Hua Cai, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

School of Industrial Engineering

Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Purdue University

390 Grissom, 315 N. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Tel: 765-494-7701

Purdue profile

Dr. Cai is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, with joint appointment in the School of Industrial Engineering and the Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering. Her research interests include the environmental implications of emerging technologies, smart and sustainable cities, industrial ecology, and complex adaptive systems.


Dr. Cai received her Ph.D. from University of Michigan in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources and Environment (jointly conferred). She received her M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University and B.E. from Tsinghua University, both in environmental engineering. Prior of Michigan, she was laboratory manager and environmental engineer at CDM Smith.

  • New! ) Paper on supply chain energy saving is accepted by Energy Policy.

  • Dr. Cai will present "Environmental Benefits of Individaully Optimized Electric Vehicle Battery Range" at ISSST conference in Phoenix, AZ on May 16, 2016.

  • Paper on taxi travel patterns is accepted by Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications.