Our Team

STL Team

Don MacKenzie

Don MacKenzie leads the Sustainable Transportation Lab at the University of Washington, where he is an Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He has more than fifteen years’ experience with the technical and policy dimensions of clean vehicle research, development, and deployment, spanning vehicle technologies, fuels, and driver behavior. His current research interests include charging behavior and infrastructure design for electric vehicles, and the energy impacts of vehicle automation and new mobility services. As a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he studied the technical and market tradeoffs between fuel economy and competing design attributes, developed estimates of the gains in system-level vehicle efficiency since the 1970s, and created some of the first discrete choice models of the charging behavior of plug-in vehicle drivers. He previously did technical and policy analysis and advocacy on clean vehicles issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC, researched biofuel technologies for Syntec Biofuel, and fuel cells for Ballard Power Systems. Dr. MacKenzie is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transportation Energy, and chairs its Subcommittee on Energy and Demand Implications of Connected and Automated Vehicles.

curriculum vitae

Sijie Chen

Degree program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Xiamen, Fujian, China

Undergraduate degree: Transportation Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Sijie began MS studies in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington in 2016. Her previous experience includes two undergraduate projects about optimizing charging infrastructures for electric vehicles, and an internship in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University related to electric vehicles. Currently she is working to identify her future research interests.

Yanbo Ge

Degree program: PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Inner Mongolia, China

Undergraduate degree: Transportation Engineering, Tongji University

Yanbo is a PhD student in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research interest generally lies in transportation sustainability, including specific topics of vehicle electrification, transit oriented development, and the nature of shared vehicle economy. Currently she is working on examining charging behavior of plug-in electric vehicles owners.

Moein Khaloei

Degree program: PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Kerman, Iran

Undergraduate degree: Isfahan University of Technology

Moein came to the UW having worked for three years as a transportation and traffic engineer in Tehran & Kerman, Iran, and earned his MS in Transportation Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. His current research interests include charging behavior and infrastructure design for plug-in electric vehicles.

Elyse O’C Lewis

Degree program: Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering, Marquette University ’14

M.S. Degree: Civil Engineering, University of Washington ’17

Elyse is pursuing a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow with the ultimate goal of working as a professor of civil engineering. Her work experience includes two years with CH2M HILL as a construction inspector and design consultant on transportation projects in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Washington state as well as 10 months as an Engineers Without Borders in-country intern in Guatemala where she worked with municipal planning offices, provided project support, and developed M&E methods for pedestrian bridges and water filtration systems. Her research interests focus on sustainable urban transportation development topics such as human factors related to mode choice, the impact of the shared economy on transportation networks, measures of social equity, and the impact of newly-formalized public transit systems on informal settlement integration in Latin American cities.

Parastoo Jabbari

Degree program: PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Qazvin, Iran

Undergraduate degree: Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Parastoo is interested in energy and environmental aspects of transportation systems, with secondary interests in economics and statistics. Since joining the Lab in 2015, her research has focused on electric vehicle adoption, infrastructure, and consumer behavior, and she has interned with Toyota’s energy and environmental research group in Washington, DC.

Chintan Pathak

Chintan Pathak

Position: Research Scientist

Hometown: Indore, India

Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi

Chintan has more than 10 years of experience in research and training in Civil Engineering. Chintan’s research interests lie at the intersection of Civil Engineering, instrumentation and software with application in automation and computational design. With recent work involving prototype development of physics-based battery management system for Lithium-ion batteries, Chintan plans to apply multi-scale system-level thinking to infrastructure design for electric vehicles.

Luke Peters

Degree program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Madison, WI

Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering, Marquette University

Luke is an MS student in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to the UW, he spent two years working in the Traffic Engineering Division with the City of Madison, Wisconsin, focusing on traffic operations and safety enhancements through signing, pavement marking and geometric design. His primary interest in transportation is the design of improvements for pedestrians, transit and bicyclists on urban streets. He is currently researching bike share systems in Seattle.

Andisheh Ranjbari

Postdoctoral Researcher

Hometown: Mashhad, Iran

Degrees:
PhD, Transportation Engineering, University of Arizona
MSc, Transportation Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology
BSc, Civil Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Andisheh joined the lab as a postdoctoral research associate, having completed her PhD in Transportation Engineering at the University of Arizona and her BSc in Civil Engineering and MSc in Transportation Engineering in her native Iran. Along with her academic education, she has worked at multiple transportation agencies in Iran, Arizona, San Francisco, and Seattle, where she got the opportunity to blend academic research and professional experience on several fields. Andisheh’s research interests lie in the areas of public transportation, shared mobility, travel behavior and network modeling, and as of her PhD dissertation, she studied planning and operation analyses for a new public transit service that she proposed for accommodating future intercity travel demand.

Xiasen Wang

Degree program: PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Shijiazhuang, China

Undergraduate Degree: Transportation Engineering, Tongji University

Xiasen’s research experience includes optimization of public transportation and logistics systems. Currently he is working on car sharing systems, including car2go and Uber, and comparing the travel time of car sharing to public transit.