Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Venky Shankar


Dr. Shankar


Penn State University
226C Sackett Building
University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-9434 (phone)
(814) 863-7304 (fax)

    Research | Courses | Vitae

Primary Research Interests
Transportation systems analysis. Modeling of travel demand, safety, infrastructure, and interactions with the environment.

Courses Taught at Penn State University
C E 422, Transportation Planning
C E 523, Analysis of Transportation Demand

Professional Service
Transportation Research Board Committee ADB40: Transportation Demand Forecasting
Editorial Advisory Board, Transportation Research A


1997 Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
1990 M.S.C.E, University of Washington, Seattle
1988  Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Associate Professor, The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
The Pennyslvania State University, University Park, PA (2004 - present)
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle ( 1999 - 2004)
Faculty, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Planning, University of Washington, Seattle (2002 – 2004)
Safety Program Researcher, Washington State Department of Transportation (1996 - 1999)
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington, Seattle (1993 - 1996; 1988 - 1989)
Transportation Engineer, Traffic Engineering Consultant, Washington (1989 - 1993)

Professional Registrations
Registered Civil Engineer, Washington

Professional Memberships
Transportation Research Board, Econometric Society, Member

Honors and Awards
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering

Recent Publications
Yamamoto T. and Shankar V.N. “Bivariate Ordered-Response Probit Model of Driver’s and Passenger’s Injury Severities in Collision with Fixed Objects,” In Press, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2004.

Ulfarsson G.F., Shankar V.N. and Vu P.J. “The Effect of Variable Message Signs on the Relationship between Mean Speeds and Speed Deviations.” International Journal of Vehicle Control Systems, 2004.

Shankar V.N., Ulfarsson G.F., Pendyala R.M. and Nebergall M.B. “On the Modeling of Crashes Involving Pedestrians and Motorized Traffic.” Safety Science, 2003.

Ouyang Y.F., Shankar V.N. and Yamamoto T. “Modeling the Simultaneity in Injury Causation in Multi-Vehicle Collisions,” Transportation Research Record -- Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2002.

V.N. Shankar and R.M. Pendyala. In “Travel Behavior Research: The Leading Edge.” Freight Travel Demand Modeling: Econometric Issues in Multi-Level Approaches, Chapter 38, pages 629-645. Edited by Hensher D. and King J (eds), Pergamon Press, Oxford, 2001.