Associate Professor
Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation

Dr. Zhang is Associate Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program in the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Zhang held several academic and professional positions, including tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, Research Scientist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, New York, and Lecturer and licensed Planner/Architect at the Huazhong (Central China) University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China.

Dr. Zhang's research and teaching interests include urban transportation planning, transportation impacts on land use, urban form and travel behavior, GIS applications in urban and transportation planning, and land use/transportation issues in developing countries. His recent research has focused on the influence of the built environment on travel mode choice for work and non-work purposes, development of metrics of urban form, Transit-Oriented Development and high-speed rail and urban spatial development. Dr. Zhang has published (in both English and Chinese) over 50 journal articles and book chapters. His recent publications include "Can Transit-Oriented Development Reduce Peak Hour Congestion?" in Transportation Research Record and "Travel Choice with No Alternatives: Can Land Use Reduce Automobile Dependence?" in Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Dr. Zhang is member of AICP.


  • B.E. (Arch.), Tsinghua University, 1985
  • M.E. (C.P.&U.D.), Tsinghua University, 1988M.R.P., State University of New York at Albany, 1995
  • M.S.T., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
photo of Ming Zhang
  • Urban transportation planning
  • urban form and travel behavior
  • GIS applications in planning
  • international planning
SUT 3.124A
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