Li Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE. F.ITE

Li Zhang


Office: 2041 Richard A. Rula Engineering & Science Complex
P 662.325.9838


  • Ph. D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg), Civil Engineering, 2000
  • M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Computer Science & Applications, 1998
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China,(part time) Road and Railroad Engineering, 1990-1994
  • M.S. Shanghai Tiedao University (Merged with Tong Ji University in 2000), Railroad Engineering, 1986
  • B.S. Shanghai Tiedao University, Railroad Engineering, 1983

Research Interests

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles and Operations
  • Transportation System Resilience and Emergency Operations
  • Traffic Signal Control Systems and Operations
  • Traffic Simulation Modelling for Mobility and Safety
  • Multiple Modal Transportation Operations
  • Safety and Mobility of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Deliveries

Teaching Interests

  • Traffic Flow Theories and Simulation
  • Traffic Engineering and Operations
  • Geometric Design of Highway and Railroad
  • Traffic Safety and Modelling
  • Computer Applications in Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Service Interests

Associated with Saxton Transportation Research Laboratory. Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center, FHWA. Contributions (Principle Investigator) including Prototype of Traffic Signal Control System, Speed Harmonization, Open Source Microscopic Traffic Simulation Software for Mobility and Safety (18% of all FHWA open source download).

Other Scholarly Activities

  • Best Scientific Paper Award, Americas, 2016 World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Sysstmes, Melborne,
    Australia (First Author of a research paper).
  • Member in Transportation Track of IEEE VTC 2010 Fall Meeting, Ottawa, On, Canada
  • Scholarship to Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES), June 2010. Kansas City, MO. Invited by American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association.
  • TPC member in Transportation Track of IEEE VTC 2009 Spring Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Session Chairman, IEEE 6th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE, Shanghai, China Oct. 2003.
  • Session Chairman, the International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Studies, Beijing Jiaotong University and ASCE, Guiling, Guangxi, China, August, 2002.
  • Committee Member, an ASCE Transportation Conference in China, 2007
  • Committee Member/Session Co-Chair, the First International Conference on Railroad Engineering in China, BJTU, 2010