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Tong Donna Chen

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
Thornton D203
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
M.E. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 2008​
​B.S. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2005
Biography

Dr. Chen joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Virginia in August 2015. Her research focuses on sustainable transportation systems (in particular modeling the impacts of new vehicle technologies systems on traveler behavior and the environment), travel demand modeling, transportation economics, and crash safety. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Chen worked in the consulting industry as a transportation planning engineer and has experience with roadway design, cost estimation, and traffic operation analyses.

Dr. Chen is involved in the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation & Development Institute (ASCE TD&I), Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).

Improving Ridership Projections of Proposed Bus and Rail Transit Projects for Evaluating Congestion Reduction Effects
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
August 01, 2021 – May 31, 2023
Development of Guidance for an Occupancy Rate Data Collection Program
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 15, 2020 – September 14, 2022
CRISP Type 2: dMIST: Data-driven Management for Interdependent Stormwater and Transportation Systems
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2022
Modeling Energy Use and Emissions of Autonomous Vehicles
Source: Environmental Defense Fund Inc.
March 01, 2020 – October 31, 2021
Managing Energy & Emissions of Autonomous Electric Vehicles
Source: Jeffress Memorial Trust
July 31, 2019 – July 30, 2021
Guidelines for Prioritizing Curb Ramp Retrofits Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 01, 2019 – February 28, 2021
EN-CE- Connected Vehicles in Planning Processes
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 01, 2016 – January 31, 2018
EN-CE-I-66 Inside the Beltway Dynamic Tolling Framework Development, Analytical Testing, and Support
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
January 25, 2016 – December 31, 2017
EN-CE 2016 Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship--Robartes
Source: U.S. Department Of Transportation
October 05, 2016 – October 04, 2017
CE 1501: Special Topics in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Credits: 1
Student-led special topic courses which vary by semester
CE 3400: Transportation Infrastructure Design
Credits: 3
Fundamentals of transportation infrastructure design will be covered. Topics include: analysis of the characteristics of the driver, pedestrian, vehicle, and road; highway geometric design; intersection desgin and operations; highway drainage and drainage structures; highway pavement design. Prerequisite: CE 2010 and Third-year standing.
CE 3402: Transportation Infrastructure Design Workshop
Credits: 1
Computer aided design applications of the fundamentals of transportation infrastructure design using real world scenarios. Application topics include: highway geometric design for highway facilities; intersection design including at-grade, roundabouts, and grade separated interchanges, and the transportation improvements associated with a new development. Co-requisite: CE 3400. Prerequisite: CE 2010, CE 2305, CE 3700
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 4053.
CE 6470: Transport Economics & Finance
Credits: 3
Economic theory and applications enhance transport demand analysis, transport pricing, welfare considerations and policy evaluation. This course illustrates the fundamentals of transport economics (costs, benefits and pricing), describes key factors that affect these (movement and location choice), and introduces different methods of economic analysis for quantifying the trends in and interactions across these topics. Pre/Co-requisite: CE 6410
CE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Master's-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 7993: Independent Research in CE
Credits: 1–12
Detailed independent study of graduate course material under the guidance of a faculty member. Doctoral-level graduate students. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 8001: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For graduate students who will be GTA for a course taught by CE faculty who have granted Instructor Permission for that section. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
CE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission

American Society of Civil Engineers Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellow 2017

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow 2013-2015

Federal Highway Administration Eisenhower Transportation Fellow 2012-2013