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 transportation data analysis, especially in the domains of the interactions between land use, transport (both passenger and freight), energy and environment, and the socio-spatial dependence of travel behavior. She has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Wang serves on the editorial board of ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, and Network and Spatial Economics. She is member of TRB Committee ABJ70 (Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications), AT025 (Urban Freight Transportation), 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. Dr. Wang’s study on spatial statistical modeling of transportation based on derived information from remote sensing data (LANDSAT images) has won her the Sixth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, awarded by the North American Regional Science Council; the Pikarsky Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation in Science and Technology, awarded by the Council of University Transportation Centers; and the Best Paper Award for Young Researchers, awarded by TRB Committee ABJ80. 


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
  • Integrated land use, transport and environment planning for sustainable urban system
  • Spatial statistics and econometrics
  • Transportation data acquisition and analysis
  • Transportation safety
Contact wangx18@rpi.edu
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