MATS UTC Welcomes New Managing Director

Lindsay Ivey Burden, PhD, an active contributor to MATS UTC since its inception, is stepping into the role of managing director of the center.

Together with Brian Smith, director of MATS UTC, and leaders representing each of the consortium universities, Ivey Burden will promote MATS UTC initiatives addressing some of the most urgent sustainability issues faced by the transportation industry. These are activities focused on freight movement, coastal infrastructure resiliency, energy efficient urban transportation, water quality management and land-use practice.

“Our former managing director, Dr. Emily Parkany, did an outstanding job to enable us to establish a strong and vibrant center. We are fortunate to bring in someone with Dr. Ivey Burden’s depth of experience in research, education and training, and outreach, as we seek to take on new challenges in the coming year,” states Brian Smith.

With research interests in geotechnical engineering, foundations engineering and geophysical testing techniques among others, Ivey Burden is well–positioned to support the multi-disciplinary interests of faculty and students across Region 3. In particular, her expertise in resiliency assessments for transportation infrastructure has broad implications for environmental sustainability and provides her with an expansive vision for transportation research, education and workforce development.

Working with colleague, Nii Attoh-Okine, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware, and UVA graduate student, Lizzie Engel, the team presented Use of Graph Theory to Quantify Resilience in Multimodal Transportation Systems at the 2016 MATS UTC Annual Meeting in Charlottesville in August. The presentation supports the team’s MATS UTC-funded project to develop a multimodal transportation facility resilience index. Engel presented a poster on the subject at the 2015 TRB International Conference for Sustainability in Transportation. It was the only MATS UTC project selected for the conference that year.

As part of her new role, Ivey-Burden will be directing the MATS UTC undergraduate summer research internship program. Hosted by universities within the MATS UTC consortium, the program offers students the opportunity to work on active research projects with wide-ranging transportation implications. Applications will be accepted in the spring.

“I am excited to expand my role with MATS UTC and to work with faculty and students across the consortium,” Ivey Burden said. “MATS UTC has had many collaborative successes bringing new approaches and technologies to the field, and bringing resources and new knowledge to transportation professionals all over the region. I’m looking forward to building on the momentum.”

Ivey Burden received a BS and ME in civil engineering from the University of Louisville and earned her PhD in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at UVA and is involved in the ASCE GeoInstitute, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). She is an NSF ENHANCE Fellow.

Ivey Burden may be contacted at