Dr. Srinivas S. Pulugurtha, P.E., F.ASCE is currently working as Professor & Research Director of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). He teaches graduate as well as undergraduate courses and conducts research in the transportation engineering field. He is also currently directing the Infrastructure, Design, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS) Center on UNC Charlotte campus.
Dr. Pulugurtha has experience and worked in diverse fields of transportation, like traffic safety, alternative modes of transportation, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and connected and automated vehicles, transportation system planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, data analytics and visualization, traffic operations, Internet applications, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, and operations research applications. His experience and knowledge in computer modeling and adaptation of emerging technologies is germane to the development of tools and techniques for quantitative analysis of transportation systems to support decision making.
During his 25-year tenure as a researcher, Dr. Pulugurtha has led and completed over 81 sponsored projects totaling more than $10 million in external funding as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator. He authored/co-authored over 300 publications (includes 98 journal papers) and 290 technical presentations at international, national, regional and local conferences. His research accomplishments were recognized with three “best research paper” awards.
Dr. Pulugurtha chaired 11 Ph.D. Dissertation Committees, 35 M.S. Thesis Committees, and 21 M.S. Project Committees. He is currently advising/mentoring 7 Ph.D. students and 1 M.S. student. He introduced or developed curricula for seven new courses at UNC Charlotte. He was recognized with the Graduate Teaching Award in 2010 for his accomplishments as a mentor, advisor, and teacher.
Dr. Pulugurtha is also professionally very active. He is a member of several professional organizations, including ASCE, ITE, and TRB. He served as a member of several technical, scientific, and conference steering committees. He also served as the Faculty Advisor of ITE Student Chapter from 2006 to 2016. Moreover, he served on five Journal Editorial Boards.
Dr. Pulugurtha received his B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Nagarjuna University, India in 1992, M.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India in 1995, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1998.
Prior to his appointments at UNC Charlotte, Dr. Pulugurtha worked as an Assistant Director and Assistant Research Professor of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Transportation Research Center (UNLV-TRC), from September 1998 to August of 2005.
He is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of North Carolina.