Ram Pendyala is a professor of civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University.  Prior to joining Arizona State University in the Fall of 2006, he served for 12 years on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a period during which he forged strong collaborative ties with Professor Autar Kaw. 

From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Pendyala served as the Graduate Coordinator for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Florida.  Dr. Pendyala teaches courses in a wide array of courses.  His primary area of expertise is transportation engineering, a field in which he teaches courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition, Dr. Pendyala teaches fundamental undergraduate courses including Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering and Numerical Methods for Engineers. 

Dr. Pendyala has undertaken various activities to enhance undergraduate engineering education over the course of his career, including the development of hands-on group activities and multimedia course materials to aid student learning.  Dr. Pendyala was recently identified as among the top 5 percent of teachers in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University.  Over the past 15 years, Dr. Pendyala has mentored nearly 50 Masters Thesis students and 10 PhD students to completion.  His students are well-placed in government, industry, and academia. 

Dr. Pendyala has conducted more than $5 million in sponsored research related to the development and application of new methods for transportation systems planning.  He is regularly invited to present his work in conferences around the world.  He has nearly 100 publications, more than one-half of which appear in refereed archival journals in the field.  He is the Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the International Association for Travel Behavior Research (IATBR), an organization dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in travel analysis methods.  He is also the Chair of the Travel Analysis Methods Section of the Transportation Research Board, a unit of the National Academies in the United States.  Previously, he served as the Chair of the Committee on Traveler Behavior and Values for the Transportation Research Board.  He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  Dr. Pendyala serves on the editorial boards of Transportation, Transportation Letters, Transport Reviews, and the Journal of Choice Modeling. 

Dr. Pendyala has his PhD and MS in Civil Engineering, with a specialization in Transportation Engineering, from the University of California at Davis.  He has his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras in Chennai, India.