Tongbin "Teresa" Qu


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Associate Professor
Department of Community Sustainability


Bachelors: Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
Masters: Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
PhD: PhD in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.

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Dr. Tongbin (Teresa) Qu, Ph.D., P.E., AICP (She, her, hers) is an interdisciplinary scientist across the fields of transportation engineering and urban planning. Her primary interests are at the nexus of transportation, sustainability, and climate change. She has over 25 years of experience in the transportation field covering research, teaching, consulting, and engineering practice. Dr. Qu’s expertise includes bicycle, pedestrian, and multi-modal transportation planning and modeling, complete streets design, Big Data Analysis, shared mobility, accessible transportation, Autonomous Vehicles for people with disabilities, traffic congestion monitoring and evaluation, and vehicle emission modeling.

During her years with Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), Dr. Qu was involved with several national level Strategic Highway Research Projects (SHRP) funded by Federal Highway Administration, and many regional projects funded by several State Department of Transportation (DOT), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Houston-Galveston Area Council.

More recently, Dr. Qu has been focused on sustainable and decarbonizing transportation, specifically promoting active transportation, public transit, emerging and shared mobility, as well as sustainable and resilient communities planning. She is teaching Sustainable and Climate Resilient Communities (ISS310) and Sustainable Transportation (CSUS xxx) as well as working with researchers in the areas of environment, energy, health, planning, and engineering to achieve sustainability and climate goals.

Dr. Qu is a Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF). She is a member in National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) Accessible Transportation and Mobility Committee (AME50), and Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee (AP020). She is also actively involved in TRB Pedestrians, Bicycle Transportation, and Developing Countries committees.