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Dr. Behzad Karimi is a Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. His research areas of interest are on travel behavior analysis, travel demand modeling, survey design, traffic safety, discrete choice analysis, and econometric modeling. His studies, in recent years, are on Florida’s Comprehensive Motorcycle Safety Study (2015-17), Metropolitan Freight Transportation: Implementing Effective Strategies (NCHRP Project 08-106, 2016-17), MPO Staffing and Organizational Structure (FHWA/FTA, 2016-17), Analysis of Seniors’ Travel Behavior (2013) and Illinois High-Speed Rail Ridership Estimation (2012). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. His paper on Traffic Safety earned the Best Student Paper Award at the 2014 TRB’s Data Contest. His most recent publication is a contributory chapter in the book: Contemporary Issues in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.



Ph. D., Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015

M.S., Civil Engineering (Transportation), Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2006

B.S., Civil Engineering, Azad University, Mashhad, Iran, 2004



Research Associate 2015 – Present
Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Graduate Research Assistant 2010 – 2015
Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Traffic Engineer 2006 – 2010
R.T.A. Traffic Engineering Consulting Co., Tehran, Iran