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Yuche Chen

Research Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

  • Sustainable transportation (system modeling & physical=based powertrain simulation)
  • Air quality and health impacts of mobile emissions (modeling & fieldwork)
  • Energy, environmental and societal impacts of autonomous vehicles
  • Statistical modeling & big data analytics
  • Dynamic and stochastic optimization


Dr. Yuche Chen is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Prior to his current position, he was a Principle Transportation Systems Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory from June 2015 to September 2017. He was the lead research scientist for the Environmental and Emissions Research Facility at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute from April 2014 to May 2015. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, two M.S. degrees in Statistics and Economics, all from University of California Davis. 

Dr. Chen is broadly interested in decision making under uncertainty, empirical model prediction and validation with applications to transportation systems. He has focused on investigating interactions between technology, market and government policies in the context of sustainable transportation systems. Dr. Chen’s recent research projects include assessing sustainability implications of autonomous vehicles and shared mobility. He has authored over 50 publications on these topics. Dr. Chen has worked in and continues to collaborate with national and international government agencies, research organizations and think tanks, such as California Air Resource Board, Oak Ridge National laboratory, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). His collaborative research with IIASA and ICCT led to the discovery of “Volkswagen Emission Scandal” in 2015. Dr. Chen was the recipient of Outstanding Achievement Award by Department of Energy in 2017, and Director’s Award by National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2016

Dr. Chen is a committee member of Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies in Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Society of Chemistry.