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Pyrialakou, Dimitra

Portrait of V. Dimitra Pyrialakou


635 ESB

Maurice Wadsworth Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor - Civil and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 2016
Diploma in Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2011

Dr. Pyrialakou joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University as an Assistant Professor in August 2016. She received her Diploma in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 2011. In 2016, she earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

Throughout her years of study, Dr. Pyrialakou has worked on several projects involving public transportation, airport operations, and transportation planning and evaluation. Her dissertation focused on evaluating public transportation options for intercity travel in U.S. rural and small urban areas from a multimodal and people-oriented perspective. Dr. Pyrialakou’s goal for her research is to provide practice-ready, useful tools and guidance for planning and policy making.
Her current research focuses on the area of sustainable planning and evaluation of mass and rail transportation systems.

Research Interests

Transportation planning and development
Transportation equity and transport disadvantage with a focus on rural areas
Public (mass) and rail transportation systems
Sustainability and transportation energy
Travel behavior
Transportation statistics, modeling, and visualization    

Teaching Interests

Transportation Engineering
Transportation and Urban Planning
Public (Mass) Transportation and Rail Transportation
Civil Engineering-Transportation Data Analysis and Modeling

Selected Professional Societies

Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)