Our 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 ten 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

Eric Barber

Degree Program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Santa Monica, CA

Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Systems, University of California, San Diego

Eric is an MS student in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington. His research interests include public transportation, vehicle automation, and vehicle electrification.

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.

Parastoo Jabbari

Degree program: MS 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.

Elyse O’C Lewis

Degree program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering, Marquette University

Elyse is pursuing an MS in Transportation Engineering at the University of Washington with the ultimate goal of completing a PhD and working as a professor of civil engineering. Her research interests include sustainable urban transportation development such as human factors related to mode choice, the shared vehicle economy, social equity, and transit system planning in Latin America.

Tianyi Li

Degree Program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Lanzhou, Gansu, China
Undergraduate Degree: Civil Engineering, Iowa State University
Tianyi joined the Sustainable Transportation Lab in 2017. His previous research experience includes concrete shrinkage reducing methods, Non-Destructive testing and Long-distance Public Passenger Transportation (LPT) Systems.

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 public investment in bike share within the context of social equity.

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.

Xiao Wen

Degree program: MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Wuhan, China

Undergraduate Degree: Transportation Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University

Xiao is interested in self-driving vehicles, emissions, and economics. As an undergraduate, he studied the traffic safety of signalized crossings using traffic conflict theory.