Carnegie Mellon University
July 06, 2015

CEE Welcomes Newest Faculty Member Sean Qian

CEE Welcomes Newest Faculty Member Sean Qian The CEE department welcomes Sean Qian, the newest tenure track faculty member, as an assistant professor. Before joining the department, Qian was jointly appointed as an assistant research professor at the Heinz College and Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) with a courtesy appointment with CEE. Qian will maintain an appointment in the Heinz College.

“Interdisciplinary innovation is in CMU’s blood,” says Qian. “I am grateful to work in an environment that brings together researchers from so many varied backgrounds. Everyone here is very open to collaboration, which helps us all to think more broadly.”

Qian, who, in 2011, received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis, focuses his research on the planning, operation and maintenance of urban infrastructure systems, especially transportation systems.

He and his students apply advanced information and sensing technologies to help develop intelligent transportation systems. Qian is committed to discovering the efficiency and resilience of transportation infrastructure by studying how travelers behave in various transportation networks, and how those networks interact with other urban systems, such as energy and water.

“Sean Qian is a versatile educator and researcher, bringing a broad background in civil engineering, transportation, and systems analysis to CEE,” says Hamerschlag University Professor and Department Head Dave Dzombak. “We are delighted to welcome him to the department.”

In addition to his new position at CEE, Qian directs the Mobility Data Analytics Center research center at CMU.