Faculty News

Dr. Behzad Aghdashi

Dr. Behzad Aghdashi is the newly appointed Director of the McTrans Center. Dr. Aghdashi previously worked as the Driver and Transportation Analytics Lab (DaTA Lab) manager at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Aghdashi, a certified project manager (PMP), also served as an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at NCSU.

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Student Spotlight

Leonida Kibet

Doctoral student Leonida Kibet’s interest in transportation grew as she worked on her bachelor’s degree in Kenya. She notes that over the last decade Kenya has experienced massive growth in the transportation sector which has ultimately been marked by technological challenges. So, what brought Leonida to the University of Florida? It was UF’s reputation for having a great civil engineering department with meaningful connections to the transportation industry and organizations. In her studies, Leonida finds herself most interested in connected and autonomous vehicles.

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou

UFTI Alumna Dr. Kontou is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the start of her academic career, Dr. Kontou was driven by her fascination with the potential for engineers to improve the efficiency of transportation systems.

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Faculty News

Dr. Behzad Aghdashi

Dr. Behzad Aghdashi is the newly appointed Director of the McTrans Center. Dr. Aghdashi previously worked as the Driver and Transportation Analytics Lab (DaTA Lab) manager at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Aghdashi, a certified project manager (PMP), also served as an adjunct assistant professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at NCSU.

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USDOT-Funded University Transportation Centers Won (2007, 2012, 2016)

134

Affiliated Faculty and Staff at UF

$8.45M

in Research Dollars Awarded to the UFTI (FY2019)

1789

Annual Professional Course Participants