Patricia L. Mokhtarian

Clifford and William Greene, Jr. Professor
Regents Professor
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Patricia Mokhtarian is a Regents Professor and the Clifford and William Greene, Jr. Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She joined Georgia Tech in 2013, after 23 years on the faculty of the University of California, Davis. Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the study of travel behavior for more than 40 years, and has authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as numerous book chapters and research reports. A key research interest has been the impact of telecommunications technology on travel behavior (particularly teleworking adoption and impacts), with additional interests in land use and transportation interactions (especially the influence of the built environment on travel behavior, after accounting for self-selection), attitudes toward travel itself, time use and multitasking, congestion-response behavior, and subjective well-being. She is a past Chair of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that society in 2021. Dr. Mokhtarian was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2024, and serves on the editorial boards of nine transportation journals.

  • Impacts of land use on travel behavior (particularly including residential location and residential self-selection issues)
  • Impacts of telecommunications technology on travel behavior
  • The need to travel for its own sake
  • Multitasking attitudes and behavior, especially during travel
  • Commuters’ responses to congestion or to system disruptions

In the News

Patricia Mokhtarian Named Regents' Professor

17 April 2024

Mokhtarian is one of five College of Engineering faculty members honored with Regents’ appointments by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. The titles are the highest distinction from the system and recognize faculty members for academic, innovation, and entrepreneurial excellence.

Generating Buzz: Remote Work in a Post-Pandemic World

01 April 2024

Professor Patricia Mokhtarian's research examines the effects of telecommunications technology on travel behavior and multitasking attitudes. In the latest episode of the Generating Buzz podcast, she shares her opinion on why remote work is here to stay and what aspects of office culture are worth holding on to.

Patricia Mokhtarian Elected to National Academy of Engineering

06 February 2024

Two College of Engineering professors are among the newest members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the organization announced Feb. 6. Patricia Mokhtarian and David Sholl are part of a 2024 class that includes 114 new members and 21 international members. Election to the NAE is an honor bestowed on just 2,600 professionals worldwide.