Deep Thinking about Transportation Systems

At first glance, Amanda Stathopoulos seems a pinch out of place at Northwestern Engineering.

After all, Stathopoulos is a trained economist intrigued by human behavior. On its surface, her work appears more psychological or even sociological, touching areas like communication and public policy.

Dig deeper, though, and Stathopoulos’s work has a fitting home in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which champions a “systems thinking” approach to tackle complex problems.

In Stathopoulos’s case, the complex problem is how humans move through the world.

Stathopoulos, William Patterson Junior Professor and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, investigates transportation systems, eager to understand how people make transportation decisions as well as how innovation in the field impacts society, including its effect on quality of life, prosperity, and equity.

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