Community Affiliated faculty

Megan S. Ryerson

Megan S. Ryerson

University of Pennsylvania

School of Design

City and Regional Planning


Dr. Megan S. Ryerson is the UPS Chair of Transportation and an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering. She was appointed Associate Dean for Research of PennDesign in 2018. Professor Ryerson and her team design algorithms and methods to address cross-disciplinary transportation planning challenges such as the introduction of autonomous vehicles and new infrastructure design strategies for pedestrian and bicycle safety to improve accessibility and mobility. She is the Research Director of the Mobility21 Transportation Research Center, a national University Transportation Center, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She serves on the Board of Advisors of The Eno Center for Transportation, the Program Committee for the International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, two Transportation Research Board committees, and the Board of Advisors of the Los Angeles Metro Office of Extraordinary Innovation. In 2015 Professor Ryerson was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter. Professor Ryerson received a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 and a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

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