Eren Erman Ozguven
Associate Professor
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Eren Erman Ozguven, Associate Professor and Director of Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response (RIDER) Center

RIDER Center
2035 E Paul Dirac Drive, Suite 207
Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering
Tallahassee, FL, 32310, USA
Tel: 1 (850) 410-6146


Mohammadreza Koloushani, Ph.D. Student


Jieya Yang, Ph.D. Student


Richard Antwi, Ph.D. Student


Samuel Takyi, Ph.D. Student


Sakina Amankwah, M.Sc. Student


Razieh Khayamim, Ph.D. Student


Mehmet Burak Kaya, Ph.D. Student


Annie Alex, M.Eng. Student



Onur Alisan, Postdoctoral Research Associate



Alican Karaer, Ph.D. (ITERIS)

Research Topic: Traffic Data On-the-fly: Image-based Big Data Analytics for Resilient and Connected Communities

Mahyar Ghorbanzadeh, Ph.D. (HNTB)

Research Topic: Accessibility-based Assessment and Modeling of Evacuations and Sheltering for Hurricanes and Pandemics

Lalitha Madhavi Konila Sriram, Ph.D. (Ford)

Research Topic: Causality Theory and Advanced Machine Learning in Power Systems Applications

Mingyang Chen, Ph.D. (Harbin Institute of Technology) 

Research Topic: Remote Sensing Application to Assess Resilience in Coastal Communities

Simone Burns, M. Sc. (Kimley-Horn)

Research Topic: Assessing the Vulnerability of Florida Panhandle Communities Impacted by Hurricane Michael  using Geographic Information Systems

Weichen Li, M. Sc.

Research Topic: A Comparative Analysis of Ridesharing: City of Chicago

Hasan Huseyin Karabag, M. Sc. (General Electric)

Research Topic: The Impact of Vehicle Modal Activity and Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) on Exhaust Emissions through the Integration of VISSIM and MOVES

Mehmet Baran Ulak, Ph.D. (University of Twente)

Research Topic: Geographical Information Systems-based Spatial and Statistical Investigation to Enhance Transportation Safety for the Aging Population

Ayberk Kocatepe, Ph.D. (Kimley-Horn)

Research Topic: Evacuating and Sheltering Aging Populations: A GIS- and Optimization-based Methodology

Ryan McDugle, M. Sc. (Messam Construction)

Research Topic: The Effects of Residential Structural Integrity on Evacuation Orders due to Tropical Storm Events

Aschkan Omidvar, M. Sc. (Delta)

Research Topic: An Aging Driver-focused Highway Crash Frequency and Severity Analysis in Florida

Hidayet Ozel, M. Sc. (BCEGI USA)

Research Topic: Aging Population-focused Transportation Accessibility Assessment of Critical Facilities in Florida

Sai Saylesh Vemulapalli, M. Sc. (C. A. Murren & Sons)

Research Topic: GIS-based Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Aging-involved Accidents in Florida


Resilient Infrastructure and Disaster Response (RIDER) Center is established

New RIDER Center will serve as a technology hub for resilience and disaster research. The center aims to establish and develop emergency plans that fit the needs of both urban and rural communities.

New National Science Foundation Project: SCC-CIVIC: Rural Resiliency Hubs

The goal of this project is to study and evaluate the role of rural libraries as resiliency hubs with a focus on the interactions between community actors, population needs, environment, information, and infrastructure to foster disaster resilience in communities.

New National Science Foundation Project: Excellence in Research: Bending the Curve for Vulnerable Populations

This project takes a community-engaged, multi-disciplinary approach to address the pressing research problems for concurrently occuring hurricanes and pandemics, with a focus on the challenges facing vulnerable populations.

National Science Foundation Project: Cope-RCN: Resilient Rural Infrastructure 

The objective of this project is to explore how to achieve adaptive capacity and resilience for Gulf coastal communities, which has the potential to extend to other rural communities in the U.S., and to foster a new understanding of the complex interactions among the key elements of community resilience in  rural coastline areas.

Article in the Conversation: How Rural Areas Like Florida's Panhandle Can Become More Hurricane-ready?

It is extremely challenging to prepare for very fast Category 5 hurricanes like Hurricane Michael. But proactive planning and community-level decision making can ensure that no one is left without assistance.

National Science Foundation Project: Excellence in Research: Integrated Hazard and Traffic Modeling for Massive Evacuation in Florida under Uncertainty of Hurricane Track

This project integrates coastal hazard modeling with comprehensive evacuation modeling while considering the uncertainty of hurricane track. With the integration of these models and the capability to examine the interdependencies of the critical infrastructure, better dynamic evacuation models can be produced.

National Science Foundation Project: SCC-RCN: One Bridge at a Time: Bridging the Digital Divide for the Well-Being of Aging Populations in Smart and Connected Communities

The objective of this project is to develop a collaborative, multidisciplinary research platform and to study the relationship between Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) and the built environment (e.g., varying urban densities and demographics), centered on creating S&CC that incorporate the aging population to improve the wellfare of growing aging population in the U.S. 
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