Dr Lynette Cheah is an Associate Professor of Engineering Systems at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. She leads the Sustainable Urban Mobility research group, which develops data-driven models and tools to reduce the environmental impacts of passenger and urban freight transport. Her expertise is in transport modelling and simulation, life-cycle energy and environmental assessments (LCA) of products and systems, and urban metabolism. She is a Fellow with the Martin Family Society for Sustainability, winner of the Singapore Challenge Prize in the Global Young Scientists Summit 2013, and is currently serving as a Review Editor for the UN IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from MIT and masters in Management Science from Stanford University. More information about her research is available at


  • 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

  • Institution of Engineers Singapore Outstanding Volunteer Award, 2018
  • Finalist, ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, 2017
  • Singapore Challenge prize, Global Young Scientists Summit 2013

Selected Publications

(See Google Scholar profile here)

  • You, L., F. Zhao, L. Cheah, K. Jeong, P. C. Zegras, M. Ben-Akiva, 2019. A generic Future Mobility Sensing (FMS) system for travel data collection, fusion and visualization. IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. doi:10.1109/TITS.2019.2938828.
  • 2Arora, M., F. Raspall, L. Cheah, A. Silva. 2019. Residential building material stocks and component-level circularity: The case of Singapore. Journal of Cleaner Production 216 (2019): 239-248. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.01.199.
  • Yeow, L., L.Cheah. 2019. Using Spatially Explicit Commodity Flow and Truck Activity Data to Map Urban Material Flows. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 2019; 1– 12. doi:10.1111/jiec.12849.
  • Lu, F., F. Zhao, L. Cheah, 2018. Dimensionality Reduction to Reveal Urban Truck Driver Activity Patterns. Transportation Research Record. doi:10.1177/0361198118787105.
  • Kurniawan, H., C. Ong, L. Cheah. 2018. Examining values and influences affecting public expectations of future urban mobility: a Singapore case study. Transport Policy 66:66-75. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.12.014.
  • Ross, S., L. Cheah. 2018. Uncertainty quantification in life cycle assessments: exploring the marginal benefit of additional data collection. Journal of Industrial Ecology. doi:10.1111/jiec.12742.
  • Dalla Chiara, G., L. Cheah, 2017. Data stories from loading bays. European Transport Research Review (2017) 9:50. doi:10.1007/s12544-017-0267-3.
  • Ross, S., L. Cheah. 2016. Uncertainty quantification in life cycle assessments: Interindividual variability and sensitivity analysis in LCA of air-conditioning systems. Journal of Industrial Ecology 21:1103-1114. doi:10.1111/jiec.12505.
  • 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.
  • 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: