Raphael Stern

Raphael Stern


I am a PhD student in civil engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems (SRIS) with a focus in transportation cyber-physical systems in the lab of Dr. Daniel Work.


I hold a BS in civil engineering (primary focus in structural engineering, secondary focus in transportation engineering) with a minor in statistics (2013) and an MS degree (also in civil engineering with a focus in SRIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  I am currently working on my PhD in civil engineering from the same institution.

Research interests

  • Autonomous and connected vehicle control
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Traffic data analysis


  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; May 2013 – present
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, University of California Los Angeles; August 2015 – December 2015
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; January 2012 – May 2013

Honors and awards

  • DeLeuw Travel Award, 2017
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Best Presentation Award, International PhD Student Symposium, 2015
  • David Boyce Fellow, 2015
  • Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellow, 2014
  • Eno Leadership Development Fellow & Charles William Koch Award recipient, 2014
  • Ira O. Baker Award, 2013
  • Carroll C. Wiley Award, 2013
  • Edmond James Scholar, 2009-2013
  • ASCE Exemplary Student Award, 2013
  • Illinois Association of County Engineers Award, 2012