Jose Holguin-Veras, president of the Research and Education Division, left, with Dr. Ram M Pendyala, winner of the 2018 S.S. Steinberg Award.


By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Dr. Ram M. Pendyala, a professor of transportation systems in the civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering program at Arizona State University in Tempe, is the 2018 recipient of ARTBA’s S.S. Steinberg Award. He was honored Jan. 8 during the association’s annual Research & Education Division (RED) meeting in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his classes, Pendyala conducts research in multimodal transportation systems planning, activity-based travel behavior modeling, time use and activity pattern analysis, freight and passenger travel demand forecasting, travel survey methods, microsimulation approaches, and the application of advanced econometric and statistical methods for transportation policy analysis. He has advised more than 50 graduate students who are now employed in leading positions at government agencies, private consulting firms, and academic institutions. He also serves as the director of the center for Teaching Old Models New Tricks (TOMNET), a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center.

Pendyala received his Ph.D. and master’s in civil engineering with a specialization in transportation from the University of California at Davis, and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, in Chennai, India.

The award is named after the founding president of RED and recognizes “an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.”