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On Saturday, January 8, Neda Masoud, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan received the Cambridge Systematics New Faculty Award at the Council of University Transportation Center’s (CUTC) annual award banquet in Washington, D.C.

The Cambridge Systematics (CS) New Faculty Award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member in transportation education. The $2000 award recognizes outstanding teaching and research contributions to the transportation field.


A panel from CUTC selects the winner in a competitive process. Dr. Masoud has an impressive track record of transportation research contributions. Her research interests are centered around applications of operations research, with focus on surface transportation, including multimodal, ridesharing, matching, connected and autonomous vehicles and cybersecurity. A dedicated mentor to her students, Dr. Masoud is also a pioneer of research at the intersection of the sharing economy and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. She currently leads a research group at the University of Michigan to investigate the impacts and identify the benefits and challenges of integrating these technologies into current mobility systems.

Dr. Masoud has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor with the University of Michigan’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering at Sharif University of Technology, her Master of Science degree in physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and her Ph.D. degree in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California Irvine.

Congratulations, Dr. Masoud!