Xiaokun (Cara) Wang

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Cara Wang got her BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University and her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her  research mainly focuses on the analysis of the interactions between land use, transport (both passenger and freight), energy and environment, and the spatial dependence of travel behavior. She has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She is recipient of Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation and INFORMS Franz Edelman Award. Dr. Wang is Vice President of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA), member of TRB Committee ABJ70 (Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications) and AT015 (Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics). Dr. Wang has been PI and Co-PI of research projects sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP), New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), U.S. State Department of Transportation, among others.


PhD degree in Civil Engineering The University of Texas at Austin
MS degree in Civil Engineering Tsinghua University, China
BS degree in Civil Engineering Tsinghua University, China

Research Focus
  • Transportation data acquisition and analysis
  • Spatial statistics and econometrics
  • Emerging technologies in transportation system
  • Decision behavior modeling
  • Transportation safety
  • Freight transportation
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