Khandker Nurul Habib is the Percy Edward Hart Professor in Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. Professor Khandker Nurul Habib completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto ( CIV PhD 0T7 ). After finishing his Ph.D., he joined the University of Alberta as an assistant professor in civil engineering. He worked for the University of Alberta from 2008 to 2010 and was responsible for re-building the graduate program in transportation engineering.

He moved to Toronto to join his Alma Mater in 2010. He is currently leading the research programs in sustainable transportation planning, demand modelling, and travel survey methods (the Travel Demand Modelling Group: TDMG) at the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute (UTTRI) of the civil engineering department. Professor Nurul Habib has extensive research and consulting experiences in transportation engineering and planning. His overall research focus is sustainable transportation planning and policy development. For this, he recognizes that we need a clear understanding of peoples' transportation behaviour and appropriate methodology for capturing such behaviour while forecasting demand for transportation infrastructure or results of any transportation and land-use policies.

For his pioneering contribution in these areas, he received numerous national and international awards. Professor Habib serves as an Editorial Adviser to the journal "Transportation", "Transportmetrica A", an Editor of the journal "Transportation Research Records" and an Associate Editor of the journal "Transportation Letters". He is a member of two standing committees of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). These are "AEP30: Travel Behavior and Values"; and "AEP50: Travel Demand Forecasting". He served on the Committee "ADB20: ICT and Transportation" for 10 years (2010 to 2020). He served as the "Committee Research Coordinator (CRR)" and "Paper Review Coordinator" of AEP30(former ADB10) for 5 years (2016 to 2021). He is the current chair of AEP30: Traveler Behaviour and Values.


  • Post Doctoral Fellow June 2007–April 2008, Joint Program in Transportation, University of Toronto

  • Ph.D. (June 2007)– Univ. of Toronto, Dept. of Civil Engineering; Thesis Title – Modelling Activity Generation Processes

  • Masters of Applied Science and Engineering (June 2002), Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering & Technology, Dept. of Civil Engineering; Thesis Title – Evaluation of Planning Options to Alleviate Traffic Congestion and Resulting Air Pollutions in Dhaka City

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (June 2000) – Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering & Technology, Dept. of Civil Engineering; Thesis Title – Modelling Flat Plate Building Structures under Lateral Loads

Major Employments

  • University of Toronto, Civil & Mineral Engg: (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant ProfessorMay 2010–Present

  • University of Alberta, Civil & Environmental Engg: (Assistant ProfessorMar 2008–Apr 2010

  • Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Civil Engg: (Assistant Professor, Lecturer) Jan 2000 - Aug 2003


  • 2021 Jim Davey Award for the best Student (PhD Category) Co-authored paper  by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF)

  • 2020 Sandford Fleming Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

  • 2019 ‘Percy Edward Hart Early Career Professorship’, FASE, University of Toronto

  • 2016 Trottier Fellowship (Transport Energy), Institut de Energie Trottier, Montreal, Canada

  • 2013 Minister’s Award for Transport (Process) Innovation, Alberta Ministry of Transport.

  • 2012 Educational Achievement Award, Transportation Association of Canada

  • 2012 Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation

  • 2012 Outstanding Paper Award in Freight Transpiration, Transportation Research Board, USA

  • 2009 Pyke Johnson Award, Transportation Research Board, USA

  • 2008 Eric I. Pas Award (Honorable Mention), Intl. Assoc. of Travel Behaviour Research

  • 2006 Michael von Aerde Award, Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineering

  • 2006 Bombardier Ian Bowland Award, Canadian Transportation Research Forum

Professional Memberships & representation

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) & membership number is 100123085: 2010–Present

  • Member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE)

  • Member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB): 2006–Present

  • The University of Toronto Representative to the TRB: 2012–Present

  • The University of Alberta Representative to the TRB: 2008–2010

  • Student Chapter (University of Toronto) Faculty Advisor: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE): 2012–2015

  • Student Chapter (Univ. of Alberta) Faculty Advisor: Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE): 2008–2010

  • Faculty Member of Galbraith Society of Engineering Student Mentorship Program, University of Toronto: 2012–Present

  • Member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC): 2010–Present

  • Member of the International Association of Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR): 2006–Present

  • Member of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF): 2006–Present

  • Member of World Society for Transportation and Land Use Research (WSTLUR): 2013–Present

  • Member of Regional Science Association International (RSAI): 2004–Present

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in Alberta (APEGA): 2009–2010