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Dr. Chandra Bhat

1985 - B.Tech - Civil Engineering Director, Center for Transportation Research, and Professor @ The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat graduated with a B.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras in 1985, and proceeded to receive a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. His Ph.D. dissertation won the inaugural Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for best North American transportation dissertation. He is currently the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). He also serves as the Director of the Center for Transportation Research and as Adjunct Professor of Economics at UT-Austin.

As a researcher, Dr. Bhat has to his credit more than 180 refereed journal publications and more than 25 book chapters. He has made fundamental contributions in examining the inter-linkages among human behavioral dynamics and activity-travel choices, transportation systems, and built environments. At the same time, he has also been a pioneer in the formulation of innovative analytic methods that are widely used in many different fields. He is among the most highly cited researchers in the field of transportation and Civil Engineering. Dr. Bhat has won several teaching awards, and was inducted in 2010 into UT-Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. He has mentored numerous students over the course of his academic career, many of whom now hold leading positions in the transportation field.

Dr. Bhat’s recent research awards include the 2013 Humboldt Award from Germany and the 2015 Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has received both the top engineering research and teaching awards at UT-Austin. Dr. Bhat has also held (and continues to hold) leadership positions in such organizations as the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, the Transportation Research Board of the United States, and the American Road Transportation Builders’ Association (ARTBA)’s Research and Education Division

Dr. Bhat is a dedicated educator, mentor, and researcher, who has made a definite and profound impact on transportation education, research, and practice. In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the field of transportation and urban policy, and for his steadfast commitment to producing the next generation of leaders in his profession, IIT Madras and its alumni are proud to confer this award upon Dr. Chandra Bhat.

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