Dr. Karla Rodrigues-Silva completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Minas Gerais in Brazil with a semester in Ecole Nationale des Pontes et Chausses in France. She went on to study at the University of São Paulo where she received her master’s and Ph.D. While studying at the University of São Paulo, Karla spent time at UF as a Visiting Scholar. While doing her graduate studies Dr. Rodrigues-Silva focused on evaluating crash prediction models for two-lane highways; she worked to compare U.S. and Brazilian models considering various road safety conditions.
In her position as a post-doc with the UFTI, Dr. Rodrigues-Silva will analyze traffic data from the U.S. and South America and explore building safety models for use in the U.S. and South America. Dr. Rodrigues-Silva is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and will develop instructional materials in these languages.