Tongbin Teresa Qu, P.E.

Tongbin Teresa Qu

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Associate Professor, Urban & Regional Planning Program
School of Planning, Design and Construction

(517) 884-2597


Bachelors: Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
Masters: Master of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
PhD: PhD in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.

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Tongbin (Teresa) Qu is an associate professor of Urban & Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She has more than 20 years of experience in transportation field. Qu has performed research, consulting and engineering services in both the United States and China. She 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 the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, she was involved with research funded by the U.S. and Chinese government, including the Federal Highway Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Ministry of Transport of China and the Beijing Transportation Research Center.

More recently, Qu has focused on bike share system research and implementation. The class research project she instructed and guided 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. Her effort and collaboration with the Transportation Service has made bike share a reality on Texas A&M University campus.  

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.