Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Her major research interest includes transportation planning, freight system modeling, and transportation economics. Her professional practices cover a wide spectrum of transportation fields, including travel demand forecasting, travel behavior analysis, sustainable transportation systems, and congestion pricing.
Dr. Wang has been investigators and partners of more than ten multi-year and multi-disciplinary research projects, funded by the international, national, and state agencies such as the VOLVO Research and Educational Foundations, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) Region II, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and so on. Meanwhile, she has been in charge of multiple travel demand model developments for both freight and passenger transportation systems in different geographical scales, with particular interest in integrating various data sources and modeling tools to facilitate decision making. In addition, as some examples of her current funded research, she is working on GIS-based performance measurement for assessing transportation sustainability and neighborhood livability, impacts of congestion pricing on travel behavior, and novel travel demand forecasting tools that address the interactions among transportation, land use, and economic development, particularly in small geographical scales and in dynamic fashion.
Dr. Wang has authored dozens of research papers in the leading international transportation journals and conferences. She is also the elective members of several well-recognized international and national research committees and organizations, such as the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Urban Freight Transportation, the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Freight Mobility Council, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Project Panel, and the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA).
Dr. Wang has been serving in the review boards of more than ten international and national journals, conference proceedings and research entities. She was also a selected fellow of the NSF funded PASI-TS (Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Transportation Sciences) in 2005, and received a major technology innovation award in China, i.e., the Science and Technology Progress Award, for her contributions in the research project of Design Regulations for At-grade Intersections on Urban Streets in 2002.