Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.

Elise Miller-Hooks. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Professor, Transportation Engineering
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering
Telephone: (703) 993-1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu
4614 Nguyen Engineering Building


  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Texas – Austin, 1997
  • MS, Engineering, University of Texas – Austin, 1994
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Lafayette College, 1992


Civil Infrastructure Systems Modeling, Transportation Systems Engineering, Network Algorithms, Multi-Objective Decision-Making


Multi-Hazard Civil Infrastructure Resilience Quantification; Interdependent Infrastructure Lifelines Modeling; Disaster Planning, Evacuation and Response; Stochastic and Dynamic Network Algorithms; Intermodal Passenger and Freight Transport; Alternative Modes; Real-Time Routing and Fleet Management; Incident Management; Transportation Infrastructure Investment for Climate Uncertainty

Professional Service:

Chair of the TRB Transportation Network Modeling Committee; Associate Editor, Transportation Science; Editorial Board Member, Transportation Research Part B and Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems

Faculty Profile:

Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Miller-Hooks served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) Division of the Engineering Directorate, lead Program Officer for the multi-directorate Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) 2015 and 2016 solicitations, and a cognizant program officer on CMMI’s Smart and Connected Communities (i.e. Smart Cities) initiative. She also served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. Dr. Miller-Hooks received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1997) and M.S. in Engineering (1994) degrees from the University of Texas – Austin and B.S. summa cum laude in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (1992).

Dr. Miller-Hooks’ research program has been funded by numerous agencies, including, for example, NSF, European Commission, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, I-95 Corridor Coalition, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and various other agencies and companies. She received a NSF CAREER award, Charley Wootan Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation from the Council of UTCs, and several other national awards related to her dissertation and ongoing research, including two more recent best paper awards. Dr. Miller-Hooks has authored approximately 140 articles and reports, and over 190 conference presentations and invited lectures.

Selected Publications:

Tang, H. and E. Miller-Hooks (2005). “A TABU Search Heuristic for the Selective Team Orienteering Problem,” Computers and Operations Research 32, 1379-1407.

Miller-Hooks, E. and B. Yang (2005). “Updating Paths in Time-Varying Networks with Arc Weight Changes,” Transportation Science 39, 451-464.

Opasanon, S. and E. Miller-Hooks (2006). “Multi-Criteria Adaptive Hyperpaths in Stochastic, Time-Varying Networks,” European Journal of Operational Research 173, 72-91.

Nair. R. and E. Miller-Hooks (2011). “Fleet Management for Vehicle Sharing Operations,” Transportation Science 45 (4), 524-540.

Erdogan, S. and E. Miller-Hooks (2012). “A Green Vehicle Routing Problem,” Transportation Research – Part E 48, 100-114.

Kuo, A. and E. Miller-Hooks (2012). “Developing Responsive Rail Services through Collaboration,” Transportation Research – Part B 46(3), 424-439.

Faturechi, R. and E. Miller-Hooks (2014). “Mathematical Framework for Quantifying and Optimizing Protective Actions for Civil Infrastructure Systems,” Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Systems 29, 572-589.