S. Ilgin Guler

Job title: 
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pennsylvania State University

S. Ilgin Guler is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include multi-modal urban traffic operations and control, intelligent transportation systems, connected and autonomous vehicles and infrastructure management. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering. After completing her Ph.D., she served as a post-doctoral scholar in the Institute of Transport Systems and Planning at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Guler has been the primary author to multiple research proposals funded by institutions such as the Pennsylvania DOT, South Dakota DOT, U.S. DOT, and the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is currently serving as the Penn State PI on NCHRP 17-84: Pedestrian and Bicycle safety performance functions for the Highway Safety Manual. Dr. Guler’s research has resulted in 28 peer-refereed journal articles and over 40 refereed conference proceedings on topics that include multi-modal traffic safety, multi-modal traffic operations and multi-modal traffic control. Dr. Guler serves as the major research advisor for Ph.D., Master’s and undergraduate students. She teaches courses on Highway Engineering, Traffic Operations, Public Transportation Systems and Infrastructure Systems Management. Dr. Guler is the winner of the 2018 Fred Burggraf Award for the Best Paper in Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Dr. Guler serves as an active member of the Transportation Research Board’s Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics committee (AHB 45) and serves on the Editorial Boards of Transportation Research Part C and as an Editorial Board Editor for Transportation Research Part B.


Dissertation: Strategies for Sharing Bottleneck Capacity among Buses and Cars

Adcisor: Mike Cassidy


University of California, Berkeley

Civil and Environmental Engineering, May 2012


University of California, Berkeley

Civil and Environmental Engineering, May 2008


 Bogazici University     (Istanbul, Turkey)

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, June 2007


 Bogazici University     (Istanbul, Turkey)

Civil Engineering, June 2006

Research interests: 

Research Interests:

  • Multi-modal urban transportation
  • Public transportation
  • Transportation safety
  • Statistical modeling
  • Infrastructure management