Tianjun Lu

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences

Tianjun LuDepartment of Earth Science and Geography
College of Natural and Behavior Sciences
1000 E. Victorial St, Carson, CA. 90747
Office: NSM B-302
Email: tilu@csudh.edu
Personal website: https://tianjunlu.weebly.com/


PhD, Planning, Governance, and Globalization, Virginia Tech, 2020
MURP, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech, 2016
BE, Urban Planning, Guilin University of Technology (with honors), 2011


GEO 100 Human Geography
GEO 357 Urban Environmental Geography


Dr. Lu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Science and Geography. Dr. Lu’s research interests center on using geospatial analysis, data science, and sensor technologies to develop health-promoting cities and communities. To date, his scholarly contribution falls into three areas: (1) quantifying spatial patterns of air quality for exposure assessment, (2) assessing urban form’s impact on air quality, and (3) measuring and modeling non-motorized traffic. He is currently working on developing next-generation urban air quality models with crowd-sourced and new data sources for the contiguous US and exploring active transportation amid COVID-19. An overarching research goal is to ensure the work can improve neighborhood sustainability, facilitate environmental justice, and engage local communities.


  1. Demuzere, M., Hankey, S., Mills, G., Zhang, W., Lu, T., & Bechtel, B. (2020), Combining expert and crowd-sourced training data to map urban form and functions for the continental US, Scientific Data, 7(1), 1-13 (Impact Factor [IF]: 5.54).
  2. Lu, T., Lansing, J., Zhang, W., Bechle, MJ., Hankey, S. (2019), Land Use Regression models for 60 volatile organic compounds: Comparing Google Point of Interest (POI) and city permit data, Science of The Total Environment, 677, 131-141 (IF: 5.59).
  3. Lu, T., Mondschein, A., Buehler, R., Hankey, S. (2018), Adding temporal information to direct-demand models: Hourly estimation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic in Blacksburg, VA, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 63, 244-260 (IF: 4.05).
  4. Hankey, S., Lu, T., Mondschein, A., Buehler, R. (2017), Spatial models of active travel   in small communities: Merging the goals of traffic monitoring and direct-demand modeling, Journal of Transport & Health, 7, 149-159 (IF: 2.58).
  5. Lu, T., Buehler, R., Mondschein, A., Hankey, S. (2017), Designing a bicycle and pedestrian traffic monitoring program to estimate annual average daily traffic in a small rural college town, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 53, 193-204 (IF: 4.05).


International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)
Transportation Research Board (TRB)
International Association for China Planning (IACP)
American Planning Association (APA)