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Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Dr. Celeste Chavis

Interim Chair and Professor, Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies

Office: CBEIS 102A
Phone: 443-885-5061


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of California, Berkeley, 2012

M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of California, Berkeley, 2008

B.S. in Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2007

Dr. Celeste Chavis, professor, is jointly appointed in the Departments of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies and Civil Engineering at Morgan State University. She is currently serving as Interim Chair for the Department of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure studies. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (2012) and Masters (2008) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelors of Science (2007) from the Ohio State University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (since 2016) in the State of Maryland. Since joining Morgan in 2013, Dr. Chavis has been PI or co-PI in research awards totaling nearly $14 million. Her research focuses on transportation operations, safety, and performance metrics for multimodal transportation systems through an equity lens. Recent work includes topics on food access, public transit operations, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and travel behavioral modeling. Dr. Chavis is active in her local and professional community. She recently co-chaired Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s Transportation and Infrastructure Transition Committee, is Vice Chair of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance executive board, and serves on two Transportation Research Board Committees – Equity in Transportation and Bicycle Transportation.