About Me

Dr. Wei (David) Fan currently serves as a full professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). He is the Director of the USDOT University Transportation Center for Advanced Multimodal Mobility Solutions and Education (CAMMSE – http://cammse.uncc.edu/) housed directly under the CEE Department at UNCC (https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2017-01-11/unc-charlotte-receives-77-million-federal-grant-transportation-research). Dr. Fan holds a Ph.D. (May 2004) in Civil Engineering – Transportation from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ’em Horns!). He was a Senior Analytical Optimization Software Developer for the R&D Department at SAS Institute Inc. located in Cary, North Carolina from June 2004 – August 2006. Prior to joining UNCC, he was an assistant (and later an associate) professor of Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) from August 2006 to August 2013.

Dr. Fan’s primary research interests include big data analytics for transportation (travel demand analysis, transportation safety data analysis, and discrete choice modeling); connected and autonomous vehicles (technologies, and impacts); multimodal transportation and shared mobility (non-motorized transportation including bicycle and public transit systems planning and operations, carsharing, and bike-sharing); traffic system operation and control (traffic simulation, and active traffic management including variable speed limits and managed lanes); transportation system analysis and network modeling (equilibrium-based traffic assignment, network design and highway improvements, travel time reliability, freeway bottleneck identification and mitigation, and congestion pricing); operations research; and computer software development. Dr. Fan serves as a handling editor on the Transportation Research Record (TRR) inaugural editorial board, an associate editor of IEEE Transactions – Intelligent Transportation Systems, an associate editor of ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, and an associate editor of International Journal of Transportation Science and Technology while also serving as a member of two other transportation journal editorial boards. Dr. Fan also serves as a member on the National Science Foundation (NSF) review panels, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) panels, the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) panel, as well as four American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committees and one Transportation Research Board (TRB) committee. He has been working as an active ad hoc reviewer for more than 20 prestigious journals as well as the national Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) (2010 version). Dr. Fan is the recipient of the Best Area Editor Award (i.e., Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Infrastructure) at the 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP2019) at Nanjing, China in July 2019 and the Excellent Paper Award from the 2018 World Transport Convention at Beijing, China in June 2018. He was also a nominee for the College of Engineering Graduate Teaching Award at UNCC in 2016. Dr. Fan received the University Research Award at the University of Texas at Tyler in April 2012 and was selected by the students as the Best Civil Engineering Professor of the Year 2007 at UT Tyler and was a proud ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Fellow in 2007.

Dr. Fan has been and is involved in many sponsored projects (over 14 million dollars in funding), having been a principal or co-principal investigator on many research studies for the U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), NCHRP, SHRP2 Education Connection, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). He had published more than 100 journal articles, proceeding papers and technical reports on big data analytics for transportation, connected and autonomous vehicles, multimodal transportation and shared mobility; traffic system operation and control, and transportation system analysis and network modeling. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

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