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Prasanna Humagain, Ph.D.
Post-Doc Research Specialist
Phone: (701)231-1852
Email: prasanna.humagain@ndsu.edu

Prasanna Humagain is a postdoc research specialist in the Upper Great Plain Transportation Institute. His research focuses on developing a comprehensive multistate, multimodal corridor planning model, focused on rail and intermodal freight, highway, and intercity rail passenger transportation.

His research spans the areas of travel demand modeling, travel behavior, transportation planning, and tourists' behavior. He is also interested in understanding travelers' and tourists' perceptions and informing planning and policy measures for sustainable development, as well as designing policies suited to the upliftment of the physical and mental wellbeing of commuters. Prasanna's dissertation entails a holistic description of tourists' perceptions and behaviors during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Research Interests

  • Travel behavior
  • Travel demand modeling
  • Traffic engineering
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Transport and environment
  • Long-distance and outdoor recreational trips
  • Machine learning
  • Data analysis and web development
  • Statistical modeling, discrete choice, survey design and analysis

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Exploring the positive utility of travel and mode choice.
  • Utilizing archived traffic signal performance measures for pedestrian planning & analysis.
  • Transportation—health impact modeling and scenario planning for Utah.
  • Identifying Effective Travel Behavior Change Strategies for Poor Air Quality Events in Northern Utah.
  • Impacts of Wildfire Smoke and Other Area-Wide Air Pollution on Multimodal Traffic Volume.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2022
  • M.Sc., Transportation Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Nepal, 2017
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Nepal, 2017
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