Professor Tanvir

Dr. Shams Tanvir conducts research and teaches in the area of sustainable mobility. His research aims at the development and characterization of transportation technologies that minimize energy consumption and emissions while enhancing mobility efficiency and equity. Previously, he was a research faculty at the University of California- Riverside. Dr. Tanvir is a member of Transportation Research Board (part of National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine) steering committees on Highway Capacity and Quality of Services and Transportation Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation. At Cal Poly, Dr. Tanvir works with the students of Sustainable Mobility Laboratory (SuMoLab).


May 2018, Ph.D., Transportation Systems Engineering

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Dissertation: Modeling and Simulation of Driving Activity from an Energy Use- Emissions Perspective

Adviser: Drs. Nagui Rouphail and H. Christopher Frey

June 2013, M.Sc., Transportation Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh

Thesis: Development of Dynamic O-D Matrix based Travel Demand Modeling Framework using Cell Phone Data

Adviser: Drs. Charisma F. Choudhury and Shamsul Hoque

October 2009, B.Sc., Civil Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh

Thesis: Development of Interrupted Flow Traffic Noise Prediction Model


Sep. 2020 – Present

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Feb. 2019 – Sep. 2020

Assistant Research Engineer (Jan. 2020 – Sep. 2020)

Postdoctoral Scholar (Feb. 2019 – Dec. 2019)

Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT)

University of California Riverside

May 2017 – Jan. 2019

Research Associate

Travel Behavior Modeling Group (May 2017 – May 2018)

Highway Systems Group (May 2018 – Jan. 2019)

Institute for Transportation Research & Education

North Carolina State University

Jan. 2010 – Aug. 2013

Assistant Professor/ Lecturer

Department of Civil Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh


  • Network Modeling and Simulation: Macro + Meso + Micro

  • Transportation Energy and Emissions Modeling

  • Testing and Simulation of Connected and/ or Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) including ADAS and V2X; Modeling of Shared and Electric Vehicle Fleets

  • Driver Behavior Modeling : Eco-Driving, Optimization of Drive Cycles, Personalized Incentivization; Driving Simulator Operation including Forum8

  • Traffic Flow Theory: Specializing in Work Zones, Bottlenecks, Lane-Changes, Incidents, Microscopic Trajectory Generation, Trajectory Smoothing

  • Transportation Systems Analytics and Visualization (Highly Proficient in R, SAS, and MATLAB)

  • Software Tool Development using Python, C++, VBA, and GISDK

  • Sensor Deployment and Data Processing (Bluetooth, Video, GPS, Inductive Loop, Radar, OBD II, UAV, Cellphone Probes etc.)