Dr. Myra Blanco
SAE Member for 14 years
Dr. Myra Blanco is a research scientist and leader of the Automated Vehicles Systems (AVS) Group at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). Although she received her formal training in human factors engineering, her areas of expertise extend well beyond automated vehicles. She has specialized in large-scale, real-world driving studies, product testing and evaluation, user-centered product design and development, and the design and implementation of innovative research tools. Dr. Blanco's research generates a practical, in-depth knowledge base that informs government, commercial operations, equipment manufacturers, academia, and the public. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including scientific articles, technical reports, and several book chapters. Dr. Blanco also organizes technical sessions and workshops, reviews technical papers, and volunteers with student groups.
Dr. Blanco was also the 2013 recipient of the SAE International J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders, which was established by the SAE International Women Engineers Committee. This award is designed to recognize a woman active in the mobility industry who has achieved the best balance of life by outstanding performance or significant contributions in two or more of the following areas: exhibits outstanding service to her company and community; demonstrates excellent leadership as a supervisor, manager, or in team environments; displays innovation and uniqueness in achieving corporate and personal goals; demonstrates strong interpersonal skills; provides important engineering or technical contributions to the mobility industry; overcomes adversity and participates in and is involved with SAE International activities.