Ph.D., Transportation Systems Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016
Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota, 2017
M.Sc., Road and Transportation, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2013
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, 2010
Alireza Ermagun is Assistant Professor of Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at Mississippi State University. He earned a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Engineering at
the University of Minnesota in 2016. His dissertation “Network Econometrics and Traffic Flow Analysis,”
introduces distinctive network weight matrices to extract the existing spatial dependency between traffic links
in a complex network. He received a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of
Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in addition to his Master in Road and Transportation.
Ermagun specializes in transportation planning, policy, and practice. His academic research draws on
different disciplines, including engineering, planning, geography, economics, statistics, big data analysis,
psychology, and public health. He shapes his research by questions dealing with operations, planning, and
technology, particularly as they pertain to the incorporation of travel behavior and urban design. A common
theme running through his research activities is to identify novel solutions, develop advanced methods, and
introduce innovative theories to understand travel behavior and human aspects of sustainable and smart
mobility more realistically.
His passion for transportation engineering and planning goes beyond the classroom, and has vaulted him to
the forefront of engineering research. He has published more than 35 referred articles in peer reviewed
journals, and made over 80 technical presentations. His innovative research has resulted in Ermagun
receiving multiple awards including Best Research on Innovation Award from 2018 Transportation Research
Board, 2017 Tiebout Prize in Regional Science, and 2016 John S. Adams Award. His research has had a
pronounced influence on the fields of sustainable transportation, transportation planning and economics,
urban freight, and resilience and efficiency in transportation networks.
Ermagun is active in seven projects at different stages of development, which frame the scope of his research:
I always seek outstanding Graduate Research Assistants from a variety of backgrounds to join my research
group. Candidates should have strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and outstanding communication
skills and have the desire to work collaboratively in a vibrant work culture. Above all, candidates should have
a desire to look at transportation through a different lens, think out of the box, and be prepared to be
challenged by these new ideas.
Currently, I am recruiting two Ph.D. students in the field of transportation engineering and planning for
Spring 2019 and Fall 2019. The successful applicants will be part of the ground floor of a new research team,
which I will be heading. For more details on the position or the research, please contact me at