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Avinash Unnikrishnan
Avinash Unnikrishnan

Associate Professor

Dr. Avinash Unnikrishnan is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the in the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science at Portland State University. He received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2002; his masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2004; and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Texas Austin in 2008.

Dr. Unnikrishnan is interested in enhancing system sustainability and efficiency by developing novel traffic and freight network equilibrium models. In his research, he applies network optimization and traffic simulation algorithms to optimize the planning and operations of traffic, transit and freight networks. A significant portion of his work deals with mitigating the impact of uncertainty in transportation models. Dr. Unnikrishnan is also extremely interested in performing multi-disciplinary research by applying systems and uncertainty analysis principles in other domains of civil engineering. He is passionate about mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research and several of his students have been the recipients of prestigious national level fellowships and awards.

Dr. Unnikrishnan serves on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Network Modeling Committee, Traffic Flow Theory Committee, and the ASCE Intermodal and Logistics Committee. More detailed information is available on Dr. Unnikrishnan's website (