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Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Penn State

S. Ilgin Guler is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include multi-modal urban traffic operations and control, intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles and infrastructure management. She received dual B.S. degrees from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After completing her Ph.D., she served as a post-doctoral scholar in the Institute of Transport Systems and Planning at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Guler has over 7 years of research, teaching and industry experience on traffic operations. Dr. Guler has been the primary author to multiple research proposals funded by institutions such as the Pennsylvania DOT, South Dakota DOT, Swiss National Science Foundation and Swiss Association of Road Transportation Experts. She is currently serving as the Penn State PI on NCHRP 17-84: Pedestrian and Bicycle safety performance functions for the Highway Safety Manual.
Dr. Guler’s research has resulted in 20 peer-refereed journal articles and 28 refereed conference proceedings on topics that include multi-modal traffic safety, multi-modal traffic operations and multi-modal traffic control. Dr. Guler serves as the major research advisor for Ph.D., Master’s and undergraduate students. She teaches courses on Highway Engineering, Traffic Operations, Public Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Management. Dr. Guler is the winner of the 2018 Fred Burggraf Award for the Best Paper in Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Dr. Guler serves as an active member of the Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics committee (AHB 45) and serves on the Editorial Board of Transportation Research Part C.