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 transportation and mobility – specifically in the areas of emerging mobility, travel behavior, and sustainable cities. These works are multidisciplinary, multimodal, involve the application of both quantitative and qualitative approaches and frameworks and the incorporation of latent variables and (un)observable entities, to address transportation challenges faced in urban and rural environments. 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. Menon is an expert on emerging and native data collection techniques including stated preference (SP) experiments and has demonstrated excellence in publishing with his works appearing in top-tier peer-reviewed transportation journals focusing on statistical and econometric modeling, and data analysis to support planning and policy research. Besides research, he is also currently teaching (under)graduate courses at Penn State Harrisburg.
Before joining Penn State, Menon held positions as a research faculty (2020-2021), and postdoc (2017-2020) at the Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF). He holds a 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, politics, premier league football, test match cricket, cooking, and Malayalam cinema.
He can be reached at nzm5492[at]psu[dot]edu
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