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 joining 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. Dr. Savolainen currently serves on the editorial advisory 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.

    • B.S. Civil Engineering, 2002; Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
    • M.S. Civil Engineering, 2004; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 2006; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University
    • Assistant Professor, August 2006 – August 2011
    • Associate Professor, August 2011 – August 2014
    Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University
    • Associate Professor, August 2014 – present
    • Professional Engineer Number 6201056273, State of Michigan
    • Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Fellow, ASCE, 2008 (ExCEEd)
    • ExCEEd II Fellow, ASCE, 2009
    • Best Paper, TRB Committee on Operational Effects of Geometric Design, 2012
    • Top 5 High Value Research Project, AASHTO Research Advisory Council, 2013
    • Invited Speaker: National Transportation Safety Board – Conference on Drowsy Driving, 2014
    • Daniel A. Fambro Student Paper Award, 2014 (Advisor to B.J. Russo)
    • Best Paper, TRB Safety Data Competition, 2015