UFTI Director

UFTI Director


Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, UFTI Director & Professor
Dr. LIly Elefteriadou, UFTI Director & Professor

Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., 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 Department of Transportation-funded Regional University Transportation Center for Region 4, also known as the (Southeast Transportation Research Innovation Development and Education, or STRIDE), which focuses on reducing congestion, and addresses research, education, tech transfer, and workforce development for transportation. Dr. Elefteriadou 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 more than two hundred publications and reports related to traffic operational quality and highway design, as well as a textbook entitled “Introduction to Traffic Flow Theory”. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Transportation Research: Part B, and is a former cChair of the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. She is also a past Ppresident of the Executive Board of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC). 

Primary Research Area 

Transportation Engineering 

Research Interests 

Traffic flow theory, traffic simulation, signal control optimization 


B.S., Surveying, and Environmental Engineering, (five yearfive-year program) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, June 1987 
M.S., Civil Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, June 1990 
Ph.D., Transportation Planning and Engineering, NYU Polytechnic University, New York, June 1994 

Awards & Distinctions 

2019 ASCE Harland Bartholomew Award 

2018 University of Florida Term Professorship Award 

2015 ASCE James Laurie Prize 

2015 ARTBA Ethel S. Birchland Lifetime Achievement Award 

2010 Best Model Development Paper Award, for the paper‚ “Driver Behavior Based Lane-Changing Model and Its Implementation in CORSIM,” Joint 

Subcommittee on Traffic Simulation, Transportation Research Board, January 2010 

Fulbright Scholar‚ “Technical University Delft, Netherlands, September,” December 2001