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Amiy Varma HS


Amiy Varma (B.Tech CE, MSCE, Ph.D. CE) is a registered professional engineer (PE in ND), certified planner (member of AICP), and certified professional transportation operations engineer (PTOE by ITE). He is an educator, researcher, mentor, leader, and consultant. His first job was as a civil engineering intern on the longest river bridge in India. Soon after finishing his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, he worked as a graduate and planning engineer on a 40-million-dollar Thermal Power Plant project of Tata Electric Companies at Trombay in India. He then transitioned to teaching and research, serving as a research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University and teaching and research assistant in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. An almost 30-year career followed this as a tenured faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Since July 2020, he has been the President of AAAJ, LLC and is engaged in planning, engineering, and information technology consulting and research.

Dr. Varma’s teaching, research, service, and consulting has spanned over thirty-six years and has focused on transportation planning, transportation engineering, and many related cross-cutting areas. He has educated and advised over 2500 undergraduate and graduate students through didactic and individual/specialized courses and curriculum and career advising. He has worked on research sponsored by Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of US Army Corps of Engineers, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), The World Bank, South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT), Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA-EPSCoR, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), and others. Through his teaching, research, service, and consulting, he has worked on highway and aviation noise concerns, environmental and ecological considerations of land transport in developing countries, highway financing and revenue forecasting, economic impacts of transportation construction, ITS/CVO data architecture, infrastructure management, statewide and metropolitan transportation planning, aviation planning and design, continuity planning of airports, airport-aircraft compatibility, risk, and contingency planning for construction, intercity public transportation, traffic engineering and operation, freeway and arterial work zones, railroad preemption, land access to transportation, freight performance measures, freight mobility and operations, sustainable transportation, freight oriented development, urban goods movement, urban planning, highway geometric design, and others.

Dr. Varma has served as a member or chair of many committees/task forces of ASCE, ITE, TRB, APA, and others. From 1992 to 1994, Amiy was a control member of an ASCE Forensic Committee looking into the risks associated with computer misuse for civil engineering infrastructure design and development. In 2002 he was selected to peer-review the HNTB’s work on SeaTac’s billion-dollar comprehensive landside development program. Amiy was integrally involved in APA’s Transportation Planning Division’s Airports in Region Committee; served as Faculty Advisor for NDSU ITE Student Chapter (from 1993 to 2001 and 2011 to 2020); and was a member of important ITE Task Committees on Climate Change, Automated Enforcement, and Sustainable Traffic Signals. Dr. Varma served as Chair of TRB’s AV070 Aircraft/Airport Compatibility Committee (2005-2011); ITE’s Freight Mobility Council (2009-2011); and ASCE T&DI’s Aviation Planning and Operations Committee (APOC) (2011-2020). He currently serves as Chair of the Aviation Council of ASCE T&DI. His research papers appear in Transport Reviews, Transportation Research Part A, Transportation Research Record (TRR) of TRB, ASCE’s Journal of Transportation Engineering, ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Transportation Economics Research, Journal of ITE, and several proceedings. He has presented at TRB Annual Meetings, ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development (ICTD), World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS), ITE Annual Meetings, APA National Planning Conferences, Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) World Conference, and others. He has served on numerous research panels and reviewed many papers for several journals. For cumulative contributions over decades, Dr. Varma was recognized with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021 and with the 2022 Harland Bartholomew Award by ASCE.


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