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Venu Garikapati is a project leader in the Systems Analysis & Integration section of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). At NREL, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Transportation Secure Data Center and conducts research on travel, the energy-related impacts of emerging transportation technologies, such as connected and automated vehicles, and transportation networking companies. An expert in the development of new analytical and computational modeling systems for forecasting activity travel demand under a wide variety of socioeconomic, demographic, technological, and policy scenarios, his research focuses on understanding the impacts of disruptive technologies on travel behavior and the role that big data analytics can play in enhancing the performance of transportation systems. Prior to joining NREL, he served as an assistant research professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering, with a specialization in transportation systems, from ASU, and his M.S. in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

PhD, Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (2014); Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Dissertation Title: A Tour Level Stop Scheduling Framework and  A Vehicle Type Choice Model System for

Activity Based Travel Forecasting.

Advisor: Ram M. Pendyala


M Tech, Civil Engineering ( 2009); Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India.

Thesis Title: Modelling Choice of Airport and Access Mode

Advisor: K. V. Krishna Rao


B Tech, Civil Engineering (2007); Acharya Nagarjuna University, India.



National Renewable Energy Laboratory,Golden, CO

Project Leader, Transportation Data Analytics (March 2017 – Present)

Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ

Research Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (June 2016 – Feb 2017)

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Feb 2015 – June 2016)


Arizona State University,Tempe, AZ

Research Associate, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (2012 – 2014)

Teaching Assistant, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (Spring 2012)

Research Associate, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (2011 – 2012)


Consulting Engineering Services, India, Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai, India.

Assistant Transportation Engineer (2009 – 2010)

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