Education

January 2017-May 2022, Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Concentration in Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, Purdue University.
August 2016-December 2017, M.S. in Civil Engineering, Concentration in Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering, Purdue University.
2010-2016 B.S in Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Publications

Losada-Rojas, L. L., Pyrialakou, D., Waldorf, B. S., Banda, J. A., & Gkritza, K. 2022. “The effect of location on physical activity: Implications for active travel.” Journal of Transport Geography, 104, 103441. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2022.103441
Gkartzonikas C., Losada-Rojas L.L., Pyrialakou V.D., Christ S., & Gkritza K. 2021. “A Multi-group Analysis of the Behavioral Intention to Ride in Autonomous Vehicles: Evidence from Three U.S. Metropolitan Areas.” Transportation. 10.1007/s11116-021-10256-7.
Losada-Rojas L.L., Pyrialakou V.D., Yue K., & Gkritza K. 2021. “Access to Healthy Food in Urban and Rural Areas: An Empirical Analysis.” Journal of Transport & Health, 23, 101245.
Losada-Rojas L.L. & K. Gkritza. 2021. “Individual and Location-based Characteristics Associated with A.V. Adoption in the Chicago Metropolitan Area: Implications for Public Health.” Journal of Transport & Health, 22, 101232.
Chacon-Hurtado, D., Losada-Rojas L., Yu D.J., Gkritza K., & Fricker J.D. 2020. “A Proposed Framework for the Incorporation of Economic Resilience into Transportation Decision Making.” J. Manage. Eng. 36 (6): 04020084. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000834.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. “Assessing the First and Last Mile Problem for Intercity Passenger Rail Service.” Proceedings of the 2018 Joint Rail Conference. 2018 Joint Rail Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. April 18–20, 2018. V001T05A002. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/JRC2018-6172.
Losada-Rojas L.L., Gkartzonikas C., Pyrialakou V.D., & K. Gkritza. “Exploring Intercity Passengers’ Attitudes and Loyalty to Intercity Passenger Rail: Evidence from an Onboard Survey.” Transport Policy, Volume 73, 2019, Pages 71-83, ISSN 0967-070X, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2018.10.011.

Presentations

Losada-Rojas, L.L., Pyrialakou V.D., & Gkritza, K. Travel behavior in rural areas: Implications for physical activity and health. North American Regional Science. Denver, CO. November 10-13, 2021.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Pyrialakou V.D., Waldorf B., & Gkritza, K. Quantifying the Difference of Opportunities to Enhance Health in Urban, Suburban, Large Towns, and Rural Areas in the U.S. International Conference on Transport & Health. June 14-30, 2021.
Losada-Rojas, L.L. & Gkritza, K. Public Acceptance and Socio-Economic Analysis of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Implications of Policy and Planning. 2021 CCAT Global Symposium on Connected and Automated Vehicles and Infrastructure. April 12, 2021.
Losada-Rojas, L.L. & Gkritza, K. Characteristics Associated with AV Adoption in the Chicago Metropolitan Area: Implications for Public Health. 2nd Annual Conference on Next-Generation Transport Systems. December 28-31, 2020
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., & Gkritza, K. Market Acceptance of Autonomous Vehicles in Transportation Disadvantaged Areas: Implications for Policy and Planning. 99th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. January 12-13, 2020.
Losada-Rojas, L.L. & Gkritza, K. Active Travel in the Autonomous Vehicles’ era. 2019 North American Regional Science Conference. Pittsburgh, PA. November 13-16, 2019.
Gkartzonikas, C., Losada-Rojas, L., & Gkritza, K. Assessing of the Socio-economic Implications Related to the Emergence of Shared Autonomous Vehicles. International Conference on Transportation and Development. Alexandria, VA. June 9-12, 2019.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., & Gkritza, K. Public Acceptance of Autonomous Vehicles across Transportation Disadvantaged Areas in Indianapolis, IN. CCAT Symposium. West Lafayette, IN. May 30, 2019.
Gkartzonikas, C., Losada-Rojas, L.L., & Gkritza, K. Assessment of the Socio-economic Implications Related to the Emergence of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: The Tale of Two Midwestern Cities. ITE Great Lakes District Annual Meeting. Indianapolis, IN. April 15, 2019 .
Losada-Rojas, L.L. & Gkritza, N. The Nexus Between Rural Health and Transportation: Current Trends and Future Directions. 2018 North American Regional Science Conference. San Antonio, TX. November 7-10, 2018.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Assessing the First and Last Mile Problem for Intercity Passenger Rail Services. Joint Rail Conference 2018. Pittsburgh, PA. April 18-21, 2018.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Riding the Hoosier State Train: Changes in Riders’ Opinions over Time and Best Practices. 2018 Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo. West Lafayette, IN. March 7-11, 2018.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Access to Intercity Passenger Rail: Effects on Mode Choice and Trip Frequency. 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. January 7-11, 2018
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Assessing the First and Last Mile Problem in Intercity Passenger Rail Service. 2017 North American Regional Science Conference. Vancouver, BC, Canada. November 9-11, 2017.
Losada-Rojas, L.L.; Gkartzonikas, C.; Gkritza, K.; & Pyrialakou, V.D. Evaluating Opportunities to Enhance the Hoosier State Train Ridership Through a Survey of Riders’ Opinions and an Assessment of Access to the Line. ITE Great Lakes District Annual Meeting. Ann Arbor, MI. April 19-20, 2017
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Using Onboard Surveys to Monitor Changes in Passenger Rail Rider Opinion’s Over Time: A Case Study of the Hoosier State Train. 2017 Joint Rail Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 4-7, 2017.
Losada-Rojas, L.L., Gkartzonikas, C., Gkritza, K., & Pyrialakou, V.D. Evaluating Opportunities to Enhance Hoosier State Train’s ridership. 2017 Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo. West Lafayette, IN. March 6-9, 2017.
Losada-Rojas, L.L, Gkritza, K., & Castro, W. A Study to the Influence of the Implementation of Mass Transport System on Land Use. A Case Study of Washington D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Medellin y Bogotá, Colombia. Latin American Congress of Public Transportation (CLATPU). Montevideo, Uruguay. November 11-17, 2016.

Awards and Honors

2021 CEE Rising Stars Workshop Participant - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2021 LATinE: Latinx Trailblazers in Engineering Fellow – Purdue University
2021 Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship – Purdue University
2020 Eldon J. Yoder Memorial Award – Lyles School of Civil Engineering
2019 CCAT Symposium Best Presentation Award
2018-2019 WTS Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship
2018-2019 ITE Edward J. Cox Memorial Transportation Scholarship Award
2017 Best Presenter Award – Purdue ITE Fall Seminar
2017 Purdue Women in Engineering Program Fall Travel Grant
2016 – 2020 Doctoral studies abroad Scholarship (COLCIENCIAS) – Colombia

Skills

Languages: Spanish, English.
Software Packages: R-studio, STATA, Python, ArcGIS, ArcPy, SAS, Nlogit 6, TransCAD, MS Office, Autodesk Inventor, Adobe Creator.