Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Rahim Chosen to Lead UI’s National Institute For Advanced Transportation Technology News Release uri icon



  • The University of Idaho College of Engineering announced today the selection of civil engineering professor Ahmed Abdel-Rahim as the permanent director of the National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT). Abdel-Rahim has been serving as interim director since the spring and has been an active NIATT researcher since 2000.

    “Ahmed brings a rare combination of excellent research credentials and discerning leadership skills to the NIATT directorship,” said Jon Van Gerpen, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. “I have been impressed with his problem-solving skills and willingness to collaborate.” 

    Abdel-Rahim’s research focuses on traffic operation and controls, transportation systems, modeling,highway design and traffic safety, and, most recently, security and survivability of transportation infrastructure. 

    Since 2009, Abdel-Rahim has been a part of 25 externally funded research projects totaling over $2 million in awards, 18 of which he has led as principle investigator. Abdel-Rahim’s research has been funded by a wide range of organizations including the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Federal Highway Administration, Idaho Transportation Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    In addition to his role as NIATT director, Abdel- Rahim also serves as the director for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation for Livability by Integrating Vehicles and the Environment, or TranLIVE, a $6.8-million university research consortium led by the University of Idaho which includes partners such as Old Dominion University, Syracuse University, Texas Southern University and Virginia Tech University.

    Abdel-Rahim is also the recipient of the College of Engineering’s outstanding faculty award in 2010 and the University of Idaho’s midcareer award in 2012.

    Abdel-Rahim also coordinated a recent visit to UI by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, underscoring that NIATT has made the campus a focal point for developing, implementing and deploying 21st-century transportation solutions not only for the state and region, but for the nation.

    “Ahmed is a proven leader and mentor,” said College of Engineering Dean Larry Stauffer. “As interim director he has provided terrific leadership, and I expect this to continue now that he is the permanent director, continuing to develop the college’s reputation for excellence in transportation research and education.”

publication date

  • October 21, 2014