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T. Donna Chen
Assistant Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering

University of Virginia
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Thornton Hall D203
351 McCormick Road
PO Box 400742
Charlottesville, VA
Phone: +1 434-924-6224
FAX: +1 434-982-2951

Dr. Chen joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia in August 2015. She holds Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), M.E. (University of Texas at Arlington), and B.S. (Texas A&M University) degrees in Civil Engineering. Her research focuses on sustainable transportation systems (in particular modeling the impacts of new vehicle systems on traveler behavior and the environment), transportation economics, and safety. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Chen worked in the consulting industry as a transportation planning engineer and has experience with roadway design, cost estimation, and traffic operation analyses.



  • National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Federal Highway Administration Eisenhower Fellow

Research Interests

  • Sustainable transportation planning
  • Shared use mobility
  • Electric vehicles
  • Transportation economics

Research and Publications

“Management of Shared, Automated, Electric Vehicles: Charging & Pricing Strategies,” with Kara Kockelman and Josiah Hanna. 22nd World Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Services Paper AM-ITS-1935, October 2015, Bordeaux, France.

“Implications of a Shared, Autonomous, Electric Vehicle (SAEV) Fleet,” with Kara Kockelman and Josiah Hanna. 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research Paper #84, July 2015, Windsor, United Kingdom.

Kockelman, Kara M. and T. Donna Chen. “Transport Economics.” Handbook of Transportation. Dusan Teodorovic (Ed.), Routledge, August 2015.

Chen, T. Donna, Kara M. Kockelman, and Yong Zhao. “What Matters Most in Demand Model Specifications: A Comparison of Outputs.” Forthcoming in Journal of the Transport Research Forum.

Chen, T. Donna, Yiyi Wang, and Kara M. Kockelman. “Where are the Electric Vehicles? A Spatial Model for Vehicle-Choice Count Data.” Journal of Transport Geography 43: 181-188, 2015.

Chen, T. Donna, Kara M. Kockelman, and Moby Khan. “The Electric Vehicle Charging Station Location Problem: A Parking-Based Assignment Method for Seattle.” Transportation Research Record 2385: 28-36, 2013.

Chen, T. Donna and Kara M. Kockelman. “Americans’ Crash Histories and Opinions on Safety Policy.” Transportation Research Record 2364: 12-22, 2013.

Chen, T. Donna and Kara M. Kockelman. “The Roles of Vehicle Footprint, Height, and Weight in Crash Outcomes: Application of a Heteroscedastic Ordered Probit Model.” Transportation Research Record 2280: 89-99, 2012.

Affiliated Projects

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