Lynette Cheah is an Assistant Professor with the Engineering Systems and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Modern-day transportation is heavily dependent on petroleum, which presents challenging energy and environmental problems. Lynette is passionate about achieving sustainable mobility, and her research has focused on developing models and tools to assess the life-cycle energy and environmental impacts of road transport.

Prior to joining SUTD, Lynette was a research scientist with the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, part of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. She was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Materials Systems Laboratory at MIT, and a research assistant at the Sloan Automotive Laboratory at MIT. She is a Singapore National Science Scholar and a Fellow with the Martin Family Society for Sustainability. Lynette holds a B.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Northwestern University, an M.S. in management science from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in engineering systems from MIT.


  • Ph.D., Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • M.Sc., Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 2002
  • B.Sc., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, 2001

Recent Awards

  • Singapore Challenge prize, Global Young Scientists Summit 2013

Selected Publications

  • Ross, S., L. Cheah, 2016. Uncertainty quantification of use-phase parameters and the effect of user-preferences upon the life cycle assessment of air conditioning systems. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Manuscript accepted.
  • Finenko, A., L. Cheah, 2016. Temporal CO2 emissions associated with electricity generation: case study of Singapore. Energy Policy 93 (2016): 70-79. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2016.02.039.
  • Noshadravan, A., L. Cheah, R. Roth, F. Freire, L. Dias, J. Gregory, 2015. Stochastic comparative assessment of environmental life cycle for conventional and electric vehicles. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20(6): 854-864.
  • Cheah, L. 2014. Automotive Life Cycle Assessment. Encyclopedia of Automotive Engineering, edited by D. Crolla, D. Foster, T. Kobayashi, and N. Vaughan. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Cheah, L., J. Heywood. 2011. Meeting U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fuel Economy Standards in 2016 and Beyond. Energy Policy 39 (2011): 454-466.
  • Cheah, L., J. Heywood, and R. Kirchain. 2009. Aluminum Stock and Flows in U.S. Passenger Vehicles and Implications on Energy Use. Journal of Industrial Ecology 13(5):718-734.
  • Evans, C., L. Cheah, A. Bandivadekar, and J. Heywood. 2009. Getting More Miles per Gallon. Issues in Science and Technology. Winter 2009, Vol. XXV Number 2. National Academy Press.
  • Cheah, L., A. Bandivadekar, K. Bodek, E. Kasseris, and J. Heywood. 2009. The Trade-off between Automobile Acceleration Performance, Weight, and Fuel Consumption. SAE Int. J. Fuels Lubr. 1(1): 771-777.
  • Cheah, L., C. Evans, A. Bandivadekar, and J. Heywood. 2008. Factor of Two: Halving the Fuel Consumption of New U.S. Automobiles by 2035. Chapter 4 in Reducing Climate Impacts in the Transportation Sector, edited by D. Sperling and J. Cannon. New York: Springer.
  • Bandivadekar, A., K. Bodek, L. Cheah, C. Evans, T. Groode, J. Heywood, E. Kasseris, M. Kromer, and M. Weiss. 2008. On the Road in 2035: Reducing Transportation’s Petroleum Consumption and GHG Emissions. LFEE 2008-05 RP. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment.

Research Interests

  • Assessing the environmental impact of road transportation
  • Development and applications of life-cycle assessment (LCA) methods
  • Material and energy flow analysis in industrial systems

Research Projects

  • Urban freight transportation modeling
  • Pilot vehicle use survey
  • Uncertainty and variation in life cycle assessments

Research Opportunities

I welcome the opportunity to work with students and postdocs on research projects of mutual interest. Interested researchers are welcome to get in touch. Useful links: