Corey Harper is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Heinz School of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Harper directs the Future Mobility Systems Lab at CMU. Harper’s research interest lies in applying modeling and simulation tools (e.g., agent-based models or regional traffic models) and multi-source data analytics to assess the equity, environmental, congestion, and policy implications of emerging technologies on the transportation system.

In the past, Harper’s research has focused on climate resilient transportation systems and automation in transportation. Here, he has used cost-benefit analysis, modeling and simulation, and machine learning to ask questions such as “how does rain impact congestion on the transportation network” and “how could robocars impact parking revenues in our central business districts.”

Harper is also the recipient of the Elsevier ATLAS Best Paper Award for his work looking at the equity impacts of automation. In 2016, he was invited to become a Young Member on the Transportation Research Board Standing Committee for Vehicle-Highway Automation.

Harper received his B.S. in 2013 from Morgan State University (Civil Engineering) and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in 2014 and 2017, respectively, from CEE at CMU. Before joining the faculty at CMU, Harper was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting clients on technical and policy issues related to cyber-physical systems, especially helping the United States Department of Transportation with the integration of connected and automated vehicles.


2017 Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2014 M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2013 B.S., Civil Engineering, Morgan State University

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CMU Engineering

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Researchers investigated the impacts of online grocery delivery on energy use, emissions, and traffic congestion.

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Scott Institute

Scott Institute announces 2022 seed grants for five projects

The Scott Institute has announced its latest seed grant awards worth $1.42 million to five research projects led by CMU Engineering faculty.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Micromobility modes could replace 1/5 of short car trips

Corey Harper led a study that simulated the efficacy of an e-bike fleet in Seattle, which found that up to 18% of short, private vehicle trips of up to three miles could be replaced with e-bikes. Harper's results indicated that micromobility could reduce congestion on crowded corridors and that wide-scale bike lane deployment can maximize congestion benefits.

CMU Engineering

Micromobility modes could replace 1/5 of short car trips

Research shows micromobility modes like e-bikes could significantly reduce urban congestion and costs, but will have to be augmented by other emissions-reduction methods to achieve climate goals.

CMU Engineering

Transit inequity increased during pandemic

Preliminary results from study of Allegheny County’s public busses finds transit inequity directly contributes to higher infection rates among members of low income and ethnic minority groups.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Devin White's internship focuses on FHA software prototype

White's work focused on creating a software prototype to analyze the extent to which employees across the U.S. Department of Transportation were innovating with their teams, network, and stakeholders.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Saudi awarded D'Appolonia Fellowship

Dr. D'Appolonia helped to define and develop the multidisciplinary, creative nature of civil and environmental engineering at CMU.

Nock and Harper receive Block Center grant

CEE/EPP’s Destenie Nock and CEE’s Corey Harper have received a grant from the Block Center for Technology and Society to explore how autonomous vehicle (AV) transportation systems could lead to greater workforce resilience.


Harper quoted on vehicle safety

CEE post-doc Corey Harper was quoted in Forbes on the effect vehicle crash avoidance technology has on vehicle safety.

CMU Engineering

Finding big savings in driver-assisted safety tech

Driver-assisted safety systems reduce the likelihood of crashes. How much would society benefit if they were installed on all cars? More than $20 billion, according to research from CMU.

Harper named Young Engineer of the Year

CEE alumna Alexa Harper (BS and MS CE’06) has been named the 2018 Delaware Valley Young Engineering of the Year.