Academic and Research Faculty

Blue highlights indicate ITS-Davis faculty who are affiliated with the Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP).

Name Title Research Interests

Founding Director, ITS-Davis
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
Faculty Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy
  • Transportation technology assessment
  • Energy and environmental aspects of transportation
  • Transportation policy
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Analytical, computational and experimental studies of turbulent flame propagation and combustion instabilities
  • Development of computational models and algorithms for simulation of reactive-flow dynamics
  • Biological-fluid dynamics
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Energy policy and planning
  • Use and interpretation of scientific knowledge/information in environmental policy decisions and processes
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mathematical modeling and simulation of dynamic systems-bond graph approach
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Global chassis control systems
  • Alternative powertrain
  • Energy optimization
  • Automatic and robust control
Professor, Plant Sciences
Director, UC Davis Road Ecology Center, John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE)
  • Nitrogen-fixing plants
  • Plant-microbe interactions in symbiotic biological nitrogen fixation
Professor, Graduate School of Management
  • Consumer choice behavior
  • Choice modeling
  • New product development and introduction
  • Travel behavior, vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles
Research Engineer, ITS-Davis
  • Electric and hybrid vehicle design, analysis, and testing
  • applications of batteries and ultracapacitors for electric vehicles
Professor, Economics
  • Industrial organization and regulation
  • Energy economics and policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Game theoretic optimization models
Associate Professor
  • Innovative Infrastructures and Rehabilitation using Advanced Composite Materials
  • Large-scale Testing and Numerical Simulations
  • Design, Analysis and Durability of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites
  • Design and Analysis of Bridges
  • Engineered Materials using Recycle Tires
Assistant Professional Researcher
  • Travel Behavior
  • Personal Attitudes and Lifestyles
  • Travel Demand Forecast
  • Discrete Choice Modeling
  • Emerging Trends in Transportation and Shared Mobility Services
  • Mobility of Young Adults (Millennials)
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Impact of Information Communication Technology (ICT) on Transportation
  • Land Use Modeling
  • Smart Growth and Sustainable Transportation
  • Land Use and Transportation Interaction
  • Energy Consumption from Transportation and Land Use
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Fluid Dynamics, Droplet Dynamics, Biological Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion and Flame Propagation, Internal Combustion Engines
  • Chimera Grid Methods, and Numerical Methods
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Electric and Hybrid Drive Vehicles
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles and Power Systems
  • Hydrogen Production and Utilization
  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Solar Energy Utilization
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation and renewable energy infrastructure system modeling and optimization
  • Critical transportation and energy system protection
  • Adaptive network routing and research allocation processes
  • Stochastic and dynamic system modeling and computational methods
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
Emeritus Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical design
  • Control systems
  • Electric-hybrid vehicles
  • Internal combustion engine design
  • Dynamics of machines
  • Automated highways
  • Ground transportation systems
Co-Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways)
  • International transport and energy policy
  • Transportation technology potential, costs and benefits
  • Global energy transition modeling
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering
  • Electrical Field/Current Activated Sintering
Chair, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
Graduate Adviser, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
Interim Director, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS)
Associate Director for Education, Institute of Transportation Studies
Director, National Center for Sustainable Transportation
  • Relationships between transportation and land use
  • The impact of land use on travel behavior
  • Factors influencing bicycling as a mode of travel
  • Strategies for reducing automobile dependence
Professor of Technology Management
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Graduate School of Management
Director, Energy Efficiency Center
  • The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Development and commercialization of sustainable technologies
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Principal Investigator, UC Pavement Research Center
  • Pavement engineering, including materials, construction, design, management, life cycle cost and environmental life cycle assessment
Assistant Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
  • Energy geography and energy knowledge systems
  • Environmental impacts, trade-offs, and synergies of energy development
  • Land use, land sparing, and energy infrastructure planning
  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Sustainable solar energy development and wildlife interactions
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Transportation Engineering
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Research
Professor, Biology and Agricultural Engineering
  • Energy systems in agriculture
  • Biomass fuel production, thermal conversion, and environmental impacts
  • Combustion and gasification of biomass fuels
  • Properties of fuels
  • System models
Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Life cycle modeling applied to transportation systems
  • Energy systems
  • Construction materials, and buildings, with the goal of developing sustainable systems.
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Mass and charge at solid interfaces
  • Size effects on oxygen and proton conduction in solids
  • Solid oxide fuel cells, Nanoscale chemical/bio-sensors
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Study of urban and regional air quality problems
  • Composition of atmospheric particles and gas-to-particle conversion processes
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Renewable energy technologies
Associate Researcher, ITS-Davis
  • Household response to alternative fuel and electric-drive vehicles
  • Energy, climate, and environment in household travel choices
  • Behavioral theory in transportation and energy
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Battery system (modeling, diagnostic, and control), Electric vehicle, Automotive system, Vehicle to grid
Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics and Environmental Science & Policy
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Applied Microeconomics
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Water and waste
  • Water treatment
  • Water reuse
  • Small and decentralized waste treatment
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Human behavior
  • Role of governance institutions in solving collective action problems and facilitating cooperation
Faculty Researcher and Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Center
Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • How people and equipment use energy; opportunities to reduce energy consumption
Senior Development Engineer, ITS-Davis
  • Reducing greenhouse gases in the transportation sector using new fuels and vehicle technologies
  • Modeling the transportation sector (especially trucking) to understand the effect of integrating new technologies into the various truck fleets
  • Laboratory testing of batteries and ultracapacitors
Professor Emerita, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Impact of telecommunications technology on travel behavior
  • Land use and transportation interactions
  • Attitudes toward travel
  • Congestion-response behavior
  • Travel time budgets
  • Transportation/air quality impacts of transportation demand management measures
Associate Professor, Economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Public finance
  • Economic regulation
  • Environmental policy
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Sustainable Design Academy
  • Air Quality-Transportation
  • Transportation-Climate Change
  • Transportation-Energy-Land Use
  • Infrastructure Funding Policy
Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Energy and environmental economics, focusing primarily on questions surrounding the design and implementation of policies targeted towards the electricity sector
  • Quantifies the impact of renewable electricity on pollution
  • Examines the social costs and benefits of storing electricity
  • Evaluates the energy and pollution savings provided by residential energy efficiency investments.
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
Director, NextSTEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways)
  • Technical and economic assessment of new energy technologies
  • Modeling hydrogen infrastructure development
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Modeling
  • Control and analysis of complex systems
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, UC Davis Green Transportation Laboratory
Director Kor-US Transportation Study Program, ITS-Davis
Director UC Davis Formula Hybrid racing team
  • Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells: a. Flow field design, test and modeling to improve performance and stability. b. PEM fuel cell cold start and water management.
  • Lithium ion battery: a. Test and modeling to investigate temperature effect and thermal management. b. Demonstration of smart electrical energy storage (EES) system using second life EV batteries.
  • HEV power train design and simulation.
Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental applications of Semantic Web technologies
Associate Professor, Economics
  • Industrial Organization
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Computational kinematics and dynamics
  • Bio-dynamics of impact trauma
  • Computational geometry in design and manufacturing,
Chair, U.S. Transportation Research Board Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public
Transport and Technologies
Associate Director, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS)
  • Integrative modeling
  • Transportation and land use planning
  • Environmental policy analysis
Professor of Architectural and Urban History and Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis
  • Urbanism
  • Design
  • Bicycles and cars
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Scaled Model Aerospace and Research Laboratory (SMARTLAB)
Co-Director, Transportation Noise Control Center (TNCC)
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Systems/Vehicles Structural Dynamics
  • Acoustics and Aeroeasticity
  • Vibroacoustics
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Nanostructured and ultrafine grained materials
Professor, Psychology
  • Investigates the cognitive processes underlying social psychology and behavior.
  • How people acquire stereotypes and prejudice
  • How stereotypes and prejudice affect our perceptions and memories of other people, the extent to which these biases are efficient or even automatic,
  • How people may or may not control unwanted stereotypes and prejudices.
Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Co-Director, California Solar Collaborative
  • Solar energy
  • Colloid and surface science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Electrochemical engineering
Research Director, The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
Transportation Research Director, The China Center for Energy and Transportation
Admission Graduate Advisor, Graduate Groups in Transportation Technology, and Policy (TTP)
  • Travel behavior, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Travel Demand Modeling, Transportation Planning, Environmental Policy
  • Non motorized transportation
  • Creation and use of data in transportation planning process
Director, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center
Research Anthropologist
  • The role of travel and movement in the evolution of culture, society and lifestyle
Director, China Center for Energy and Transportation
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Land, Air, and Water Resources
Director, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory
  • Air Pollution
  • Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Landscape Architecture Program, Department of Environmental Design
  • Climate change planning for mitigation and adaptation
  • Evolution of built landscapes in metropolitan regions
  • Theory and practice of sustainable development
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Economics
Assistant Project Scientist, UC Davis
  • Indirect land use effect of biofuels policy
Research Scientist, ITS-Davis
  • Infrastructure analysis of hydrogen and electricity for vehicle fuels
  • Role of transportation alternative fuels and advanced vehicles in reducing energy system greenhouse gas emissions
  • Energy system modeling for policy analysis
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation systems operations
  • Traffic flow theory
  • Traffic control
  • Dynamic traffic assignment
  • Intelligent transportation systems