Rama earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and M.S in Civil Engineering (Transportation emphasis) from University of Utah. After obtaining his masters degree, he worked as a consulting traffic engineer in Salt Lake City and Houston, before moving to Atlanta to pursue Ph.D. His primary interests include traffic flow theory and simulation. He is currently working on developing optimal ramp metering strategies for his dissertation. In his free time, Rama enjoys spending time with his family and playing tennis.