Wed, December 1, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MST
Virtual Event – Register Here
Transportation is one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonize while also increasingly vulnerable to more frequent, intense, and widespread disasters. To address these critical challenges, research is needed to develop strategies that address the impact of transportation on climate change (through sustainability) and the impact of climate change and associated disasters on transportation and communities (through resilience). Moreover, equity and justice must be fundamental elements of transportation engineering and planning as disadvantaged populations experience disproportionate effects from climate change and disasters. This presentation will focus on transportation resilience, specifically leveraging transportation to protect people from disasters through evacuations. Following this in-depth discussion of evacuations, the talk will briefly cover recent and ongoing research projects in sustainability related to shared mobility, public transit, and automated vehicles.
About the Speaker – Dr. Stephen Wong
Dr. Stephen Wong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental at the University of Alberta. Stephen’s research focuses on the intersection of evacuations, decision-making, and shared mobility and works to create more resilient, environmentally friendly, and equitable transportation systems. His most recent research has developed empirically driven and equitable evacuation and resilience strategies for governmental agencies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Stephen has also conducted research on smart charging programs for electric vehicles, automated vehicle policymaking, mobility on demand (MOD) ridehailing and microtransit pilots, and scenario planning-based recovery of public transit and shared mobility from COVID-19. He was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, an Eno Center for Transportation Fellow, and a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. Stephen received his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley in December 2020. He received his M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley (2016) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a second major in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University (2015).