Students in Dan McGehee's Autonomous Vehicles class experience collision avoidance technology in one of the UI's research vehicles.
Students in Dan McGehee's Autonomous Vehicles class experience collision avoidance technology in one of the UI's automated research vehicles.

University of Iowa students

We work with University of Iowa students in all phases of their college careers. From graphics design to program development to mechanics to working with research participants, our students are invaluable to our work, and they receive an educational experience that leads to a lifetime of success in a variety of fields. 

If you are a University of Iowa student interested in working with us, contact Daniel McGehee, PhD, professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator, at

High school students

We also offer internships to high school students. To learn more, visit the Workplace Learning Connection website.

Graduate students

We work with undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs, but a few of our recent graduate students are highlighted here.

Emily Shull

Emily Shull

Research interest: transition of control in automated vehicles

Emily Shull uses her background in psychology to understand how we can effectively facilitate the transition of control from partial automation back to the driver in a safe and timely manner. She hopes that this understanding can be applied to much broader concepts and influence the way we design and implement automation in our lives.
Over the summer, Shull presented her research on “The Gap Effect in Shifting Attention in Conditional Automation” at the International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Psychology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Awards: She also received the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2022 Student Member with Honors Award for her contributions to human factors research, as well as the UTC Outstanding Student of the Year Award and the SAFER-SIM Excellence Award.

Thomas Burt

Thomas Burt

Research interest: modeling cannabis-impaired driving performance

Thomas Burt spent his summer in Washington, D.C., as an intern for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the ADS Vehicle Exemption Program Team. During his internship, Burt reviewed and investigated imported automated vehicles, assessed their use on public roads, and analyzed incident and crash data.

Additionally, Burt presented in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology on “THC Potency, Perceived Effects, and Driving Performance,” and in Portland, Oregon, at the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine Conference on “Perceived Effects of Cannabis: Generalizability of Changes in Driving Performance.”

During his time at Iowa, Thomas has already published three journal articles on the effects of cannabis intoxication on driving impairment.

Joy Kim

Joy (Jimin) Kim

Research interest: transfer of learning on over-the-air updates and consumer education

Joy Kim’s main research interest includes the safety concern surrounding the transfer of learning and knowledge gaps around new vehicle technologies. She currently is focusing on data collection on a project investigating the transfer of control from automated driving features to manual driving.

Max Miller

Max Miller

Research interest: data analytics and modeling

Max Miller is a graduate student who joined our team at NADS over the summer to pursue his interest in engineering research. Miller has a BS in industrial engineering, and he hopes to apply his interests in data analytics, modeling, and computational algorithms to new and unconventional areas of research.