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Shashi Nambisan

Shashi Nambisan



Shashi Nambisan is a Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). He comes to UT from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he was professor of Civil Engineering and formerly the director of the Institute for Transportation. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MS from Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada.

Nambisan has more than 25 years of experience in transportation including more than 20 years leading the development and growth of research enterprises. He has led over 160 projects on a broad range of issues in transportation and infrastructure systems management related to policy, planning, operations, safety, and risk analysis. His research projects have involved local, statewide, regional, and national issues in transportation and information systems management, primarily related to the development and deployment of decision support tools. He has more than 125 peer reviewed journal and conference publications, and made over 220 technical presentations.

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Transportation and infrastructure systems


Policy analysis

Safety and risk analysis

Hazardous materials (HazMat) transport

Data enabled decision support

K-12 STEM Education and Workforce development

Research Sponsors


Truck Parking on Ramps, October 2015 to October 2016. Tennessee Department of Transportation, (PI:co-Investigator: Shashi Nambisan, Airton Kohls; $65,273; 25 percent responsibility).

Green Generates Green, October 2015 to March 2017. Tennessee Department of Transportation, (PI: Asad Khattak; co-Investigators: Chris Cherry, Shashi Nambisan; $163,224; 20 percent responsibility).

Study of Driving Volatility in Connected and Cooperative Vehicle Systems, September 2015 to August 2018. National Science Foundation, Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division. Award No. 1538139 (PI: Asad Khattak; co-Investigators: Shashi Nambisan, Subhadeep Chakraborty; $399,793;
20 percent responsibility).

Socio-Demographic Characteristics and Safety - Phase 2, May 2015 to July 2016. (PI: $75,000; with an additional $75,000 in cost-share). Southeastern Transportation Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN part of a grant from the US Department of Transportation.

Ground Truthing of Data from Naturalistic Driving Studies and Associated Analysis, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a subcontract for Federal Highway Administration’s Broad Agency Agreement (BAA) DTFH61-13-R-00011, “Exploratory Advanced Research Program.” January 2015 to Dec 2016, (PI: $120,392, 100 percent responsibility)

Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention: Evaluation of Increased Nighttime Enforcement of Seatbelt Use, CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Sept 29, 2014 to Sept 29 2017, (PI: $1.2 Million, co-PI: Jerry Everett, 66 percent responsibility)



Ph.D. Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of California, Berkeley, CA. December 1989.

M.S.Civil Engineering (Transportation), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. December 1985.

B.Tech.Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, July 1984.

Professional Service

Over the past two decades Nambisan has been an active in leader in several professional organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Council of University Transportation Centers, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Transportation Research Board.

President, Council of University Transportation Centers

Awards and Recognitions

Among the awards and honors received by Nambisan is a proclamation by the Governor of the state of Nevada designating January 31, 2007 as the “Professor Shashi Nambisan Day” to recognize his leadership and contributions to enhancing transportation safety.



Dong, Chunjiao, Mark L. Burton, Shashi Nambisan, and Jian Sun. Effects of roadway geometric design features on the occurrences of truck-related crashes, Transportation Research Record 2585, 2016, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, National Academies. DOI: 10.3141/2585-07.

Khatri, Ranjit, Christopher Cherry, Shashi Nambisan, Lee Han, Route Choice Model for Bike Share Users from the Real-Time GPS Data, Transportation Research Record #587, 2016, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, National Academies. DOI: 10.3141/2587-17

Dong, Chunjiao, Shashi Nambisan, David B. Clarke, Jian Sun. Exploring the effects of state highway safety laws and socio-cultural characteristics on fatal crashes, Traffic Injury Prevention, 2016. DOI:

Dong, Chunjiao, David B. Clarke, Shashi Nambisan, and Baoshan Huang. Analyzing disabling and non-disabling injury crashes using random-parameter bivariate regression models, Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, April 2016. DOI: 10.1080/23249935.2016.1177134

Liu J, Khattak AJ, Richards SH, Nambisan S. What are the differences in driver injury outcomes at highway-rail grade crossings? Untangling the role of pre-crash behaviors. Accident Analysis & Prevention. 2015, Vol 85. pp.157-69.


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