SHA Analytics LLC was founded in 2014 by Sara H. Amiri, Ph.D., a consulting applied economist and policy analyst with a background in civil engineering. Dr. Amiri specializes in the application of analytical methods to provide decision support for infrastructure projects, programs, and policies from the evaluation and planning stage to design, implementation and operation. Her expertise includes policy analysis, triple-bottom-line benefit-cost analysis, quantitative cost and schedule risk analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, financial forecasting and analysis, return on investment studies, multi-criteria decision analysis and data analysis.
Dr. Amiri has worked on a wide range of projects, including LA Metro ARTI Public Private Partnership Project value for money analysis and business case development, Arizona DOT’s South Mountain Freeway Public Private Partnership Project value for money analysis, Caltrans’ I-5 North construction projects’ cost and schedule risk analysis and management, I-15 Express Lanes feasibility study for Riverside County Transportation Commission, financial forecasting model and plan development for City of LA Bureau of Sanitation Long Range Solid Resources Integrated Resources Plan, benefit-cost analysis of LA Streetcar Project for LA DOT and economic impact and risk assessment for SANBAG’s Redlands Rail Project. She has also co-authored and presented several policy research papers, including measuring the societal benefits of deploying and subsidizing electric vehicles, measuring consumers’ valuation of fuel efficiency using a hedonic pricing approach, and quantifying the implications of a large-scale adoption of hybrid-electric vehicles on U.S. transportation finance.
Prior to founding SHA Analytics LLC, Dr. Amiri was a senior consultant with HDR, a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and a consultant at the World Bank. She earned her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School with an analytical concentration in quantitative methods and a policy specialization in the field of energy and environmental policy. She also holds a M.Sc. in engineering policy analysis, a B.Sc. in civil engineering, and a certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate.
Dr. Amiri has lived and worked in the US, Middle East and Europe and speaks English, Persian and some German. She has been a member of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Los Angeles chapter since 2008 and is a 2010 ENO Transportation Foundation fellow.