human factors engineer, lighting scientist, & Science Communicator
I am a seasoned research scientist with over 10 years of experience managing large-scale research projects and partnering with diverse cross-functional teams. Recognized for evangelizing research findings to develop specifications and standards that improve traffic safety. Professional focal points include project management, research, technical writing, team collaboration, and leadership.
Currently, I am a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Infrastructure-Based Safety Systems at Virginia Technical Transportation Institute. I guide and manage the design, execution, analysis, and communicating the results of human factors research projects focused on understanding and improving road user behavior. Additionally, I liaise with senior management, stakeholders, and cross-functional teams to ensure the organization’s operational support structure drives it forward.
Virginia Tech Transportation institute, Senior Research Associate
July 2016 - Present
Direct and oversee design, management, execution, analysis, write-up, and presentation of human factors research projects focused on understanding and improving road users’ behavior and thus promoting traffic safety.
Function as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, and Project Manager for several large-scale transportation safety, human factors, usability studies totaling over $1.5M in research funding sponsored by federal, state, and private organizations.
Craft strategy and vision for accomplishing project goals by working with researchers from diverse areas.
Establish a virtual reality lab to evaluate safety in-built environment and understand perceptual differences between real and virtual environments.
Guide development of national and international specifications and standards that increase safety, and perceptions of comfort and security for all road users.
Oversee researchers and staff (10+).
Acquired expertise in data collection and reduction; statistical analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.
Authored numerous scientific publications, technical reports, and presented at conferences and professional organizations shown in the following sections.
Virginia Tech Transportation institute, Research Associate
August 2013 - July 2016
Conducted human factors research focused on evaluation of infrastructure-based safety systems to understand and improve road user behavior.
Acted as Project Manager for several large-scale human factors research studies.
Developed statistical data analysis on parametric data collected from instrumented vehicles.
Virginia Tech Transportation institute, Graduate Research Assistant
February 2007 - August 2013
Administered human factors research focused on understanding driver behavior under different lighting conditions and the evaluation of infrastructure-based safety systems.
Led experimental studies; performed data analysis; wrote reports and presented research findings at conferences.
Created data reduction tool for recording eye glance data and lighting data.
Examined factors affecting red light running violations at signalized intersections.
Contributed to development and evaluation of advanced vehicle systems for large-scale collaboration between government and private agencies.
Aided in development of a threat assessment algorithm to predict violations at intersections.
Microsoft Office Suite, MATLAB, SAS, Jmp, Minitab, R, LaTex, Tableau, ArcGIS and SQL.
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
PH.D., INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, HUMAN FACTORS & ERGONOMICS
Graduated December 2015
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
M.S., INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, HUMAN FACTORS & ERGONOMICS
Graduated December 2008
jAWAHARLAL NEHRU TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, INDIA
B.TECH., MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Graduated April 2006
Young professional scholarship, illuminating engineering society, 2014
Emerging Professional sponsorship, illuminating engineering society, 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Elected Representative for Research Faculty on Virginia Tech’s Commission on Research, 2018 - Present
Member, Standing Committee on Visibility, Transportation Research Board, 2017 - Present
Member, Roadway Lighting Committee, Dark Adapted Glare Committee, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2017 - Present
President, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - Virginia Tech Student Chapter, 2010-11.
President, Cricket Club of Virginia Tech - Department of Recreational Sports, Virginia Tech, 2010-11
Transportation Research Record (February, 2019). Effect of Intersection Lighting Design on Drivers’ Perceived Visibility and Glare.
Transportation Research Record (July, 2018). Effects of Mounting Height, Offset Distance, and Number of Light Towers on Drivers’ Visual Performance and Discomfort Glare in Work Zones.
Leukos (May, 2017). Effects of intersection lighting design on nighttime visual performance of drivers.
Transportation Research Record (January, 2017). Effect of Work Zone Lighting on Drivers’ Visual Performance and Perceptions of Glare.
Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting (January, 2019). Effect of Intersection Lighting Design on Drivers’ Perceived Visibility and Glare.
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting (September, 2018). The Reality of Virtual Reality: A Comparison of Pedestrian Behavior in Real and Virtual Environments.
IES Street and Area Lighting Conference (October, 2018). Lighting for Parking Facilities.
Active Living Research Conference 2018 (February, 2018). Exploring the Relationship Between Street Lighting Levels and Physical Activity After Dark: Results of a Pilot Study.
Invited Technical Reviewer - Journals
Lighting Research and Technology
Leukos - The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Journal of Construction Engineering
Frontiers in Psychology
Accident Analysis and Prevention
The Open Transportation Journal
SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles
Invited Technical Reviewer - Conferences
Transportation Research Board
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Society of Automobile Engineers World Congress and Exhibition
Usability Professionals Association Annual Meeting