Don MacKenzie

Don MacKenzie

Assistant Professor
Transportation Engineering
Office: More 121B
Phone: (206) 685-7198

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
BASc, University of British Columbia, 2001

Don MacKenzie joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2013. His research focuses on the interactions of emerging transportation technologies and public policies, and their effects on energy consumption. He is currently working in three related areas: (1) modeling the charging decisions of electric vehicle drivers, and implications for electric grid loads and generation emissions, (2) assessing prospective energy efficiency and travel demand implications of vehicle automation, and (3) evaluating the effects of services such as car-sharing and online shopping on total travel demand.

Dr. MacKenzie previously did research and advocacy work on clean vehicles for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, D.C., and worked as a researcher on biofuel technologies at a startup in Vancouver, Canada. He holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and a Master's in Technology & Policy, both from MIT. He also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical & Biological Engineering (Environmental Option) from the University of British Columbia.

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Research Interests

  • Energy impacts of emerging transportation technologies
  • Vehicle electrification
  • Vehicle automation
  • Transportation policy & economics

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