1:40pm - 3:00pm
1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village
Fengxiang Qiao, Professor and Co-director, Innovative Transportation Research Institute, Texas Southern University
Various critical environmental dilemmas have emerged with the rapid growth of fossil fuel-related transportation activities. Air pollution is one of the most harmful environmental issues, which could significantly induce life-shortening diseases such as Lung Cancer, Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease, Cardio Vascular Disease, and Stroke. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that air pollution-related diseases contribute to 2.4 million human deaths per year. The adverse impacts of air pollution include ecosystems, flora, and fauna species. There are a lot of policy and technology-driven countermeasures from the transportation sector that can significantly reduce the transportation impacts on the environment and even the entire ecological system. Major technology factors that significantly impact vehicle exhaust emissions include (1) vehicle technology, (2) fuel type, (3) roadway design and geometry, and (4) driving behaviors. In this seminar, Dr. Qiao will share his 20-year-experiences in vehicle emission measurement and modeling with a focus on three particular topics: (1) identifying vehicle exhaust emission impacts on air quality and public health; (2) characterizing pavement condition impacts on vehicle emissions, and (3) forecasting mobile source urban air pollution.
Dr. Fengxiang Qiao is the Professor and co-director of the Innovative Transportation Research Institute at Texas Southern University. Dr. Qiao received his B.E. and M.S. in Engineering from Southeast University and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Fengxiang Qiao has extensive research experience in vehicle emission testing and modeling, air quality analysis, transportation impacts on the environment and public health, transportation design, driving behavior studies, simulator tests, transportation simulation and operation, congestion mitigation, intelligent modeling of ITS data, vehicle to vehicle communication, connected vehicle message testing, etc. Dr. Qiao’s research has been supported by the US DOT UTCs, FHWA/TxDOT, and the National Science of Academies Transportation Research Board. Dr. Qiao has served as PI/Co-PI and lead investigator of 34 research projects with 6.4 million dollars awarded. His research has resulted in over 260 peer-reviewed and referred papers and five books. He is an editorial board member of eight international journals on transportation and environmental studies. He received the Best Technical Paper Award at the 2013 Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress in Japan, the 2013 TSU Distinguished Faculty Research Award, and the 2012 and 2019 Distinguished Faculty Research Award from TSU College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Dr. Qiao is a technical program committee member of many transportation-related conferences and a member of many transportation-related organizations such as TRB, ASCE, IEEE, ITS, ITE, and AWMA.