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Ranjit Prasad Godavarthy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Research Fellow
Phone: (701)231-6436
Email: ranjit.godavarthy@ndsu.edu

Dr. Ranjit Godavarthy began working with UGPTI's Small Urban and Rural Center of Mobility in 2012. His research areas include shared-use mobility, mobility-on-demand, automated/connected/electric vehicle technologies, multimodal transit research, travel behavior, traffic operations, transportation planning, and community livability. He received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University in Civil Engineering majoring in Transportation Engineering.

Dr. Godavarthy is active in National Cooperative Highway Research Program activities, authored or co-authored 25+ journal articles and research reports, delivered 35+ presentations at international, national, and regional conferences/meetings, and actively involved in professional activities by serving in roles such as grant proposal reviewer, project oversight panel member, journal editorial board member, journal article reviewer, TRB AP055 paper review coordinator, TRB research committee member, etc.

Dr. Godavarthy is also an Assistant Professor in the Transportation, Logistics, and Finance (TLF) department at NDSU. In this academic role, he teaches multiple graduate level courses, chairs or serves on student's Master's and Ph.D. committees, serves as chair for TLF Program Committee, and engages in other department and college service activities.

Research Interests

  • Shared-Use Mobility
  • Mobility on Demand
  • Automated, Connected, Electric Vehicle Technologies
  • Multimodal Transit Research
  • Travel Behavior
  • Traffic Operations
  • Transportation Planning
  • Transportation Safety
  • Community Livability

Recent Research Activities/Major Programs of Activity

  • Pedestrian User Experience at Roundabouts
  • Shared-Use Mobility Opportunities in Rural Areas
  • Automated Transit Technologies: Challenges and Potential Market for Application
  • Pedestrian User Experience at Multilane Roundabouts
  • Transportation's Impact on Community Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction in the United States
  • Bike share program in small urban communities – livability benefits and mode share impacts
  • Winter bike sharing in United States – User willingness, and operator's challenges and best practices
  • Exploring Transit's Contribution to Livability in Rural Communities: Case Study of the North Dakota Cities of Valley City and Dickinson
  • Developing a Method for Assessing National Demand-Response Transit Level of Service
  • Cost–Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit in the United States
  • Accommodating Oversize/Overweight Vehicles at Roundabouts
  • Impacts of Roundabouts on Traffic Flow and Business
  • Involved in Developing a Manual to Increase Safety for High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR)
  • Mitigating Crashes at High-Risk Rural Intersections with Two-way Stop Control
  • Experiments with Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon in Lawrence, Kansas


  • 2016-Present, Assistant Professor of Transportation and Logistics, College of Business, NDSU
  • 2012-Present, Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU
  • 2007-2012, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, Kansas State University


  • Ph.D., Transportation Engineering, Kansas State University, 2012
  • M.S., Transportation Engineering, Kansas State University, 2010
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Nagarjuna University, India, 2007

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Transportation Technologies (May 2016 – Present)
  • AP055 TRB Committee Member, Standing Committee on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (April 15, 2018 – Present)
  • Project Oversight Panel Member, National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Scientific Committee Member, IEREK (International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange) (August 2016 – August 2017)

Academic Service Activities

  • Chair, Transportation and Logistics Program Committee (March 2019 – Present)
  • Committee Member, Transportation and Logistics Program Committee (March 2019 – Present)


  • Engineer in Training (EIT), Arizona Board of Technical Registration, 2011
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