Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Pegasus Professor and Chair of the UCF Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, has been recognized as a highly-cited researcher in transportation safety by analytics company Clarivate.

The distinction recognizes the world’s most influential researchers – those in the top .1% – as measured by the number of papers cited over a 10-year period by the Web of Science index. This is the third year in a row Abdel-Aty has received the distinction. Clarivate’s most highly-cited researchers number fewer than 7,000, about .1%, of researchers worldwide across 21 varied fields.

“It is humbling to see that my research has made such a far-reaching contribution to transportation safety. I am truly grateful for the recognition,” Abdel-Aty says. “This accolade represents 30 years of research and dedication to make our roads safer and creating advanced technologies that make the transportation system more efficient and safe. I would like to thank my 120 current and former graduate students who have shared my dedication and passion over the years.”

Abdel-Aty has been recognized multiple times for his impactful research. places him at no. 155 in the world and no. 72 in the U.S. in the 2022 rankings of Top Engineering and Technology Scientists as determined by h-index, publications and citations values. He has also been named a World Expert in Road Safety by online healthcare database company Expertscape.

“Dr. Aty and his teams’ multi-faceted research in the transportation field continues to make an impact worldwide,” says Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Their pioneering contributions will shape the industry for years to come.”

“The recognition puts a spotlight on our department and on UCF as a world-renown institution for traffic safety, intelligent transportation systems, connected vehicles and artificial intelligence,” he says. “It is my hope that this achievement helps us attract exceptional students who will continue and build upon our success.”

Abdel-Aty received his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Alexandria University. He joined UCF in 1995.