Myra Blanco, Director

Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach

Dr. Myra Blanco leads VTTI's Center for Policy and Outreach. She is responsible for oversight of the Center, as well as for ensuring the quality of the design, execution, and interpretation of research efforts. Formally trained in human factors engineering, Dr. Blanco's areas of expertise extend beyond automated vehicles. Her experience includes evaluation of in-vehicle devices, distraction, driver behavior, training, work/rest cycles, fatigue, and active safety systems for light and heavy vehicles. She has directed research efforts in naturalistic, on-road, test track, and simulator test environments and she has authored and co-authored numerous publications on driver performance and safety. Dr. Blanco chairs the Safety Forum for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and the ISO task force on terms and definitions for automated vehicles. She is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Dr. Blanco was the 2013 recipient of the SAE International J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders.

Email: mblanco@vtti.vt.edu