Tongbin Qu

Tongbin Teresa Qu, Ph.D., P.E.


Associate Professor
School of Planning, Design, & Construction



Area of Expertise and Research Interests: Active Transportation, Accessible Transportation, Multi-modal Transportation Planning, Transportation Planning with Big Data, Shared Mobility, and Autonomous Vehicles for People with Disability

Dr. Tongbin (Teresa) Qu is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. Qu has over 20 years of experience in transportation field. She has performed research, consulting and engineering services in both the United States and China. Qu is a registered Professional Engineer.

Qu’s research experience covers a wide variety of urban issues, including travel demand and vehicle emission modeling, traffic congestion monitoring and evaluation, bicycle and pedestrian planning and modeling, as well as Big Data analysis. During her years with Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Qu was involved with research funded by the US and Chinese government, including Federal Highway Administration, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Ministry of Transport of China, and Beijing Transportation Research Center.

Qu has been practicing high impact and experiential learning in her teaching. The class project “Texas A&M University Campus Bike Share Feasibility Study” she instructed won the 2013 Dr. Kent Butler Student Paper Award by Central Texas Chapter of American Planning Association and 2014 Best Student Project Award in Applied Research by American Planning Association. Qu’s effort and collaboration with the Transportation Service, has made bike share a reality on Texas A&M University campus.  

More recently, Qu has engaged in mobility research for people with disabilities. Her research has focused on investigating mobility needs and travel behaviors of people with disabilities and applying state-of-art technologies to help them to travel independently. She is working with researchers in health arena as well as cell phone app developers on providing tools to help the people with special needs when traveling by public transit.

Qu is a Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF). She is also actively engaged with Transportation Research Board committees, including Developing Countries, Bicycle Transportation, Pedestrians, as well as Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies.

See what else we're doing in