Tierra S. Bills

Tierra Bills
Assistant Professor and Michigan Society Fellow

Office:  2350 Hayward, 2128 GG Brown
Phone:  (734) 764-5956
Fax:  (734) 764-4292
Email:  tbills@umich.edu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2350 Hayward, 2128 GG Brown
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2013

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2009

BS, Civil Engineering Technology, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL, 2008

  • Eno Transportation Foundation Fellowship. 2012
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (Graduate) Transportation Fellowship, 2011 – 2013
  • Women’s Transportation Seminar Legacy Scholarship, 2011
  • UC Berkeley Graduate Opportunity Master’s Fellowship, 2008

My interests center on using new and innovative data sources to model and understand individual-level impacts/benefits from current and emerging transportation policies and systems, with respect to equity, environmental, and economic efficiency. I recognize that a major challenge with improving transportation and other civil systems is a weak connection between academic research and public decision-making. I am interested in working to bridge that gap. I characterize myself as an academic who is passionate about researching the intersection between transportation investments and society, in order to plan for transportation and policy improvements which are best for all segments of society; today, as well as for future generations.

Bills, T., & Walker, JL. (2016). Looking Beyond the Mean for Equity Analysis: Examining Distributional Impacts of Transportation Improvements. Transport policy, accepted.

Santani, D., Njuguna, J., Bills, T., Bryant, A. W., Bryant, R., Ledgard, J., & Gatica-Perez, D. (2015, August). CommuniSense: Crowdsourcing road hazards in Nairobi. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (pp. 445-456). ACM.

Njuguna, J., Santani, D., Bills, T., Bryant, A. W., & Bryant, R. (2014, December). Citizen engagement and awareness of the road surface conditions in Nairobi, Kenya. In Proceedings of the Fifth ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (pp. 115-116). ACM.

Bills, T., Bryant, R., & Bryant, A. W. (2014, October). Towards a frugal framework for monitoring road quality. In 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC) (pp. 3022-3027). IEEE.

Bills, T., Sall, E., & Walker, J. (2012). Activity-Based Travel Models and Transportation Equity Analysis: Research Directions and Exploration of Model Performance. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, (2320), 18-27.


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