Member Spotlights: Zhaoyu Kou

Sustainable Urban Systems

I am a PhD student in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, specializing in the field of Operations Research. My current research interest focuses on the optimization of sustainable multi-modal urban transportation systems and the understanding of urban travel patterns. I received a Master of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University in 2016 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 2014.

Position: Ph.D. student

Institution: Purdue University

 Zhaoyu’s main research interest areas:

  • Travel pattern analysis
  • Transportation system modeling
  • Sustainability analysis of new mobility options
  • Big data in transportation sector

Zhaoyu’s favorite cities and why:

Ann Arbor, MI: a small but all-inclusive city with beautiful urban landscape; Chengdu, China: great food and slow-living lifestyle.