Dr. Satish V. Ukkusuri is a Professor in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University since July 2014 where he teaches courses in transportation systems and freight and logistics planning. Previously, he was an Associate Professor at Purdue University from 2009-2014 and on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from August 2005 - August 2009. Dr. Ukkusuri is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure group at Purdue. Dr. Ukkusuri is a co-lead of the Building Sustainable Communities cluster hire at Purdue University with a goal of hiring seven faculty in this interdisciplinary area.
Dr. Ukkusuri is recognized nationally and internationally in the area of transportation network modeling and disaster management. He leads the Urban Mobility, Networks and Intelligence (UMNI) Lab at Purdue. His current areas of interest include: complex network modeling, coupled systems modeling, network resilience, big data analytics for transportation systems, dynamic traffic modeling, innovative signal control algorithms, connected vehicle environment, behavioral issues in natural hazards such as hurricanes, evacuation modeling, modeling transportation sustainability policies such as cap and trade, emissions pricing etc, sustainable freight logistics and safety modeling.
His research emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary notions that exist in multiple disciplines to produce solutions to the complex and multifaceted problems in infrastructure networks. His research derives knowledge from social sciences and computational sciences to create meaningful solutions for problems in transportation modeling, disaster management and freight logistics. He blends the development of new science based approaches with practical applications and implementation. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed journal and conference papers in the above topics. Dr. Ukkusuri's work has been funded by various grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), State Departments of Transportation including INDOT, NYSDOT, NJDOT and NYCDOT, Global Policy Research Institute and Purdue Research Foundation.
Dr. Ukkusuri received the 2005 SWUTC Robert Herman Award given for outstanding research and leadership in transportation. He also received the Blitman Endowed Chair Professorship during his tenure at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from August 2005 - August 2009. He received the 2007 CP-STIO Award from Government of India to conduct collaborative research with IIT Bombay and the 2007 Emerging Scholars Grant from UTRC. In 2011, Dr. Ukkusuri received the CUTC-ARTBA New Faculty Award given for “outstanding research and leadership by a new faculty member in the United States”. He was the Discovery Park Research Scholar from Jan 2013-December 2014.