Shashi Nambisan

Shashi Nambisan

Transportation Research Engineer


Shashi Nambisan is a transportation research engineer and a professor of civil engineering. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for over 17 years and led the Transportation research activities there for about 13 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Nevada. 

Shashi has led efforts on over 145 research and education projects that have addressed local, statewide, regional and national issues in transportation and infrastructure systems management related to policy, planning, operations, safety, and risk analysis. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.  Along with his students and colleagues, he has made over 200 technical presentations at international, national, and regional conferences and at universities.

One of Shashi’s passions is the development of the future transportation workforce. He enjoys working with students.  His advisees have developed successful professional careers at universities or in the private and public sectors.  Many of them serve in leadership positions in professional societies. He has taught 18 different undergraduate and graduate courses related to Transportation as well as undergraduate capstone design courses.  

Shashi also has been very active in leadership roles of several professional societies and organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Transportation Research Board (TRB).  His current appointments include those as:  a member of the Educational Activities Committee which reports to ASCE’s Board of Direction; Program Chair and Chair –Elect of the ASEE Civil Engineering Division; member of the Executive Committee of CUTC, and member of the AASHTO Research Advisory Committee-CUTC Liaison Group.

For his contributions as an educator, researcher, and leader, Shashi has received several awards and honors. Among the awards and honors he has received is a proclamation by the Governor of Nevada designating January 31, 2007 as "Professor Shashi Nambisan Day" in recognition of his leadership role in and contributions to enhancing transportation safety, as well as the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award in 2005.

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