Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.


Research Areas:

  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Highway Capacity Analysis
  • Traffic Simulation
  • Signal Control
  • Travel Time Reliability


Dr. Elefteriadou is the Director of the UF Transportation Institute (UFTI) and the Barbara Goldsby Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focus is traffic operations, traffic flow theory and simulation. She is the principal investigator of the US DOT-funded Regional University Transportation Center for Region 4 (Southeast Transportation Research Innovation Development and Education, or STRIDE). STRIDE involves nine other universities in the southeast and is funded with approximately $14 Million from the US DOT plus an equal amount of cost sharing from non-federal sources (period of performance is January 2016 to January 2021). STRIDE focuses on congestion mitigation. She has served as the principal investigator for several other federal and state projects, funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Highway Administration, PennDOT and FDOT. She has authored or co-authored nearly two hundred publications and reports related to traffic operational quality and highway design, as well as a textbook titled “Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory”. Dr. Elefteriadou serves on the Editorial Board of the Transportation Research: Part B, and is the Past Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. She is also a Past Chair of the Executive Board of the Council of University Transportation Centers and was the 2014-2015 President of the ARTBA Research and Education Council.


Ph.D., Transportation Planning and Engineering, Polytechnic University of NYU, New York, June 1994, Dissertation: A Probabilistic Model of Breakdown at Freeway-Merge Junctions

M.S., Civil Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, June 1990, Thesis: Development and Application of a Methodology for Evaluating Traffic Congestion at School Locations

Graduate Diploma, Surveying, and Environmental Engineering, (five year program) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, June 1987, Thesis: Development of Speed-Flow Relationships for Suburban Highways

Employment History

Director, UF Transportation Institute (UFTI), and Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida (since July 2013)
Interim Department Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department, University of Florida (August 2016 – June 2018)
Director, Transportation Research Center (TRC), and Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida (June 2008 – July 2013)
Director, Transportation Research Center (TRC), and Associate Professor, Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida (July 2004 – May 2008)
Interim Director, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (PTI), Penn State University (August 2003 -June 2004)
Associate Director, PTI, Penn State University (July 2002 – August 2003)
Associate Professor (July 2000-June 2004), and Assistant Professor (Aug. 1994 – June 2000), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, PSU; Research Associate, PTI (Aug. 1994 -June 2001)
Transportation Engineer, Garmen Associates, Montville, New Jersey (Sept. 1993 – Aug. 1994)

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