Dr. Sevgi Erdoğan is a Faculty Research Associate at the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) at the University of Maryland, College Park. She earned her B.S. in Geodesy and Photogrammetry (now Geomatics) Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering, with a transportation focus, from Istanbul Technical University, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering again with specialization in transportation from the University of Maryland. She also holds an M.S. degree in Operations Research from University of Delaware.
Dr. Erdoğan researches on the interrelation between human infrastructure, socio-economic activity and the environment in her effort to guide and lead changes for a sustainable future. While her research contributions have been in the areas of transportation systems analysis, sustainable transportation and logistics, and integrated transportation, land use and environment models, perhaps, her most influential work has been the introduction of the green vehicle routing problem. Her work help pave the way for research in the field of alternative fuel vehicle (e.g. electric vehicles) fleet operations and infrastructure design. Along similar lines, she has pushed the boundaries for modeling large-scale transportation systems and for interdisciplinary research.
Dr. Erdoğan leads efforts in statewide transportation model development and applications for sustainable transportation and smart growth policy, and scenario analysis at the NCSG. Her recent research focuses on incorporating emerging transportation technologies and methods such as Autonomous and Connected vehicles (AV/CVs) and shared mobility into existing modeling frameworks. She is a member of the project team PRESTO (Prospects for Regional Sustainability Tomorrow) that created a suite of integrated mathematical models for measuring and analyzing the effects of state policies on the future of the economy, transportation system, land use patterns, and environmental quality. She conducted research as PI, Co-PI or collaborator for projects including the development of a dynamic statewide transportation model for the state of Maryland, developing local methods for modeling, economic evaluation, justification and use of the value of travel time reliability in transportation decision making, and Maryland Scenarios Project. She also has worked on such subjects as modeling large-scale urban transportation networks, developing a method for estimating dynamic subarea trip demand for analysis of various emission and congestion reduction strategies, and behavioral analysis of alternative transportation modes such as vanpooling and bicycling.
Dr. Erdoğan co-teaches the Seminar in Research Design course (URSP805) with Dr. Gerrit Knaap and provides instructional and mentorship support to Urban Planning and Civil Engineering students and visiting scholars. Her research was presented at several conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. She serves as an editorial advisory board member of the Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review (2015-2017) and as referee for over ten academic journals. She was the recipient of the 2007 WTS (Women in Transportation Seminar) DC Chapter Doctoral Student Scholarship.