Dr. Ipek Nese Sener is an Associate Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Her research focus lies at the intersection of social, behavioral, and data sciences and brings together the elements of mobility, safety, equity, health, and technology. Over the years, she has worked on various research studies to better understand the factors influencing individuals’ activity-travel behavior, the changing nature of transportation choices, and the related impact on and/or connection to transportation and sustainable mobility. She has a particular interest in transportation-based health research and has worked with multidisciplinary teams in exploring the link between health and transportation, and studying the health outcomes of transportation systems, the built and travel environment, and individuals’ activity-travel behavior. She is also deeply passionate about alternative and emerging modes of transportation and exploring the effect of information and communication tools on travel behavior, and how to better integrate technology-enabled mobility options in an effort to have a safe, sustainable and equitable travel environment.
Dr. Sener is a Faculty Affiliate at the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging and in the editorial board of the International Professional Association for Transport and Health (IPATH). She also serves as a Handling Editor in the editorial board of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)’s Journal of Transportation Research Record. She is an active member of TRB committees, including ‘Travel Behavior and Values’ and ‘Effects of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Travel Choices’, and currently serving as the secretary and publications co-chair of the TRB’s Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology Conference. Over the last many years, she has also worked in various roles in the leadership team of the TRB’s former Health and Transportation Subcommittee. As of May 2020, she has been appointed to the newly formed TRB’s standing committee of ‘Public Health and Transportation’ as a member and the paper review coordinator.
Dr. Sener has more than 100 publications, has presented at various national and international conferences, workshops and panels, and occasionally appears as a guest lecturer in universities.
She received her doctorate degree in Transportation Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (2010), two M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering (2005) and in Architecture (2004), and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (2002) from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
Feonix Board Member: Dr. Ipek Sener