Dr. Chris Cherry is a Professor at the University of Tennessee. His research interests include bicycle and pedestrian safety and system design; the role of e-bikes, micromobility, and other emerging technologies on the transportation system; multimodal transportation planning and economics; travel behavior and demand; sustainable transportation; and transit security. About half of his research work is focused rapid motorization of Asia, with research projects in China. His domestic research agenda includes evaluating safety and system performance non-motorized and transit systems, as well as commercial vehicles. He also focuses on market penetration and impacts of alternative transportation technologies and fuels. He leads the Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, a consortium of universities and industry to explore the role of emerging and potentially disruptive classes of electric vehicles on transportation, sustainability, and health.
He is a member of the Transportation Research Board (where he is on the Developing Country Committee and chairs the joint subcommittee on Emerging Vehicle Technologies). He chairs the Society of Automotive Engineers Micromobility Committee. He is also a member of the Bird Global Safety Advisory Board. He received NSF CAREER award that focused on sustainability implications of adoption behaviors of emerging technologies.
Dr. Cherry received his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. He is a licensed PE in Tennessee.