Peter T. Savolainen, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Peter Savolainen is an Associate Professor in the Iowa State University (ISU) Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joinins ISU, he developed an internationally recognized research program in traffic safety and operations at Wayne State University. During his academic career, Dr. Savolainen has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on $8.9 million (personal share of $3.5 million) worth of externally funded research through competitive grant awards from agencies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). This research has led to the publication of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals and conference proceedings. A recent Best Paper Award from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Operational Effects of Geometric Design provides evidence of the quality of this work. This paper was one of several resulting from a project that was ultimately selected as one of the five best in the country by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Further evidence of Dr. Savolainen’s standing in his field is provided by his service on the editorial boards of Accident Analysis and Prevention and Analytic Methods in Accident Research. Beyond his research activities, Dr. Savolainen is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committees on Traffic Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation (ANB20), Statistical Methods (ABJ80), and Motorcycles and Mopeds (ANF30). He currently teaches an introductory undergraduate course in transportation engineering, as well as graduate courses in highway safety and risk management, urban transportation planning, transportation economics, and statistical and econometric methods of transportation data analysis. Dr. Savolainen’s pedagogical efforts have been recognized through receipt of the WSU College of Engineering’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award and his selection as a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) and ExCEEd II programs.