Kevan Shafizadeh, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Kevan Shafizadeh is the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at California State University, Sacramento (“Sacramento State”), where he manages the day-to-day operations of the college consisting of five academic departments and one academic program with approximately 4,000 students and 80 full-time faculty and staff.

Dr. Shafizadeh earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis. He completed a doctoral degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002 at the University of Washington, during which time he spent a year helping to teach and develop curriculum in a Seattle public middle school science class. After completing his Ph.D., he returned to UC Davis as a post-doctoral research engineer and instructor.

In 2004, Dr. Shafizadeh joined the faculty at Sacramento State as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, where he headed the transportation engineering area and taught courses in transportation engineering and planning, statistics, and computer applications. In 2009, he was promoted to the position of associate professor and granted tenure. In 2012, he was elected to serve as department chair and was honored by the college with the Outstanding Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of full professor during his term as department chair. He was appointed as interim associate dean in June 2015 and as permanent associate dean in June 2016.

For over two decades, Dr. Shafizadeh has been involved in a wide range transportation engineering projects. (A list of selected publications is available here.) He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in California, a certified Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). He has worked with many state and local departments of transportation (DOTs) and transportation-related agencies. He continues to serve as an independent consultant to engineering firms and litigation firms representing clients throughout California and Nevada involved in transportation-related projects and cases. He currently serves as the technical director of California’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center, which provides training and technical assistance to local transportation agencies throughout the state.

Dr. Shafizadeh remains an active member of the greater engineering community. He is fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), serving on education, safety, and forensics and risk management councils. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and volunteers as civil engineering program evaluator (PEV) for ABET, the nonprofit, non-governmental accreditation body for university engineering programs.

In his spare time, he enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, including playing basketball, bicycling, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, fly fishing, and swimming. Above all, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He, his wife, Tracy, and their two boys live in East Sacramento near the Sacramento State campus.

You are invited to contact Dr. Shafizadeh by sending e-mail to You can also follow him on Twitter @KevanShafizadeh.