Feng Guo, professor of statistics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech and lead data scientist for Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has been awarded the Patricia Caldwell Faculty Fellowship by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Patricia Caldwell Dean’s Faculty Fellowships were established in 2019 to enhance the national and international prominence of the College of Science. Patricia Caldwell, who earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics, established this fellowship to recognize faculty dedicated to extraordinary research, to recruit scholars with exceptional records of achievement, and/or to retain high-performing faculty members in any discipline or transdisciplinary area within the college.

Recipients hold the title of Patricia Caldwell Faculty Fellow for a period of three years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Guo is a recognized leader in transportation modeling. He has been involved with two committees for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and was on two panels for the academy's National Research Council.

Guo’s research in transportation and related statistical methodology has led to more than 100 publications, including articles in top statistical journals as well as top scientific journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. His 2014 New England Journal paper was noted as one of the top 100 most influential papers in scientific research.

Evidence of the value of his research also extends to government policy. His research results are cited in government regulatory rules of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

In 16 years at Virginia Tech, Guo has been on 64 research grants as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, resulting in more than $49 million in research funding. Support for his research has come from several sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NHTSA, and the Federal Highway Administration.

Guo received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and dual Ph.D.s in statistics and transportation engineering from the University of Connecticut.

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