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Elizabeth Traut

Assistant Research Professor


  • Larson Transportation Institute
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

204 Transportation Research Building


Research Areas:

Transportation Engineering

Interest Areas:

Economic and statistical modeling of transportation-related systems; Life-cycle assessment; Engineering design; Data science; Optimization




  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2008
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Elizabeth Traut and Aaron Steinfeld, 2019, "Identifying commonly used and potentially unsafe transit transfers with crowdsourcing", Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 122, pp. 99-111
  • Elizabeth Traut, TsuWei Charlie Cherng, Chris Hendrickson and Jeremy J. Michalek, 2013, "US residential charging potential for electric vehicles", Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 25, pp. 139-145
  • Elizabeth Traut, Chris Hendrickson, Erica Klampfl, Yimin Liu and Jeremy J. Michalek, 2012, "Optimal design and allocation of electrified vehicles and dedicated charging infrastructure for minimum life cycle greenhouse gas emissions and cost", Energy Policy, 51, pp. 524-534

Conference Proceedings

  • Elizabeth Traut, 2019, "Geographic Variation of US Residential Charging Potential for Electric Vehicles"

Research Projects

  • April 2019 - May 2020, "AI for Identifying and Optimizing Interactions Between Transit Systems," (Sponsor: Institute for CyberScience).
  • July 2019 - May 2020, "Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Southeastern Veterans Center Transportation Study," (Sponsor: COP: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs).

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