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Ardekani received his B.S. (1980), M.S. (1981), and Ph.D. (1984) in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and began a research and academic career at Virginia Tech in 1985. Five years later he joined the UT-Arlington faculty of Civil Engineering, where he has served as the Chair of the Civil Engineering Department from 1999 to 2005 and is currently a professor of Civil Engineering.
His areas of expertise include traffic flow theory, energy and emissions models, traffic surveillance systems, intelligent transportation systems, toll pricing, emergency transportation management, and public transportation design and operations. He also has also taught courses in highway geometric design, transportation engineering, traffic engineering, stochastic modeling, traffic flow theory, mass transit planning and design, and systems engineering.
Ardekani has served on a number of national committees including the TRB Committees on Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, Alternative Transportation Fuels, and Time-Sensitive Response and Incident Management as well as the International Committee on Engineering Design and Automation, the ASCE Subcommittee on Human-Powered Transportation, and the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. He is also a charter member of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute and has served as a member of the Board of ITS Texas. He is also a member the American Society of Engineering Education and has served as an Associate Editor for the Transportation Science Journal as well as the Journal of Transportation Research-A. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Virginia.