Director – Center for Transportation Research, University of Texas
Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) and the Adnan Abou-Ayyash Centennial Professor in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in transportation systems analysis and transportation planning. Substantively, Bhat has contributed to the area of transportation and urban policy design, with far reaching implications for public health, energy dependence, greenhouse gas emissions, and societal quality of life. Methodologically, he has been a pioneer in the formulation and use of statistical, econometric, and mathematical modeling methods.
Bhat has received many research honors during the course of his career. He is listed among the top ten most cited Civil Engineering Researchers by Google Scholar. Two of his papers were included in a recent book compilation of the 46 most influential and innovative scholarly papers in the choice modeling field in the past 60 years. Earlier this year, Chandra received the 2013 Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the complex multi-dimensional dependency modeling and econometric analysis fields, and the 2013 Pyke Johnson Award from the Transportation Research Board for the best paper in the area of Transportation Planning and Environment. During his career, Bhat has received the 2004 Walter L. Huber Award and the 2005 James Laurie Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 2008 Wilbur Smith National Distinguished Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the prestigious 2008 Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF) coordinated by the US Department of State, and the 2009 Steinberg Award from the American Road Transportation Builder’s Association (ARTBA). In addition, he has received several accolades for his teaching and mentoring, including the 2006 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching, the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award from the UT Graduate School, the 2008 Texas ITE student chapter Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the year, and the 2010 induction into UT Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching. Bhat’s pedagogical efforts are also evident in the over 35 external (non-UT) awards received since 2000 by his graduate students for their scholarly research and leadership contributions.