Peter T. Savolainen

Peter  T.  Savolainen
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • PhD, Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • 428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3559
  • Engineering Building
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517.432.1825


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Noted Transportation Engineer Joins MSU

Current Research

Dr. Savolainen’s research examines the fundamental nature of road user behavior, particularly how traffic safety and operations are influenced by behavior in consideration of roadway and traffic characteristics. His work in this area has provided important information as to how road user behavior changes in response to such roadway features as maximum speed limits, centerline/shoulder rumble strips, and red-light-running cameras at signalized intersections. His research has also advanced fundamental knowledge as to how roadway design, environmental factors, and in-vehicle distractions affect the risk of traffic crashes.


  • Statistical and Econometric Methods
  • Transportation Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation
  • Traffic Operations
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles