Academic and Research Faculty

ITS-Davis faculty with a blue badge are affiliated with the Graduate Group in Transportation Technology and Policy (TTP).

Daniel Sperling

  • Founding Director, ITS-Davis;
  • Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science
  • Transportation, energy, and climate policy
  • "3 Revolutions" of automated, shared, and electric vehicles
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Ralph C. Aldredge III

  • 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

Gwen Arnold

  • Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Energy policy and planning
  • Use and interpretation of scientific knowledge/information in environmental policy decisions and processes
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Francis F. Assadian

  • 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
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Jesus Barajas

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Transportation Equity
  • Why and how people travel
  • Planning and policy based on differences in travel behavior and safety
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Alison M. Berry

  • 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

Austin Brown

  • Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Executive Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
  • Climate policy
  • Transportation equity and environmental justice
  • New mobility and automation policy and impacts
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David S. Bunch

  • Professor, Graduate School of Management
  • Consumer choice behavior
  • Choice modeling
  • New product development and introduction
  • Travel behavior, vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles
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Andrew F. Burke

  • Research Engineer, ITS-Davis
  • Electric and hybrid vehicle design, analysis, and testing
  • Applications of batteries and ultracapacitors for electric vehicles

James Bushnell

  • Professor, Economics
  • Industrial organization and regulation
  • Energy economics and policy
  • Environmental economics
  • Game theoretic optimization models
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Lijuan (Dawn) Cheng

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 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

Giovanni Circella

  • Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, ITS Davis
  • 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
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Harry A. Dwyer

  • Professor Emeritus, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Fluid Dynamics, Droplet Dynamics, Biological Fluid Dynamics
  • Combustion and Flame Propagation, Internal Combustion Engines
  • Chimera Grid Methods, and Numerical Methods

Paul Anders Erickson

  • 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
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Yueyue Fan

  • 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
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Y. Hossein Farzin

  • Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
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Beth Ferguson

  • Assistant Professor, Design
  • Bike share
  • Solar charging for electric vehicles
  • Public transportation
  • Autonomous electric vehicle share systems
  • Sustainable urban design
  • Ecological materials
  • Social entrepreneurship
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Dillon Fitch

  • Professional Researcher, Co-Director BicyclingPlus Research Collaborative
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Andrew A. Frank

  • 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

Lewis M. Fulton

  • Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways)
  • International transport and energy policy
  • Transportation technology potential, costs and benefits
  • Global energy transition modeling

Joanna R. Groza

  • Professor Emeritus, College of Engineering
  • Electrical Field/Current Activated Sintering

Susan L. Handy

  • 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
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Scott Hardman

  • Professional Researcher, Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
  • Consumer Responses to Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Travel Behavior
  • Policy Analysis
  • Global Alternative Fuel Vehicle Markets
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Andrew B. Hargadon

  • 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

John Harvey

  • 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
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Rebecca Hernandez

  • 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
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Miguel Jaller

  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and transportation engineering
  • Sustainable transportation systems
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Supply chain management
  • Operations research
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Bryan Jenkins

  • 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
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Alan Jenn

  • Assistant Professional Researcher, ITS-Davis
  • Alternative fuel vehicle adoption
  • Transitions to sustainable energy systems
  • Quantitative policy analysis
  • Big data statistical analysis
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Alissa Kendall

  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Life cycle modeling applied to transportation systems
  • Energy systems
  • Construction materials, and buildings, with the goal of developing sustainable systems
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Ian M. Kennedy

  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Nanotechnology

Behdad Kiani

  • Assistant Project Scientist, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways)
  • Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Vehicle grid integration
  • Smart grids
  • Storage systems
  • Integrated energy systems modeling
  • Techno-economic optimization
  • Grid integration
  • Renewable energy
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Carbon tax policy

Sangtae Kim

  • 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

Michael Kleeman

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Study of urban and regional air quality problems
  • Composition of atmospheric particles and gas-to-particle conversion processes

Kurt Kornbluth

  • Assistant Adjunct Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Renewable energy technologies
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Ken Kurani

  • 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

Xinfan Lin

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Battery system (modeling, diagnostic, and control), Electric vehicle, Automotive system, Vehicle to grid
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Frank Loge

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
  • Water and waste
  • Water treatment
  • Water reuse
  • Small and decentralized waste treatment
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Mark Lubell

  • Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Human behavior
  • Role of governance institutions in solving collective action problems and facilitating cooperation
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Alan Meier

  • Faculty Researcher and Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Center
  • Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Adjunct Professor, UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy
  • How people and equipment use energy; opportunities to reduce energy consumption
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Marshall Miller

  • 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

Sabbie Miller

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Alternative materials development
  • Sustainability and structural design
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Patricia L. Mokhtarian

  • 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
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Erich Muehlegger

  • Associate Professor, Economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Public finance
  • Economic regulation
  • Environmental policy
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Debbie A. Niemeier

  • Professor Emerita, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Air Quality - Transportation
  • Transportation - Climate Change
  • Transportation - Energy - Land Use
  • Infrastructure Funding Policy
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Kevin Novan

  • Associate 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
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Joan Ogden

  • Professor Emerita, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Technical and economic assessment of new energy technologies
  • Modeling hydrogen infrastructure development
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Ahmet Palazoglu

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Modeling
  • Control and analysis of complex systems

Jae Wan Park

  • 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
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Susan Pike

  • Assistant Professional Researcher
  • Travel Behavior
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Public Transit
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James F. Quinn

  • Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental applications of Semantic Web technologies

David Rapson

  • Associate Professor, Economics
  • Industrial Organization
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Bahram Ravani

  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Computational kinematics and dynamics
  • Bio-dynamics of impact trauma
  • Computational geometry in design and manufacturing

Caroline Rodier

  • 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

Simon Sadler

  • Professor of Architectural and Urban History and Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis
  • Urbanism
  • Design
  • Bicycles and cars
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Angela Sanguinetti

  • Research Ecological Behaviorist
  • Innovative eco-feedback
  • Consumer adoption of resource-efficient technologies and behaviors
  • Built environment impacts on sustainable behavior

Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn

  • 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

Julie Schoenung

  • Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Nanostructured and ultrafine grained materials

Tyler Scott

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental Science and Policy
  • Regulation and policymaking
  • Utility and infrastructure governance
  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Collaborative governance
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James Sharpnack

  • Assistant Professor, Statistics
  • statistical machine learning
  • graph signal processing
  • anomaly detection
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Jeff Sherman

  • 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
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Fraser Shilling

  • Academic Coordinator
  • Transportation ecology, the interactions of transportation systems with ecosystems and human communities
  • Indicators of ecosystem performance, and policy issues associated with water pollution
  • Impact of sea level rise on integrated planning of shoreline ecosystems and transportation
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Iman Soltani

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Manufacturing Automation
  • Preventive maintenance and industrial diagnosis
  • Precision instrumentation
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Daniel Sperling

  • Founding Director, ITS-Davis;
  • Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science
  • Transportation, energy, and climate policy
  • "3 Revolutions" of automated, shared, and electric vehicles
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Pieter Stroeve

  • Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Co-Director, California Solar Collaborative
  • Solar energy
  • Colloid and surface science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Electrochemical engineering

Gil Tal

  • 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
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Anthony S. Wexler

  • Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Land, Air, and Water Resources
  • Director, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory
  • Air pollution
  • Biomedical engineering

Stephen Wheeler

  • 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
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James E. Wilen

  • Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics

Julie Witcover

  • Assistant Project Scientist, UC Davis
  • Indirect land use effect of biofuels policy

Christopher Yang

  • 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
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H. Michael Zhang

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation systems operations
  • Traffic flow theory
  • Traffic control
  • Dynamic traffic assignment
  • Intelligent transportation systems
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