Cinzia CirilloCinzia Cirillo, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD), has been named interim director of the Maryland Transportation Institute, a UMD-based hub that brings together researchers from multiple fields to tackle today’s most pressing transportation challenges.

An expert on travel behavior and a strong proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, Cirillo’s work spans areas such as discrete choice analysis, advanced transportation demand modeling, large-scale model systems, value of time studies, data collection and analytics, survey design, transportation and energy, new technology vehicles, and environmental impacts. She is currently chair of graduate programs at the UMD CEE department.

“We have people working on transportation problems everywhere on campus, including in economics, statistics, computer science, the iSchool, engineering, architecture, and public health,” Cirillo said. “Because transportation intersects with so many other societal and human considerations, progress in the field increasingly requires collaboration across disciplines.”

“But bringing people together from several departments is not easy,” she added. “You need a structure to  do this, and MTI provides such a structure. It is well-positioned to advance collaboration across multiple fields.”