Dr. Tarek Sayed is a professor and a distinguished scholar at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he is also the editor of the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering and Director of the Bureau of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Freight Security (BITSAFS-Engineering). Dr. Sayed is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including his appointment as a UBC Distinguished University Scholar, the ITE Wilbur Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering Sandford Fleming Award, the Transportation Association of Canada Academic Merit Award, the Transportation Association of Canada Gilchrist Medal, and several other best paper and teaching awards.
Dr. Sayed served as a chair of both the Transportation and Computer Application divisions of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. He has authored or coauthored about 250 journal/conference papers and has instructed and organized many short courses and seminars in traffic safety, operations and ITS for the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the BC Ministry of Transportation (BCMOT), Ashghal (Qatar), the Ministry of Public Works (Kuwait), State Farm Insurance (US), and the US Federal Highway Administration, among others.
Dr. Sayed also serves on several national and international committees, including the US Transportation Research Board safety data and analysis Committee, the US Transportation Research Board Future Directions for Road Safety Subcommittee, the US Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee, and the Canadian National Road Safety Committee. He has completed numerous consulting projects in traffic safety and ITS internationally and has supervised 60 Masters and Ph.D. students.