Dr. Lei Zhang is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Maryland Transportation Institute at the University of Maryland (UMD). He previously served as the director of the National Transportation Center at UMD. Dr. Zhang has published more than 260 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on topics including large-scale urban and transportation systems modeling and simulation, smart cities, emerging data and data-driven decision making, and innovative mobility solutions. He has led more than 50 research projects to successful completion and received $53 million in external funding support as PI from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Strategic Highway Research Program, National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration and other organizations.
A leading expert on societal and environmental impacts of transportation networks and urban infrastructure has been tapped to lead the Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) as the institute expands the scope of its research activities and impact.
Civil and environmental engineering professor Deb Niemeier, who is the inaugural Clark Distinguished Chair at UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, will advance new interdisciplinary MTI initiatives aimed at: (1) establishing a DataLab at MTI that will facilitate research data sharing, data science research, and data-driven decision-making; (2) bringing in expertise across campus to improve the multimodal transportation system and built environment; and (3) expanding existing MTI collaboration with partner universities in Maryland, including Morgan State University and University of Maryland-Baltimore.
“I look forward to working with MTI constituents to realize our shared vision for MTI—transforming MTI into an intellectual hub that promotes knowledge sharing and support decision-making at federal, state and local levels in collaboration with all our academic, government and private-sector partners,” Niemeier said.