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Brianna Lawton

Iowa State University
Phd. Candidate
Brianna Lawton is a doctoral student at Iowa State University in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department,studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation Engineering. Brianna graduated magna cum laude from Morgan State University,with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. During her undergraduate study at Morgan,she participated in various research symposiums, one being the 2017 Sustainability Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,where she presented her research titled, Life Cycle Cost Analysis Framework for Evaluating Resilient Modulus Testing Strategies Used for Characterization and Design of Sustainable Roadway Infrastructure. Her researchcompared the Standard to Modified Proctor Compaction Methods todeterminewhich would yield the most ideal sustainable pavementdesign. As an undergraduate, she also gained industry experience working for companies: HDR and First Transiton transportation related projectsthroughout the D.C. Metropolitan area as the I-95 Tollway and NASA TMPimprovementsShe recentlyworked for JACOBS Engineering, ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year on Engineering News-Record (ENR)'s 2019 Top 500 Design Firms list.As a member of the Highway and Traffic Safety team, Briannatook initiative project relatedto assessing different crash predictive methods using various analysis softwarewith aims to encourage state and localDOTsto adopt the latest innovative methods.Currently, Brianna works under the advisement of Dr. Shauna Hallmark, at the Iowa State University Institute for Transportation (InTrans), where she conducts researchthat aims to define rural intersection crash causation and methods of mitigating fatalitiesalong rural roadsby analyzing driver behavior and roadway geometry and countermeasures. Sherecently presented her research at the 2019 Mid-Continent Transportation Research Symposium. Briannaenjoys being the President of the Transportation Student Association along with networking with professionals, presenting and exploringdifferent areas oftransportationat the TransportationResearch Board annual conference in Washington, D.C.Brianna continues to expandher research experience and grow her knowledge in the field by seeking out opportunities to collaborate with her peers and professionals in multidisciplinary spaces because she believes diversity and unity are key components that will successfully advance our societywith innovation ideas

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, November 20

12:00pm AKST