Life Cycle Ownership and Social Costs of Alternative Fuel Options for Transit Buses

Fan Tong

Carnegie Mellon University

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests are focused to assess the society-wide impacts of current energy systems and to evaluate transition paths to sustainable energy futures with an emphasis on technology solutions, market behaviors, and policy designs. I am currently working with Prof. Ines Azevedo and Prof. Jeremy Michalek to review production pathways and use applications of hydrogen in the energy systems from climate change, air pollution, and economics perspectives.I obtained a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) from Carnegie Mellon University. My Ph.D. dissertation investigated the economic and environmental implications of using natural gas to power light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles in the U.S. The chairs of my Ph.D. committee are Prof. Paulina Jaramillo and Prof. Ines Azevedo. During my Ph.D. studies, I have been supported by and actively engaged in research centers such as CEDM, CACES, Traffic 21, Steinbrenner Institute, and Scott Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.Prior to coming to the U.S., I worked for two years (2010-2012) at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the Chinese Central Government. While working at the ERI, I studied economics as a part-time non-degree visiting student at the National Development School at Peking University. Prior to these experiences, I obtained a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Tsinghua University.I will join the Carnegie Institution for Science this coming August to conduct energy systems research to inform energy innovation for near-zero-emission energy systems.


Motivation. Transit buses provide short-distance public transportation service with multiple stops along fixed routes to serve citizens’ mobility needs. Transit agencies are more willing, compared to mainstream private... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Fan Tong (Carnegie Mellon University)
  2. Chris Hendrickson (Carnegie Mellon University)
  3. Allen Biehler (Carnegie Mellon University)
  4. Paulina Jaramillo (Carnegie Mellon University)
  5. Stephanie Seki (Carnegie Mellon University)

Topic Areas

• Life cycle sustainability assessment , • Sustainable energy systems , • Sustainable urban systems


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