Faculty & Research

Linda Ng Boyle

Associate Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering

Linda Ng Boyle

  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Washington, 1998
  • M.S. Inter-Engineering, University of Washington, 1994
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1986

Dr. Boyle returned to her alma mater from the University of Iowa. Her research interests center on understanding behavior while driving vehicles as influenced by a person's likelihood of mishaps, injuries, and crashes. Injury is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of premature death. In her work she has found that many innovations are designed to increase a person's safety by simplifying demands and tasks in safety-critical situations. However, long-term use may also decrease their awareness, increase distractions, and degrade the ability to respond appropriately. Modeling this dynamic adaptive behavior is the core of many of her lab research studies.

Boyle has served as the Director of the Human Factors and Statistical Modeling Lab and on the executive committee of the Prevention Research Center both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Boyle has received many awards for her work including an NSF Career Award and an Outstanding Educator Award.