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Lalita Thakali










Lalita Thakali, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
University of Waterloo
Office: E2-2302
Phone: (519)888-4567, ext. 31170
E-mail: lthakali@uwaterloo.ca

About Lalita

Lalita has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, and recently, a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her doctoral research focused on the application of various modeling approaches, including traditional and machine learning approaches, and GIS platform for solving transportation problems. In her recent work, she has contributed to a number of projects from Transport Canada and Ministry of Transportation Ontario. She also has working experience in road geometry design, road construction supervision and transportation planning.

Research Interests

  • Road safety analysis
  • Transportation mobility analysis
  • Transportation demand management
  • Transit & urban transport modeling


  • Best Student Paper Award, organized by CARSP conference in Halifax (2016)
  • University of Waterloo Departmental Graduate Scholarship (2012- 2016)
  • Graduate Research Studentship, UW (2011-2016)
  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women, UW (2011)
  • Nepal Bidda-Bhusan Award (2009)
  • The Barbara and John Hugh Jones Award, AIT (2008)
  • The Hiromichi Seya Award, AIT (2008)
  • First Runner-up Award in thesis competition (2008)
  • Royal Thai King Scholarship, AIT (2006-2008)
  • Nepal Government Scholarship, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2000-2004)
  • Gandaki Boarding School Scholarship, Nepal (1992-2000)


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