The Sustainable Transport and Emerging Mobility Systems (STEMS) Lab at Penn State Harrisburg works in four main research areas: (i) autonomous vehicles and emerging mobility systems, (ii) shared mobility systems, (iii) travel demand and travel behavior, and (iv) sustainable communities. The research at STEMS Lab is multidisciplinary seeking answers to overarching questions in transportation, urban planning, economics, public policy, health, and equity. We focus on applying both quantitative and qualitative approaches and frameworks, incorporating latent variables and (un)observable entities through econometric models, and producing compelling data visualizations to address transportation challenges faced in urban and rural environments. The models and other outputs developed as part of our research provide a crucial foundation for formulating policy and planning interventions that provide inclusive mobility solutions for users across socioeconomic and geographic spheres.

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Latest News:

  • April 28, 2022: Congratulations to STEMS Lab members Alain Izabayo, Catherine Suria, and Zecheng We on receiving the Hanes Library Research Honorable Mention for your excellent research poster on Improving Airport Terminal Capacity and Efficiency through Satellite Gates and Autonomous Cars on the Airside. This poster was presented as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Research Exhibition held on April 22nd.


  • April 15, 2022: Nikhil Menon has been appointed to two Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committees –

    • Standing Committee on Effects of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Travel Choices – AEP35

    • Standing Committee on Women and Gender in Transportation – AME20

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  • January 11, 2022: Nikhil Menon presented co-authored work titled Improving Mapping and Selection of Low-Speed Autonomous Vehicle Shuttle Routes: A Data-Driven Framework at the 101st Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C.

Co-authors: Brian Staes (Oregon State University), and Robert L. Bertini (Oregon State University)

  • August 13, 2021: Nikhil Menon joins Penn State Harrisburg as a tenure track assistant professor of Civil Engineering.

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