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Zhang, Lei

Zhang, Lei

Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor
Director, Maryland Transportation Institute
Civil and Environmental Engineering
3244 Jeong H. Kim Building


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2006
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 2005
  • M.S., University of Minnesota, 2002
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, 2000



  • Transportation and urban systems analysi
  • Land use and transportation planning
  • Transportation economics and policy
  • Innovative pricing and financing
  • Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
  • Traveler information systems
  • Mathematical and agent-based simulation models with applications in ITS, demand forecasting, and network dynamics

New Data Shows States Not Meeting Reopening Benchmarks

University of Maryland’s SERA Metrics Track Readiness Indicators

Social Distancing: Drop Seen for First Time Since Outbreak

“Quarantine fatigue” is recorded in 48 states.

Shelter-in-place Compliance Remains Low, UMD Research Finds

Data Analysis Shows Erratic Response to COVID-19 Restrictions

COVID-19 Decision Making Gets a Big Data Boost

UMD’s Maryland Transportation Institute and CATT Lab are analyzing data gleaned from mobile devices.

MTI Appoints Deb Niemeier as Co-Director

Niemeier will advance new initiatives, including a DataLab designed to facilitate research.

UMD Presents New Research at TRB Annual Meeting

Papers and poster sessions addressed topics ranging from crash data analysis to tracking the outcomes of major highway projects.

MTI Announces Seed Grant Awardees

Five new proposals have been selected for seed grants under a program designed to support interdisciplinary research.

New Funding Opportunity for MTI Faculty Affiliates

Proposals are now being accepted for MTI’s Initiative Leader and Faculty Incentive Program.

Highway Project Database Provides “One-Stop Shop”

A team at UMD’s Maryland Transportation Institute has pulled together key data on major projects nationwide.

UMD Names Deb Niemeier as Inaugural Clark Distinguished Chair

Niemeier is the first of several endowed Clark Distinguished Chairs to be appointed through the Clark Foundation investment.

CEE Shows Strong Presence at TRB 98th Annual Meeting

Department faculty, staff, and students were highly active at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting.

It's Not (Just) About the Destination

MTI experts shine a light on how travelers move between and within metropolitan areas.

The App that Fights Congestion, Emissions

UMD transportation engineers develop incenTrip to nudge users toward greener, more efficient travel decisions.

UMD Transportation Experts Awarded $1 Million DOE Grant to Reduce Transportation Energy Use and Emissions

Led by CATT Lab, the project could shape how agencies operate and design the transportation network.

Hogan Administration Launches Work Group to Pursue MTI Recommendations for a Possible Autonomous Technology Center

MTI examined the technical, economic, and regulatory feasibility of a center in Western Maryland.

MTI App that Rewards Smart Commuting Featured in Washington Post, City Lab

incenTrip uses predictive modeling and real-time information to reduce congestion and energy use.

MTI and Battelle to Build Database for Public-Private Partnerships

The database will help state and local governments know when and how to best engage in P3s.

State, university officials celebrate launch of newly formed, cross-discipline transportation institute

The Maryland Transportation Institute will coordiate more than $20 million in annual research expenditures.

UMD Travel App Featured at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

The disruptive technology optimizes energy efficiency, mitigates congestion, and reduces emissions.

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations

UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

On the Field and Off, Oluwaseun Oluwatimi's Hard Work Knows No Boundaries

The sophmore has jumped feet first into Clark School opportunities since transferring this semester.

CEE Experts Active at TRB 97th Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and students gave more than 50 presentations during the four-day event.

UMD to Launch Maryland Transportation Institute

The multidisciplinary institute will leverage expertise from 10 UMD colleges and schools.

Transportation@Maryland Workshop Promotes Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration on Future Mobility Systems

Participants included researchers from 10 colleges and 15 research centers.

UMD Transportation Experts to Evaluate Economic Benefits of Infrastructure Investments

The project could help officials save taxpayer money while maximizing economic benefits of transportation infrastructure projects

UMD Experts Tackle Critical Topics at Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Faculty, staff, and student involvment exemplified the theme "Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change."

Through the Rearview Mirror: UMD's Top Transportation Stories of 2016

A look back at a successful year of research, outreach and education

NTC@Maryland Hosts Distinguished Lecture on Smart Mobility from DOE's Reuben Sarker

The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation discussed U.D. DOE's SMART-Mobility initiative.

National Transportation Center at Maryland Leads Unprecedented Effort to Track Multimodal Travel Trends

CEE researchers use cutting-edge technology to collect travel behavior data.

UMD Transportation Experts Issue Impact Reports, Forecasts for WMATA’s SafeTrack

First safety surge poses minimal effects on area traffic, measurable crowding on Metrorail

UMD Transportation Experts in the News: WMATA’s SafeTrack Plan

UMD experts are using transportation modeling and simulation technologies to help commuters make informed decisions.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Headlines University of Maryland Transportation Summit

The National Transportation Center at Maryland hosts nearly 200 transportation experts for innovation and policy summit.

Zhang Named Rabin Distinguished Professor

CEE Associate Professor and NTC@Maryland Director recognized for influential scientific and scholarly work. 

CEE Transportation Researchers Tackle Critical Topics at 95th TRB Annual Meeting

Areas include visualization, resilience, high-speed rail, and green vehicles.

FAST Act Spells New Opportunities for University-Based Transportation Research

NTC@Maryland explores how the nation's first long-term transportation bill in a decade will impact transportation research education.

UMD National Transportation Center Awarded $4.5 Million Department of Energy Grant

NTC@Maryland to develop technology to deliver personalized, real-time travel information to users and incentivize energy-efficient travel.

Nasri Awarded Ann G. Wylie Fellowship

Transportation Engineering student receives prestigious fellowship for 2015-2016.

NTC@Maryland Released the Annual Report for Year 2014

Download 2014 Annual Report of National Center for Strategic Transportation Policies, Investments and Decisions

UMD Transportation Engineers Evaluate Costs of Traffic Jams, Congestion

NTC@Maryland addresses impact of congestion on economy, freight transport.

UMD Transportation Engineers Tackle Key Topics during TRB 94th Annual Meeting

UMD hosts post-TRB workshops to further discussions on transportation trends, challenges.

NTC@Maryland Engages Local Planners and Planning Commissioners in Montgomery County

NTC@Maryland and NCSG presented to 16 visitors from MNCPPC

UMD Hosts Advanced Transportation Technologies Day

First-ever event draws dozens from government, industry, academe and media.

Eirini Kastrouni wins ARTBA’s Future Industry Spotlight Award

NTC@Maryland funded graduate student wins award

NTC@Maryland Invited to Governor O'Malley's Opportunity Roundtable Discussion in Annapolis

NTC@Maryland Director, Dr. Lei Zhang and Deputy Director, Mark Franz, were invited to join the event.

NTC Director, Dr. Lei Zhang, Nominated by U.S. Department of State for the 2014 APEC Science Prize

The only candidate from the U.S. for the 2014 APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize)

NTC@Maryland co-sponsored the ITM 2014 Conference

NTC@Maryland Hosted the International Innovation in Travel Demand Modeling Conference in Baltimore, MD

NTC @ Maryland Received $2.8 Funding for the Second Year

NTC@Maryland is one of the five national transportation centers that were selected in a 2013 nationwide competition

Four Civil and Environmental Engineering Students Named 2014 Future Faculty

Nasri, Lu, Maness and Guzman selected as "Tomorrow’s Great Engineering Teachers"

UMD Leads New National Center for Strategic Transportation Policies, Investments, and Decisions

Civil Engineering Professor Lei Zhang will serve as director of the new center.

UMD Hosts Symposium on Disaster Resilience Co-Sponsored by NAE, NSF

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering holds symposium on tri-state region disaster response.

Dr. Lei Zhang Received NSF CAREER Award

The CAREER Award is the NSF's most prestigious award in support of junior faculty

Dr. Lei Zhang Receives Fred Burggraf Award

This award recognizes excellence in transportation research by a researcher 35 years of age or younger

Dr. Zhang Received Best Paper Award at WSTLUR

Dr. Zhang is the lead author of the paper