University of Central Florida Trustee Chair Earns ASCE Honor

June 1, 2018


Mohamed A. Abdel-Aty, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, a trustee chair at the University of Central Florida as well as a Pegasus Professor and chair of the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department at the university, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

His main expertise and interests are in traffic safety analysis, active traffic management, simulation, big data and data analytics, and ITS. He is a leading traffic safety expert at both the national and international levels, and well recognized for his work and research in real-time safety, integrating road safety and transportation planning, and ITS safety applications. Recently he and his team have been working on Connected Vehicles, Active Traffic Management, and improvement and implementation of the Highway Safety Manual in Florida.

During the last 22 years, Abdel-Aty has managed more than 55 research projects, published more than 500 papers, about 260 of them in journals (Citations 11,000, H-Index 55), and supervised to graduation 66 Ph.D. and M.S. students. He and his students have won nine best paper awards from ASCE, TRB, and WCTR. The latest, “Safety Performance of Combinations of Traffic and Roadway Cross-Sectional Design Elements at Straight and Curved Segments. Part A: Systems,” received the 2017 best paper award from ASCE’s Journal of Transportation Engineering.

Abdel-Aty leads the Future City initiative at UCF. He also supports the ASCE student chapter, who have been performing notably well in the Southeast Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions. UFC’s CECE department will host the 2020 ASCE Southeastern student conference.

Abdel-Aty is the editor-in-chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention, the premier journal in the area of safety. He is on the editorial boards of the ITS Journal and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. In addition to membership in ASCE, he serves on multiple TRB Committees, including Safety Data, Analysis & Evaluation, Safety Performance, and User Information Systems.

At UFC, he was selected in 2003 as Distinguished Researcher, and in 2007 as Outstanding Graduate Teacher. He has received multiple research awards from the College of Engineering & Computer Science, among them the Dean’s Advisory Board award. He has been invited to deliver many keynote speeches at conferences around the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, Korea, Turkey, KSA, Jordan, Qatar, and UAE. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida.

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