Nikhil Menon is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg. His research revolves around sustainable transportation and urban mobility, and investigates the influence of native and emerging transportation technologies and new mobility services in influencing travel behavior and impacting the planning of future transportation systems.
In these works, he use native and emerging data sources, incorporates latent variables and observable entities, and develops advanced statistical/econometric models. The models developed as part of his research provide a crucial foundation in formulating policy and planning interventions that provide inclusive mobility solutions for users across socioeconomic and geographic spheres. Besides research, Menon is also currently teaching undergraduate courses at Penn State Harrisburg.
Before joining Penn State, Menon was a research faculty, and postdoc at the Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF). He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of South Florida, an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of South Florida, an MSc. in Complex Transport Infrastructure Systems from the Instituto Superior Tecnico [MIT Portugal Program], and a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut.
Outside of work, his interests include travel, micro-blogging, reading (non-fiction guy), premier league football, test match cricket, cooking, and Malayalam cinema.