Megan S. Ryerson, PhD
Senior Fellow

Dr. Ryerson is the UPS Chair of Transportation and an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention.


Megan S. Ryerson, PhD is the UPS Chair of Transportation and an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She was appointed Associate Dean for Research of PennDesign in 2018 and is the Research Director of the Mobility21 Transportation Research Center, a national University Transportation Center (UTC) with partner research sites at Penn, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Ohio State University. Through Mobility21, supported by a five-year transportation research grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dr. Ryerson and her team are committed to examining cross-disciplinary problems such as autonomous vehicles, intercity transportation planning, and pedestrian and bicycle safety to improve accessibility and mobility for specific populations.

Dr. Ryerson is currently partnering with members of CIRP research team to explore transportation access and transportation demand to medical facilities for the elderly and those living with disabilities.

Dr. Ryerson’s major contributions are in the field of transportation infrastructure planning and demand forecasting. Her work has investigated how airports compete for air service across megaregions, how airlines can reconfigure their disaster planning to achieve more resilient outcomes, and how flights can be planned more proactive to reduce fuel consumption. Overall, her work supports the design of transportation systems that are safe, efficient, and resilient. Dr. Ryerson is also focused on expanding the pedagogical reach of urban planning, and focusing on bringing megaregional and intercity transportation more squarely into the field of city and regional planning.

In early 2019, Dr. Ryerson testified to Philadelphia City Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities about the role of electric scooters in safe mobility as the City assesses a bill to legalize scooters on city streets.

BS, University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Science (Systems Engineering), 2003

MS, University of California (Civil and Environmental Engineering), 2006

PhD, University of California (Transportation Engineering), 2010

Senior Fellow, Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

UPS Chair of Transportation

Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Associate Dean, Research of PennDesign

Research Director, Mobility21 Transportation Research Center

Governor-appointed Member, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Aviation Advisory Committee

Member, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation State Transportation Innovation Council

Member, Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation

Member, Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter

Woman of the Year Award, Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Philadelphia Chapter, 2015

Article in the Journal of the American Planning Association was listed as #2 in the list of “Top Downloaded” Articles for the volume, 2015

Faculty Research Recognition Award, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013

Certificate of Appreciation, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, 2012

Best Paper Award in Prospective Studies and Economics, 4th International Conference on Research in Air Transportation, 2012

Best Paper Award in Finance and Policy, 8th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management R&D Seminar, 2009

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

Ryerson MS, Long CS, Scudder K, Winston FK. Safety at the Edge: A Safety Framework to Identify Edge Conditions in the Future Transportation System with Highly Automated Vehicles. Inj. Prev. 2019.

Ryerson MS, Miller JE, Winston FK. Edge Conditions and Crash-Avoidance Roles: The Future of Traffic Safety in the World of Autonomous Vehicles. Inj. Prev. 2019.

Nahlik MJ, Chester MV, Ryerson MS, Fraser AM. Spatial Differences and Costs of Emissions at U.S. Airport Hubs. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016;50(8):4149-58.

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania, G17 Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street Philadelphia PA, 19104