PhD, University of Iowa, 2009
My research interests are centered on understanding and modeling driver behavior and performance under different driving scenarios, an area of great interest to federal (e.g., USDOT), local (e.g., state transportation departments), and private (e.g., automobile manufacturers) funding agencies. Based on this focus, I have, as part of my dissertation, examined individual differences at intersection negotiation in both on-road and driving simulator studies using complex statistical methods such as mixed-linear models. The research provides insights into driver cognitive differences. My current work at UMTRI focuses on modeling driver behavior when interacting with complex systems for a wide range of human factors issues; from safety impact evaluation of different in-vehicle safety systems to crash data analysis through collaboration with different groups within UMTRI. I have extensive background in cognitive human factors, statistics and transportation safety. I am very proficient at statistical analysis and data mining of huge data sets using SAS, SQL and etc. My research has enabled me to become proficient in writing proposals for funding and strong research abilities including synthesizing literature related to individual driver differences, setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and publishing and presenting the results to sponsors and at local and national conferences.