Dr. Lei Zhu

Dr. Lei Zhu

Assistant Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering

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I am currently an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before joining UNC Charlotte, I served as an Advanced Transportation Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CO. I have worked at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) as a postdoctoral fellow. My research interests include Smart and Sustainable Mobility Systems, Spatial Sensing Technologies.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering), The University of Arizona
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Dalian Maritime University


  • SEGR 2105 Computational Methods for Systems Engineering I


  • Smart Mobility and Spatial Sensing (GPS/GIS/LiDAR/Camera/Radar)
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Transportation
  • Shared and Automated Mobility and Micro-mobility Modeling and Simulation
  • Transportation Sustainability, Safety, and Electrification

Honors and Awards

  • Best Poster Award, ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development (ICTD 2018), Pittsburgh, PA, 2018
  • NREL Director’s Award, NREL, 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer for Transportation Research Part C and Case Studies on Transport Policy, Elsevier
  • Delbert Lewis Graduate Scholarship, University of Arizona

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Standing Committee on Geographic Information Science (AED40) of Transportation Research Broad (TRB)
  • Presiding, TRB 99th Annual Meeting Workshop “Infrastructure Spatial Sensing at Intersections,” sponsored by ABJ60 and ABC40, 2020
  • Mentor, TRB Young Members Council Planning & Environment Mentoring Program, 2019
  • Reviewer for over 20 journals including IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation Research Part C, IET Intelligent Transport Systems, Journal of Advanced Transportation, International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology, etc.