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

Sustainable transport contributes to low-carbon, resilient, healthy and liveable cities. Her research focuses on pathways towards sustainable mobility, particularly in congested urban environments. She works on developing data-driven models and tools to reduce the environmental impacts of passenger and urban freight 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

  • Urban transportation modeling and simulation
  • Energy use and emissions from the road transportation sector
  • Life-cycle energy and environmental assessment (LCA)
  • Material and energy flow analysis in industrial systems

Research Projects

  • Urban freight transportation modeling
  • Last-mile urban logistics solutions to address e-commerce growth
  • Public perception of autonomous vehicles

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: