The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Neda Kiani

Neda Kiani

Fatemeh (Neda) Kiani is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning and a research assistant at the Metropolitan Research Center. Her first exposure to transportation problems began when she was eight years old, being stuck in traffic jams on her way to and from primary school and listening to the annoying noises made by cars and trucks. It was at this time that she became very interested in understanding the complexity of transportation. To this end, she pursued a bachelor’s from the University of Shiraz in Urbanism Engineering and a master’s degrees from the Shahid Beheshti University in Urban Planning. Following her education, she worked as a professional engineer for consultants and the national Ministry of Road and Urban Development. While working in the two largest cities in Iran, Shiraz, and Tehran, she began to see a gap that planners and civil engineers see urban problems from different points of views. Her doctoral research interest is in bridging the gap between planning and engineering knowledge, as a way to maximize the benefits of collaboration between planners and engineers to inform and improve transportation matters as it relates to safety and risk to pedestrians and cyclists, the living environment, and traffic congestion as a factor in the loss of life. She also hopes to inform future transportation issues including new transportation modes (e.g. autonomous vehicles) as a means of reducing carbon emissions and time lost in traffic. Her aim is to improve the overall quality of life for urban residents.