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Iowa State Student Dimitrios Bilionis Researching Highway Safety

by Aaron Mack

Bilionis's research has the potential to impact highway safety.

Dimitrios Bilionis is an Iowa State University graduate student pursuing a career in transportation engineering. His research is currently focused on transportation and statistics, with an emphasis on highway safety.

Throughout his academic career, Bilionis has demonstrated a stellar work ethic and an inherent aptitude for mathematics and statistics, which he says contributed in part to his decision to study the application of statistical and econometric methods in transportation research. Bilionis says his desire to pursue a career in transportation engineering began when he was a student in his home country, Greece.

“Coming from a small village in a rural area, the idea of designing efficient transportation systems which ensure the continuous and convenient mobility of people and goods has been very appealing to me,” he said. “Thus, I decided to follow the career of a transportation engineer.”

Bilionis is passionate about applying his talents toward improving the safety and efficiency of the highway system and the transportation network as a whole.

“I hold the opinion that a transportation system cannot meet its purpose if its design and operation do not ensure the safety of its users,” he said. “Besides, we should not ignore that everyone needs his or her beloved people back to home safe every night.”

Bilionis has several published conference proceedings, and he recently placed 2nd in the ITE Midwestern District Student Poster Competition. His thesis, which studies the impacts of weather conditions on crash severity, has the potential to significantly impact state agency maintenance and operations policies on different roadway types under adverse weather conditions.

Bilionis expects to graduate in May 2013 with a Master's of Science in civil engineering and a minor in statistics.