Overly/Kmetty Scholarship by the Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Jenny Grote student leadership award by Arizona ITE in 2020 for her contributions to the ITE ASU Student Chapter. She has also received a fellowship from the International Road Federation January 2020.

Ehsan Rahimi

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois

Ehsan Rahimi is a Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, he is working in the Translab laboratory focusing on the resiliency of the public transit system, Micro-mobility (e.g., shared E-scooters), and travel behavior during outbreaks (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). Those projects are funded by various federal and state agencies such as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT).

Matthew Wigginton Conway

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Matthew Wigginton Conway is a PhD Candidate in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. His research interests include the interaction of land use policy and transportation outcomes, public transportation, and computation and econometric methods.

Ali Shamshiripour

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago

Ali Shamshiripour is a PhD Candidate and Research Assistant at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With a major focus on planning towards the resident-centric Smart Cities, his research covers multiple dimensions of sustainability, resiliency, safety, and the emergence of new transportation technologies . His research incorporates travel behavior theories, econometrics and machine learning approaches, as well as agent-based travel behavior modeling and micro-simulation.

Laura Mirtich

Undergraduate Student, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Laura Mirtich is an undergraduate student in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and has been working as a student researcher for the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning since 2019. Her research interests include travel on university campuses and the use of attitudes in travel behavior modeling to better inform policies that encourage sustainable travel.

Rishabh Chauhan

Ph.D. Student, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois

Rishabh Chauhan is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member of Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) lab. His research interests include Deep Learning, Data Mining, Statistical and Econometric Modeling, Data Analytics,  Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, and Travel Demand Forecasting. Rishabh graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering in 2019 from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.


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