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Iman Mahdinia

Senator


Research

Research Interests

▪ Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

▪ Transportation sustainability

▪ Intelligent Transportation Systems

▪ Transportation Safety

▪ Sustainable Energy Source in Transportation

▪ Electrical Vehicles

▪ Transportation Planning

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UTK, Professor Asad. J. Khattak, 2018 – Current:

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) investment and smart infrastructure in Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  • Big data generated by CAV for safety monitoring, assessment, and improvement, Southeastern Transportation Center.
  • Right-of-Way appraisal damages study, Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  • Developing localized Tennessee specific safety performance function and calibratio factors, Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  • Calibration of the AASHTOWare Safety Analyst software to be used in Tennessee to improve traffic safety, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology-Tehran Polytechnic, Professor Meeghat Habibian, 2012 – 2015:

  • Developing a Method to Evaluate Transportation Sustainability and Evaluate the Transportation System Performance Based on Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Efficacy, Case Study: U.S. States.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Urban Transportation Planning, Department of Urban Planning, Islamic Azad University at Mashhad, Iran (2015-2017).

  • Lecturer, Fundamentals of Urban Transportation Design, Department of Urban Planning, Islamic Azad University at Mashhad, Iran (2016-2017).

  • Lecturer, Urban Transportation Planning, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Khayyam University, Mashhad, Iran (2016-2017).

  • Lecturer, Urban Studio: Urban Transportation Network Design, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Khayyam University, Mashhad, Iran (Spring 2017).

  • Lecturer, Statics, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Khayyam University, Mashhad, Iran (Fall 2015).

  • Lecturer, Workshop of Transportation Master Plan, Department of Transportation Engineering, University of Applied Science and Technology, Mashhad, Iran (2015-2016).

  • Lecturer, Traffic Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic Azad University at Fariman, Iran (2015-2016).

  • Lecturer, Railway Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic Azad University at Fariman, Iran (2015-2016).

  • ▪  Teaching Assistant, Intelligent Transportation System, Professor Asad J. Khattak, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. (Fall 2020).

 


Education

  • Ph.D. (2018 – Present) Transportation Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S., GPA 3.98.

  • M.Sc. (2018 – Present) Statistics, Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S., GPA 4.0.

  • M.Sc. (2012 – 2015) Transportation Planning and Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology-Tehran Polytechnic, Tehran, Iran.

  • B.Sc. (2007 – 2012) Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Islamic Azad University at Mashhad, Iran.


Professional Service

Supervisor of the transportation department at Shahr-e-Zibay-e-Khavaran Consulting Engineering Company, Mashhad, Iran. (2015-2017).


Awards and Recognitions

  • 3rd Place in the Tennessee Section ITE’s Annual Student Paper Competition Honor Date

    2020. Tennessee, U.S.

  • Selected one of 50 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars, Lifesavers Conference - Traffic Safety Scholar Program (2020 and 2021).

  • Graduate Student Senate Professional Development Travel Award: GSS 2019, January 13–17.

  • Graduate Student Senate Travel Award: GSS 2020, January 12–16.

  • Graduate Assistantship: Ph.D. program in Transportation Engineering at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. (2018-2021).

Publications

Pre-Reviewed

  • Mahdinia, I., Habibian, M., Hatamzadeh, & Y. Gudmundsson, H., (2018) An Indicator-Based Algorithm to Measure Transportation Sustainability, a Case Study of the U.S. States. Journal of Ecological Indicators, 89C (2018) pp. 738-754.

  • Mahdinia, I., Arvin, R., Khattak, A. J., & Ghiasi, A. (2020). Safety, Energy, and Emissions Impacts of Adaptive Cruise Control and Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control. Transportation Research Record, 0361198120918572.
  • Mahdinia, I., Habibian, M., & Shirazian, G. R. (2017). An Index-based Method to Evaluate the Economic Term of Sustainable Transportation. Journal of Transportation Research, 14(4), 19-31.
  • Mahdinia, I., Mohammadnazar, A., Arvin, R., & Khattak, A. J. (2021). Integration of Automated Vehicles in Mixed Traffic: Evaluating Changes in Performance of Following Human-Driven Vehicles. Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention.
  • Mahdinia, I., Mohammadnazar, A., & Khattak, A. J. (2021). Understanding the Role of Faster Emergency Medical Service Response in Survival Time of Pedestrians in Fatal Crashes. Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention (Under Review).
  • Mohhamadnazar, A., Mahdinia, I., Ahmen, & N., Khattak, A. J. (2021). Understanding How Relationships Between Crash Frequency and Correlates Vary for Multilane Rural Highways: Estimating Geographically and Temporally Weighted Regression Models. Journal of Accident Analysis and Prevention (Under Review).

Non-peer-Reviewed

  • Mahdinia, I., Mohhamadnazar, A., & Khattak, A. J. (2021). Evaluating Pedestrian Time-to-death in Fatal Pedestrian Crashes: Application of Explainable Machine Learning Using SHAP Technique. Presented at 100th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Mohammadnazar, A., Mahdinia, I., Arvin, R., & Khattak, A. J. (2021). Exploring the Effects of Physical Condition and Driving Errors of At-fault Drivers on Injury Severity of Large Truck Angle Crashes. Presented at 100th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Mahdinia, I., Arvin, R., Khattak, A. J., & Ghiasi, A. (2020). Performance Evaluation of Field-Test Vehicles Platooning: Application of Adaptive Cruise Control and Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control. Presented at 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Mahdinia, I., Mohammadnazar, A., & Khattak, A. J. (2020). Integration of Automated Vehicles in Mixed Traffic: Evaluating Changes in Operational Performance of Following Vehicles. Presented at 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Mohammadnazar, A., Ahmed, N., Mahdinia, I., & Khattak, A. J. (2020). Application of Geographically and Temporally Weighted Regression Models for Estimating Safety Performance Functions of Multilane Rural Highways in Tennessee. Presented at 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Mahdinia, I., & Habibian, M. (2017). Evaluating the transportation system performance based on efficiency, effectiveness, and efficacy: a case study of the US states. Presented at 96th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., No. 17-06578.
  • Khattak, A., Ahmad, N., Mohammadnazar, A., MahdiNia, I., Wali, B., & Arvin, R. (2020). Highway Safety Manual Safety Performance Functions & Roadway Calibration Factors: Roadway Segments Phase 2, Part 1. Technical Report, Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Leadership/Membership

  • UTK Institution of Transportation Engineering, ITE Student Chapter Vice President (2020-2021)
    Active member (2018-Current)

  • Advancing Woman in Transportation (WTS) Organization at UTK Vice President (2020-2021)
    Secretary (2019-2020)
    Active member (2019-Current)

  • Iranian Student Association (ISA) at UTK President (2019-2020)
    Vice President (2020-2021)
    Active member (2018-Current)

  • UTK Graduate Student Senate Member (2020-2021)

Skills and Qualifications

Scientific Skills:
▪ Expert in Data Science
▪ Expert in Advanced Machine Learning Techniques

Computer and Technical Software Skills:
▪ Expert in R Programming Language.
▪ Expert in Phyton Programming Language.
▪ Expert in Statistical Software, STATA, SAS, SPSS, Nlogit.
▪ Expert in Transcad Transportation Planning Software.
▪ Expert in AASHTOWare Safety Analyst Software.
▪ Expert in QDA Mining and WordStat Text Mining Software.
▪ Expert in Traffic Simulation Software, TransModeler, VISSIM, Aimsun, FREQ. ▪ Familiar with MATLAB.
▪ Skillful in Linux and Windows operating systems.
▪ Skillful in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.


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