My name is Zhen Qian, reads [zen, tsian], and you can also call me Sean.

I am an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (major) and Heinz College (minor) at Carnegie Mellon University.

My research interests lie in the integration and optimization of civil infrastructure systems. The primary focus is to manage an aging and overcrowded infrastructure and urban complex systems, and to build a sustainable and resilient infrastructure network. I have been developing optimization and statistical models of infrastructure networks by applying theories of network flow and economics.

I was postdocing with Prof. Ram Rajagopal at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University.

I received my PhD degree in Civil Engineering at University of California Davis. I was also affliated with Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. My PhD advisor was Prof. H. Michael Zhang.

Before coming to UC Davis, I studied at Tsinghua University, Beijing for my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering with the focus on Transportation.

I am always open to working with highly motivated students who have strong quantitative background. Please send me an email if you are interested in infrastructure systems, and you are enthusiastic about programming and mathematical modeling. Currently, I am looking for both undergraduate and doctoral Research Assistants entering in Fall 2017. 

My research interests include:

  • Infrastructure management
  • Dynamic network modeling (routing, simulation and optimization)
  • Intelligent transportation system (ITS)
  • Data mining
  • Infrastructure resilience
  • Urban systems interdependency
  • Multi-modal transportation
  • Parking management
  • Transportation economics
  • Traffic operations