Professor, Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University


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Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Miller-Hooks served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the Engineering Directorate, lead Program Officer for the multi-directorate Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) 2015 and 2016 solicitations, and a cognizant program officer on CMMI’s Smart and Connected Communities (i.e. Smart Cities) initiative. She also served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. Dr. Miller-Hooks received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1997) and M.S. in Engineering (1994) degrees from the University of Texas – Austin and B.S. summa cum laude in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (1992).

Dr. Miller-Hooks’ research program has been funded by numerous agencies, including, for example, NSF, European Commission, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and various other agencies and companies. She received a NSF CAREER award, Charley Wootan Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation from the Council of UTCs, and several other national awards related to her dissertation and ongoing research, including two more recent best paper awards. Dr. Miller-Hooks has authored approximately 140 articles and reports, and over 190 conference presentations and invited lectures.


Ph.D., University of Texas

M.S. in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Civil Engineering

B.S.C.E. Lafayette College
summa cum laude in Civil Engineering


Bill & Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering
George Mason University
Aug 2016 – Present
Fairfax, Virginia

University of Maryland
University of Maryland
2003 – Aug 2016

Pennsylvania State University
Assistant professor
Pennsylvania State University
1998 – 2003

Fellowships, Prizes and Awards

  1. 2012 Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.
  2. Fred Burggraf Award in recognition of excellence in transportation research from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering (2006).
  3. 1st Young Distinguished Alumni Award for the Department of Civil Engineering at UT Austin (2003).
  4. NSF 1999 Career Award (1999)
  5. Charley Wootan Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers (1998).
  6. NSF Engineering Education Scholarship Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997).
  7. Rockwell ITS Scholarship (1996).
  8. UTCP Outstanding Student Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation (1995).
  9. Recipient of the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the FHWA for Ph.D. (1993-1996).
  10. Advanced Institute for Transportation Infrastructure Engineering and Management Fellowship (1992,1993,1996,1997).
  11. Carroll Phillips Bassett Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering (1992).
  12. Omega Rho, Operations Research Honor Society.
  13. Sigma Xi, full member.
  14. Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society.

Professional Activities: External

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

  • Past President of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, 2013
  • President of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, 2012
  • Vice President/President-Elect of the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society, 2011
  • Member of the INFORMS WORMS Award Committee, 2009
  • Member of the INFORMS Organizing Committee for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 2007-2008
  • Special Events Co-Chair for the INFORMS 2008 Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Cluster Co-Chair for the Invited Cluster on Humanitarian Logistics and Disaster Preparedness for the 2008 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 2007-2008
  • Appointed member of the Editor-In-Chief Search Committee for Transportation Science for INFORMS, 2008
  • Chair of the INFORMS Ad-Hoc Committee on Diversity, 2007-2008, appointed by the INFORMS President
  • Elected Representative to the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Subdivisions Council for 2004-2007 (served two, two-year terms)
  • Appointed Member of the INFORMS Fora/Chapters Committee 2004-2005, reappointed 2005-2007
  • Appointed Member of the INFORMS Membership & Member Services Committee, 2005- 2006
  • Elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Transportation Science and Logistics Section of INFORMS, 2004-2005. Re-elected for 2005-2006
  • Member of the INFORMS Transportation Science Section Dissertation Prize Committee, 2001
  • Appointed member of the INFORMS Prize Committee (1999-2002, two terms)
  • Past President (2000-2001), Vice President/President Elect (1999-2000), and two terms as Treasurer (1997-1999) of Women in OR/MS of INFORMS (all elected positions)

Transportation Research Board (TRB)

  • Appointed Chair of the ADB30 Transportation Network Modeling Committee( of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences (2013-2019), Committee Member (1998-2009).The committee will promote research and information exchange in transportation network modeling, an interdisciplinary field spanning Computer Science, Logistics, Mathematics, Operations Research, Telecommunications, and Transportation Science. The committee will also focus on: the understanding and modeling of the technological and behavioral factors affecting the performance of transportation systems; modeling the interactions between the infrastructure and transportation networks; and the development and use of models to evaluate the quantity and quality of transportation facilities and services. The committee will serve as a focus for the development, adaptation, and implementation of quantitative and computer-based methodologies for the above purposes. The committee will cut across traditional modal boundaries, seeking unifying conceptual and methodological frameworks, yet highlighting modal differences. As such, it will foster effective and rapid sharing of information and experiences among researchers, practitioners, regulators and decision makers.
  • Founding Co-Chair (with Brian Wolshon) of the Task Force on Emergency Evacuation(ANB80T) of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering (2012-2013).The Emergency Evacuation Committee is concerned with emergency preparedness for, and operational issues of, evacuations associated with any natural or human-made hazards. Of particular interest to the proposed Task Force are:
    • emergency traffic operations modeling and simulation;
    • traffic control and enforcement in evacuation;
    • the use of mass-transit and all other modes of transportation in evacuation;
    • issues associated with the emergency movement of special populations;
    • behavioral modeling in emergency departure and travel decision-making for evacuation;
    • planning and design of transportation infrastructure to facilitate evacuation;
    • application of intelligent transportation system (ITS) in evacuation;
    • data acquisition and forecasting of travel demand conditions for evacuation;
    • emergency fleet management and dispatching during an evacuation;
    • public policy issues;
    • relevant issues of communication and coordination in evacuation;
    • use of mass assembly areas or shelters;
    • human factors in evacuation; and
    • emergency response operations during or immediately following an evacuation.

    The Committee considers evacuations with notice and with little or no notice, as well as building, urban and regional evacuation.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Reviewing activities for agencies

  • Served on numerous review panels for agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency, and ORISE of the Department of Homeland Security, and as review of project proposals for numerous universities and international science foundations.


  • Associate Editor for Transportation Science 2006-present (reappointment through 2011)
  • Served as Guest Associate Editor for Transportation Science 2004-2005
  • Editorial Board Member for Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems 2003-present
  • Ediorial Board Member for Transportation Research Part B 2011-present

Referee for

  1. Transportation Science
  2. Operations Research
  3. Networks
  4. European Journal of Operational Research
  5. Computers and Operations Research
  6. Journal of the Operational Research Society
  7. Management Science
  8. Naval Research Logistics
  9. Transportation Research – Part B
  10. Transportation Research – Part C
  11. Transportation Research – Part E
  12. OR Letters
  13. IIE Transactions
  14. Transportation
  15. PLOS ONE
  16. Sustainability
  17. Reliability Engineering and System Safety
  18. Systems
  19. Transportmetrica
  20. Computers and Industrial Engineering
  21. Transactions on Engineering Management
  22. Transport Policy
  23. Transport Reviews
  24. Transportation Research Record
  25. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  26. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems
  27. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
  28. ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
  29. Risk Analysis
  30. Natural Hazards
  31. Fire Technology
  32. Safety Science
  33. Fire Safety Journal
  34. Earthquake Spectra
  35. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
  36. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  37. Journal of Advanced Transportation
  38. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
  39. Networks and Spatial Economics
  40. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
  41. Journal of Transportation Safety and Security
  42. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems
  43. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  44. Knowledge-Based Systems
  45. International Journal of Modelling and Simulation
  46. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
  47. Automation in Construction
  48. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  49. APMOD, an Institute of Mathematics Journal
  50. Plus numerous symposiums, international conferences and chapters in books

Selected Publications

Tang, H. and E. Miller-Hooks (2005). “A TABU Search Heuristic for the Selective Team Orienteering Problem,” Computers and Operations Research 32, 1379-1407.

Miller-Hooks, E. and B. Yang (2005). “Updating Paths in Time-Varying Networks with Arc Weight Changes,” Transportation Science 39, 451-464.

Opasanon, S. and E. Miller-Hooks (2006). “Multi-Criteria Adaptive Hyperpaths in Stochastic, Time-Varying Networks,” European Journal of Operational Research 173, 72-91.

Nair. R. and E. Miller-Hooks (2011). “Fleet Management for Vehicle Sharing Operations,” Transportation Science 45 (4), 524-540.

Erdogan, S. and E. Miller-Hooks (2012). “A Green Vehicle Routing Problem,” Transportation Research – Part E 48, 100-114.

Kuo, A. and E. Miller-Hooks (2012). “Developing Responsive Rail Services through Collaboration,” Transportation Research – Part B 46(3), 424-439.

Faturechi, R. and E. Miller-Hooks (2014). “Mathematical Framework for Quantifying and Optimizing Protective Actions for Civil Infrastructure Systems,” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Systems 29, 572-589.


Civil Infrastructure Systems Modeling, Transportation Systems Engineering, Network Algorithms, Multi-Objective Decision-Making


  • ENCE 200 Civil Engineering Computation, University of Maryland
    This course develops knowledge and skills in managing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating spatial information. Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are introduced in the context of civil and environmental engineering applications.
  • ENCE 301 Geo-Metrics and GIS in Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
    This course focuses on the development of skills in using GIS technology to solve a range of problems in civil and environmental engineering. GIS concepts will be presented with an emphasis on the linkage between a standard relationship database and the spatially-referenced database underlying the GIS. Both raster and vector data models will be presented and used in a variety of applications in civil and environmental engineering. Students will also be exposed to scripting, which aids in the development of more elaborate analyses and reinforced object oriented programming concepts studied in earlier courses.
  • ENCE 302: Probability and Statistics for Civil and Environmental Engineers, University of Maryland
    Engineers must often make decisions based on incomplete, variable or uncertain information. Modern methods of design and analysis need to account for randomness in natural, engineered, and human systems. This course provides students with the fundamental skills and concepts of probability and statistics, including managing data, modeling variability and uncertainty, communicating about data and decisions, and supporting or defending a decision or judgment based on uncertain or incomplete data.
  • CE 424: Optimization in Civil Engineering Systems, Pennsylvania State University
    This course provides students with the fundamental skills and concepts of the quantitative techniques of operations research. Techniques that will be covered include mathematical modeling, linear programming, dynamic programming, network flow programming, network optimization (shortest paths, project scheduling, minimum spanning trees), queueing systems, and decision-making. The course will focus on application of these techniques to problems arising in civil engineering systems, including transportation, water resources, project planning and structural design.
  • CE 221W: Transportation Systems Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
    This course is designed to introduce the students to the breadth of the transportation field and to some of the analytical techniques used in transportation systems engineering. In addition, this course is intended to lead to improved writing skills through several writing-intensive assignments.


  • ENCE 677 OR Models for Transportation Systems Analysis, University of Maryland
    This course provides students with the fundamental skills and concepts of the quantitative techniques of operations research. Techniques that will be covered include mathematical modeling, linear programming, integer programming, network optimization (shortest paths, minimum spanning trees, minimum cost network flows, maximum flows), heuristics, and basics of probabilistic modeling. The course will focus on the application of these techniques to problems arising in transportation.
  • ENCE 688T Transportation Network Algorithms and Implementations, University of Maryland
    This course will focus on network optimization algorithms for transportation and logistics systems. The application of these techniques to the determination of optimal routes and tours for various transportation and logistics applications will be stressed. In addition to introducing a wide variety of network-related problems and existing techniques for solving a number of these problems, one of the goals of the course is to help the class participants to develop skills in creating and evaluating new algorithms and heuristics.
  • ENCE 688W, Emergency Management in Transportation, University of Maryland
    This course addresses the many facets of emergency planning and post-disaster response from a transportation optimization perspective. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, evaluation of risk and safety; evacuation of buildings, complexes and geographic regions; contraflow and other traffic control techniques for evacuation with and without notice; emergency response districting, location, routing, scheduling, dispatching and fleet management; warning systems and other techniques for improving situational awareness; crowd behavior and pedestrian issues in emergencies; issues of emergency planning related to the disabled; role of human behavior, poverty and other issues from a social science perspective; role of the military and government and non-government organizations; and legal and moral issues. Various potential causes of disaster and their effects are considered, including natural events (e.g. tornados, hurricanes, flooding, tsunamis, earthquakes, fire, landslides and combinations thereof) and human caused events (e.g. military or terrorist attack, chemical attack, discovery of hazardous materials or biological agents). How preparedness and response decisions might differ for each of the various types of disasters and related policy implications are considered. Basic concepts of blast hardening and transportation/critical infrastructure security are discussed.
  • CE 597 Transportation Network Algorithms, Pennsylvania State University (precursor to ENCE 688T)
    This course will focus on optimization issues in numerous transportation systems applications, including fixed route transit network design, dynamic routing and scheduling for dial-a-ride, freight transportation (trucking, rail, air, port operations and intermodal issues), evacuation, emergency response and emergency repair.
  • CE597C Stochastic Models in Transportation, Pennsylvania State University
    This course will focus on the quantitative techniques of operations research for modeling and analyzing transportation systems with stochastic attributes. Many example applications in urban systems will be discussed, including fleet operations for ambulance, fire, police, emergency repair, and commercial vehicle operations, as well as hazmat transport and location. A semester-long group project will be required. The class will be working together all semester to solve a real-world problem that has been identified by the Alpha Fire Department of State College. At the end of the semester, the class will present a final report with their suggestions to the Alpha Fire Department and may be asked to give a short presentation to explain their findings. Keep in mind, the problem identified for this course project is a real problem that the Fire Department has identified as a problem they could use help in solving. Aspects of this problem will be discussed throughout all topics in this course.

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