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Carole Voulgaris joined the department in January 2018 as an assistant professor in transportation engineering. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University.
She worked as a transportation engineer for three years after graduating. She then received an MBA from Notre Dame in 2012. She went back to school to pursue a doctorate in urban planning at UCLA and graduated in June 2017. Voulgaris was named “Outstanding Student of the Year” at the 2018 annual Transportation Research Board conference for her work at METRANS during her doctoral studies.
As an assistant professor, Voulgaris’ focus is on public transportation, intelligent transportation systems, sustainable mobility and transportation planning. She hopes to create opportunities for interdisciplinary work with other engineering majors and hands-on experiences for students.
"Engineers can’t work in a vacuum and need opportunities to work on real projects to gain experience working with external factors that happen in real life," said Carole.