Location: #01109, Jiuli campus
Dr. Li Zhang received his BS/MS degree in railroad engineering in China and his MS degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University and he has been at MSU for more than 10 years.
Dr. Zhang has received university and college level awards for his contributions to transportation both for teaching and research. He has taught three undergraduate courses and more than five distinct graduate courses at MSU. He is the major professor of six Ph.D. students now.
Dr. Zhang has been awarded diversified research funding from AASHTO, FHWA, State DOT, DHS, etc. He is severing as CO-PI to manage a US DOT’s Tier I UTC, which MSU has been awarded as the primary institute. His research interests include traffic signal control, traffic operations, connected vehicles, ITS, intermodal resilience and evacuations, emergency transportation operations.
Dr. Zhang has just finished his one year sabbatical research at FHWA’s research center near Washington DC where he has conducted research incorporating traffic signal control with connected vehicle information. His sabbatical has brought multiple subcontracts to MSU from FHWA.
In addition to MSU’s research, Dr. Zhang is the principle of his Mississippi Company, being awarded multi-millions in US DOT small business awards. Currently, he is working with FHWA to commercialize a cloud based microscopic traffic simulation developed, eTFOMM, under those awards.