Mohan Venigalla specializes in transportation systems analysis and planning with research emphases on sustainable transportation and macroscopic traffic flow. His early career (for 12 years) was primarily in engineering consulting and research. He has been engaged in his present teaching and academic research career since 2000.
Venigalla’s expertise includes modeling of transportation systems encompassing travel behavior analysis, travel demand modeling, traffic simulation, network analysis, and intelligent transportation systems. His current and prior works covered a range of topics on transportation planning, air quality, transit-oriented developments, shared mobility, and urban freight planning. His skillset includes traditional quantitative and statistical methods, geographic information systems, data mining, and big data analytics. He has developed and applied numerous computer models for solving various transportation planning and traffic engineering problems.
Venigalla’s research funding since 2000 topped $2.8 million. His publications include more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and 38 significant technical reports. He developed or taught 16 different courses and graduated seven Ph.D. students under his supervision. He administered the undergraduate civil engineering program at George Mason University and was primarily responsible for increasing the enrollments four-fold (from 73 to 295) in an 8-year period.
Venigalla’s research on air quality received national acclaim and was recognized by the National Academy of Sciences with the prestigious Pyke Johnson Award. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has been recently appointed as a Faculty Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) in the US Department of Transportation (USDOT).