Position Title
Distinguished Professor and Director

  • Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Institute of Transportation Studies
1715 Tilia St., #1109, West Village

Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Blue Planet Prize Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He has testified eight times to the US Congress and provided 50 keynote presentations in the past two years at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 12 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future (Island Press, 2018). Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources), Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and urban planning from Cornell University.