Dr. Cara Wang received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses primarily on investigating the relationships between land use, passenger and freight transport, energy, and the environment, as well as the spatial interdependence of travel behavior. She has numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She was awarded the Pikarsky Prize for the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation and the Franz Edelman Award by INFORMS. Dr. Wang was previously the president of the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and a member of the TRB Committees ABJ70 (Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications) and AT015 (Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics). Dr. Wang has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the U.S. State Department of Transportation (USDOT), and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), among others.
Transportation data acquisition and analysis, Spatial statistics and econometrics, Emerging technologies in transportation system, Decision behavior modeling, Transportation safety, Freight transportation