As a part of the UCLA-wide “Rising to the Challenge” initiative, UCLA Samueli is welcoming transportation equity expert Tierra Bills as an associate professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department! Bills will also hold a faculty appointment in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Bills’ research interests include equity analysis, travel behavior modeling, community-based data collection and transportation-performance measurement. At UCLA, she will teach two courses — Transportation Equity, and Travel Behavior Analysis and Forecasting.

Bills is currently an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to that, Bills was a Michigan Society Fellow and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has also served as a lecturer at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, and as a research scientist at IBM Research Africa, where she used data from smartphones to analyze the quality of transportation. Bills is a co-principal investigator on two current National Science Foundation grants studying transit issues in resource-constrained communities. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in civil and environmental engineering, and transportation engineering from UC Berkeley, as well as a B.S. in civil engineering technolo gy from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Read the full announcement: Transportation Equity Expert to Join UCLA Engineering, Public Affairs Faculty