Acharya, Tri Dev

Tri Dev Acharya is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Futures | Sustainable Freight at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), University of California, Davis. He is involved in UC Davis Hydrogen Study Group which is studying future hydrogen system design, scale-up, and optimization within California. His responsibilities are collecting and building a geo-spatial database and performing various spatial analyses such as location-allocation and suitability analysis for the deployment of both hydrogen production and refueling infrastructure for heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles.

Before UC Davis, he received his BE degree in Geomatics from Kathmandu University, Nepal, in 2011, and his Combined MS and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at Kangwon National University, Korea, in 2018. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Korea and China focusing on geospatial data preparation, modeling, and simulation of land cover, surface water, disaster, and transportation.

Besides research, Tri Dev is also very active in mentoring first-generation and early career professionals through his #Mentor4Nepal Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to help recent graduates and early career professionals focus on enhancing their skillset and provide support for a research project and a collaborative publication. His profile was recently featured on UC Davis Engineering an Inclusive Future:

Qian, Xiaodong

Dr. Qian is currently a postdoc in the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering is from UC Davis.

He has strong theoretical foundations and practical experience in transportation engineering. His research interests are in the areas of transportation equity, emerging mobilities (e.g., shared micro-mobility and CAVs), transportation safety and health, and GIS in urban planning. He has scientific and technical publications in several journals, e.g., Journal of Transport Geography, Journal of Transportation Research Part A, Journal of Transportation Research Part D, and Journal of Transport and Health. Dr. Qian has also served the academic community by acting as a reviewer for top tier peer-reviewed journals, e.g., Science of the Total Environment, Journal of Transport and Health, and Journal of Transport Geography.

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Venkataram, Prashanth

Prashanth Venkataram is a postdoctoral researcher in the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). His research interests primarily focus on understanding the state of current and future transportation systems for people with disabilities, and what policies may lead to beneficial outcomes for such passengers; these questions lie within the intersection of broader questions about socioeconomic equity, sustainability, and land use in the context of transportation. Before coming to UC Davis, Prashanth received a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MA and PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Le, Tho V

Tho Le is a postdoctoral scholar in the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the University of California, Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies. Tho got a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA. Tho also earned a Master’s degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Hiroshima University, Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from University of Transport and Communications, Vietnam.

Tho has been working on several topics including the adoption and impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles, travel behavior, demand modeling, survey design and implementation, freight transport and logistics, traffic safety, and transportation management.

Tho has experiences in research, consulting, engineering, and project management in areas that intersect his diverse background in transportation engineering and operations research.