Robert C. Hampshire

Research Associate Professor



2901 Baxter Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 615-6975

Primary Website

Name of lab or center, linked to website

Additional Appointments

Chief Science Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation

Associate professor, U-M Ford School

Affiliated faculty member, U-M IOE


PhD. Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University

Research Interests/Expertise

In 2021, Robert C. Hampshire was appointed as the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as the Chief Science Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He is on leave from his positions at UM that include associate professor of public policy at the Ford School, research associate professor in both the U-M Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) Human Factors group and Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE). He develops and applies operations research, data science, and systems approaches to public and private service industries. His research focuses on the management and policy analysis of emerging networked industries and innovative mobility services such as smart parking, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, bike sharing, and car sharing. He has worked extensively with both public and private sector partners worldwide. He is a queueing theorist that uses statistics, stochastic modeling, simulation and dynamic optimization. 


Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) – Minority Issues Forum, Program Chair   2009-2012.

– Applied Probability Society

– Public Sector Applications, Program Chair, 2013.

 Transportation Research Board (TRB)

– Member of AP020: Emerging   and Innovation Transportation committee

 Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS)

-Organizer of the 23rd Annual Meeting, June 21-25, 2017.


2019 EURO Award for the Best EJOR Paper – Innovative Applications of OR

2017 – National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) Blackwell Lecture

2012 – National Science Foundation, CAREER Award

Key Projects

Student Engagement

Member – James Fishelson –Urban Planning, University of Michigan, successful defense date Jan 15, 2018.

Chair – Tayo Fabusuyi, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, successfully defended November 2016.

Co-Chair – Luo Qi –Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, defended.

Chair – Katsunobu Sasanuma –Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, successful defense date July 31, 2015.

 Member – Shannon Harris , Katz School of Business, University of Pittsburgh,  successful defense, July 2016.

Member –  Jean Kang-Ching, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, successfully defended, 6/16.

Member – Stephen Zoef – member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, successfully defended May 2015.

Changmi Jung, member, Carnegie Mellon University, Public Policy and Management, defense date July 31, 2013

Sam Garman, chair, Carnegie Mellon University, Public Policy and Management, proposal date July 31, 2010.


Lima, Ohio

Personal Interests/Hobbies

I love, love, love basketball. At all levels and places.