Janille Smith-Colin, Ph.D., P.E.

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Janille Smith-Colin, Ph.D., P.E.

J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office Location: Embrey 203 C


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  • Ph.D.in Civil and Environmental Engineering; Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering (MSCE); University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Engineering Studies; Lafayette College.



Dr. Smith-Colin’s research advances the cross-cutting themes of equity, sustainability, and resilience in civil infrastructure management, with a specific focus on multi-modal transportation systems. The Smith-Colin Research Group uses system dynamics modeling, spatial analysis, and transportation data analysis to plan and design socially sustainable and resilient infrastructure, conduct equity-based analysis of emerging transportation technologies, and to examine transportation as social-determinant of health. Dr. Smith-Colin’s engineering education research integrates community-based participatory research and design thinking to solve civil engineering problems facing underserved groups. Dr. Smith-Colin is a member of the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee on Transportation Planning Analysis and Application (AEP15). She is also a Jr. Editor for the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Her research has been funded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a licensed professional engineer. 

Honors and Awards

  • Best Poster Award, International Conference on Transportation & Development 2023, Austin, TX 
  • Golden Mustang Teaching Award, 2023, Southern Methodist University
  • National Academies Gulf Coast Research Program, 2021 Early Career Fellowship
  • ASCE 2019 ExCEED Teaching Fellow




  • Sociotechnical systems modelling and systems theory

  • Transportation impacts on social determinants of health

  • Resilient infrastructure planning and evaluation

  • Equity-based analysis of multi-modal transportation systems 

Recent Publications

  • Zhang, W., Barchers, C. & Smith-Colin, J. (2022) Transit Communication via Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic, Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/23998083221135609

  • Aman, J.C., & Smith-Colin, J. (2022) Which Mobility as a Service Features Make Users Satisfied? Data-driven Analysis of Mobility Super Apps, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 15, (TRIP). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590198222001324

  • Field, C., Sutley, E. …..Smith-Colin, J. and Koliou, M. (2022). Incorporating Socio-economic Metrics in Civil Engineering Projects: The Resilience Perspective. ASCE Journal of Natural Hazards Review, (23)1. https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%29NH.1527-6996.0000537

  • Zakhem, M. & Smith-Colin, J. Micromobility Implementation Challenges and Opportunities: Analysis of E-Scooter Parking and High-Use Corridors. Transportation Research – Part D, Volume 95, June 2021. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1361920921003795#

  • Aman, J. J., Smith-Colin, J., & Zhang, W. (2021). Listen to E-scooter riders: Mining rider satisfaction factors from app store reviews. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 95, 102856. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1361920921001589