Ross Wang

Ross Wang

Group Leader, Applied Research for Mobility Systems

Dr. Chieh (Ross) Wang is an R&D Staff Member and the Group Leader in the Applied Research for Mobility Systems (ARMS) Group at ORNL.  His research revolves around utilizing emerging sensing and computational technologies for transportation data collection, analysis, visualization, modeling, simulation, and application.  His recent research focuses on the modeling and simulation of mobility (i.e., vehicle and traffic) systems with application areas including connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and smart cities.  He currently leads research teams (as a PI or a co-PI) working on DOE projects with $10+ million awarded funding.  He is also one of the key researchers of USDOT's national transportation data programs, including the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) and the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF).  He is the Project Manager and one of the key developers for the NHTS website (, for which he is advancing data analysis and visualization techniques in the form of web-based tools. 

Outside of research, Dr. Wang has been actively serving the transportation community in various leadership roles. He is a Handling Editor for the Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He has been a co-chair of 3 TRB young members subcommittees, a member of 3 TRB committees and 2 TRB sections, the communication coordinator of 2 TRB committees, and the paper review coordinator of 2 TRB committees.  Dr. Wang is the co-founder and an organizer of the Three-Minute Thesis Workshop at TRB Annual Meetings.  He has also served as a member of the 21st Century Truck Partnership Data and Analytics Working Group and a member of the TennSMART Technical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the National Taiwan University.

  • Early Career Award, Buildings and Transportation Science Division, ORNL (2023)
  • Honorable Mention, Mentor MVP Awards, ORNL Office of Research Education (2023)
  • Early Career Development Program Award, ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development (2023)
  • Best Poster Award, 19th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-Hoc and Smart Systems (2022)
  • EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Invitee (2022) [link]
  • DOE OTT Energy I-Corps Cohort 14 (2022) [link]
  • Best Paper Award, 10th International Conference on Advances in Vehicular Systems, Technologies and Applications (2021) [link]
  • TRB Blue Ribbon Committees Award (2020) [link]
  • AASHTO High-Value Research Project Nominee (2016) [link]
  • Georgia Tech Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Finalist (2015) 
  • Georgia Tech Teaching Assistant Fellow (2015)
  • International Road Federation Jerry Shea Award (2015)
  • International Road Federation Road Scholar Program Fellow (2015)
  • Georgia ITE Transportation Engineering Scholarship (2013 & 2015)
  • ITS Georgia Wayne Shackelford Engineering Scholarship (2013 & 2015)
  • Georgia Tech CEE Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2014)
  • Georgia ASHE Babs Abubakari Memorial Scholarship (2014)
  • Taiwan Ministry of Education Government Scholarship for Studying Abroad (2013)
  • Taiwan Ministry of National Defense Excellent Compulsory Military Service Officer (2008)
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2017)
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University (2007)
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University (2005)

Editorial Service

  • Handling Editor, Transportation Research Record Editorial Board (2019-present)
  • Review Coordinator, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (2018-present)

Professional Society Membership and Leadership

  • Member, ASCE Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) Impacts Committee (2023-present) [link]
  • Member, 21st Century Truck Partnership Data and Analytics Working Group (2021-2023)
  • Member, TennSMART Technical Advisory Committee (2020-present)
  • Member & Triennial Strategic Plan Coordinator, TRB Freight Transportation Data Committee (AED70) (2020-2024)
  • Member & Communications Coordinator, TRB Traffic Control Devices Committee (ACP55) (2020-2025)
  • Member, TRB Infrastructure Management and System Preservation Section (AKT00) (2020-2023)
  • Cochair, TRB Joint Young Members Subcommittee of Sections AKR00 and AKT00 (2020-present)
  • Co-founder & organizer, TRB Three-Minute Thesis Workshop (2019-present)
  • Member, TRB Young Members Council (2017-2020)
  • Member, TRB Maintenance and Preservation Section (AHD00) (2017-2020)
  • Cochair, TRB Operations and Preservation Group Young Members Subcommittee (2017-2020)
  • Cochair, TRB Maintenance and Preservation Section Young Members Subcommittee (AHD00(2)) (2017-2020)
  • Member & Communications Coordinator, TRB Signing and Marking Materials Committee (AHD55) (2015-2020)