Leslie Harwood, Research Associate

Center for Advanced Automotive Research

Leslie Harwood is a Research Associate in the Center for Advanced Automotive Research at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), where she has been working with connected vehicle (CV) technologies for over five years. She focuses primarily on proposal development, project management, experimental design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Ms. Harwood serves as the Program Manager for the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC), where she manages all project personnel, ensures that deliverables are in accordance with grant requirements, interfaces with DOT personnel, and makes sure that researchers understand the relevant technology. In addition, Ms. Harwood assists in coordinating technology development for CVI-UTC projects and, in collaboration with marketing teams, enhances the public awareness and understanding of CV technology and research results.

Ms. Harwood also has over eight years of experience working with GIS and performing geospatial analysis in the transportation field. Her research projects at VTTI most recently include spatial analysis of connected vehicle technology under the Safety Pilot Model Deployment (SPMD), mapping and spatial analysis for connected vehicle performance drives conducted under the SPMD Driver Clinics, and investigating mapping speed resources for potential use with SHRP2 naturalistic driving data.

Ms. Harwood obtained her M.S. and undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech in Geography, with an emphasis on geospatial and environmental analysis.