Dr. Lei Zhang is the Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the National Transportation Center at the University of Maryland – College Park (UMD). He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and Applied Economics and a Ph.D. degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Zhang has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on topics including large-scale transportation systems modeling and simulation, travel behavior, network dynamics, transportation economics and policy, and innovative mobility and sustainability solutions. He has received external funding support from NSF, USDOT, DOE, FHWA, SHRP2, NCHRP, and other federal and state agencies and private foundations, exceeding $24 million. Dr. Zhang has served in leadership roles at many conferences, expert panels, editorial boards and professional societies. Dr. Zhang is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the TRB Fred Burggraf Award, U.S. Department of State APEC Science Prize, and many international best paper awards.
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