Smart Transportation Infrastructure

Smart infrastructure will be an integral mobility part of transportation including; roads, bridges traffic lights, parking lots, toll booths, and even more. Communication between vehicles and infrastructure are creating solutions for safety and reduced congestion. Meet the researchers connecting our cars and roadways.


John Velat

John Velat

  • Director, Center for Rural and Tribal Community Resilience
  • Staff, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Amlan Mukherjee, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Planning and decision making in infrastructure system management
  • Develop models and implements simulations that can aid decision makers assess design alternatives and explore what-if scenarios


Kuilin Zhang, PE

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Transportation Network Analysis
  • Operations Research Models for Transportation and Logistics Systems
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Operations and Control
  • Transportation Planning

Research Interests

  • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems
  • Multimodal transportation systems analysis
  • Freight transportation and logistics systems
  • Data-driven travel behavior analysis
  • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
  • Vehicle systems dynamics and fuel-efficient driving behavior
  • Railway systems

Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

Pasi Lautala, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Sumit Paudyal

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Distribution Grid Modeling and Optimization
  • Building-to-grid (B2G) and Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) Integration
  • Wide-area Control and Protection, Synchrophasor applications in Smart Grid
  • Energy Hub, Distributed Energy Resources, Demand Response, and Demand Dispatch
  • Distribution Level Energy Market

Rush D. Robinett III

  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Areas of Expertise

  • Renewable Energy Grid Integration
  • Collective Systems Control
  • Nonlinear Controls
  • Optimization
  • Dynamics
  • Aeroelasticity

Research Interests

  • Energy storage system design for renewable energy grid integration
  • High penetration renewable energy microgrids
  • Collective control of networked microgrids and teams of robots
  • Exergy control for buildings
  • Flutter suppression for wind turbines
  • Nonlinear control system design
Wayne Weaver

Wayne W. Weaver

Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I)

R. Andrew Swartz, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.