Morteza Taiebat

Morteza Taiebat

Research Fellow

Lyft Inc.

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan, School for Environment & Sustainability and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. I am also a Research Fellow at Lyft, working cross-functionally on strategic electrification efforts and Lyft’s commitment to 100% EV by 2030.


My interests include the system-level analysis of electric vehicles, shared mobility, and automation by understanding how they impact travel pattern, energy use, and economics of mobility. My research broadly focuses on leveraging emerging mobility modes to improve transportation system efficiency, sustainability and social equity. I heavily rely on data science techniques, economics, and optimization to investigate the mechanisms that promote sustainable transportation.

Technical Skills:


  • Data Science
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Transportation Economics


  • Joint PhD in Sustainability and Transportation Engineering, 2021 (expected)

    University of Michigan

  • Minor in Data Science, 2019

    University of Michigan (MIDAS)

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2015

    University of British Columbia

  • BSc in Mechanical & Automotive Engineering, 2013

    Iran University of Science & Technology


Recent Employments


Research Fellow

Lyft Inc.

Mar 2021 – Present San Francisco, CA

EV Research & Analytics Intern

Lyft Inc.

May 2020 – Aug 2020 San Francisco, CA
  • Provided robust analytics and inference tools for strategic electrification efforts and Lyft’s commitment to 100% EV by 2030. (worked cross-functionally between Sustainability, EV Strategy, Policy Development, and Driver Science teams).
  • Leveraged big data from driver travel pattern to establish EV suitability and economics across individual and cohorts of drivers on the platform.
  • Designed data pipelines and modeling framework for charging propensity of XD EV drivers and causal inference on time-series data from charging events and provided recommendations for future planning purposes.

Graduate Student Researcher

Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan

Aug 2016 – Present Ann Arbor, MI
  • Assessed energy rebound effect and induced travel demand upon deployment of CAVs
  • Quantified energy and travel impact of unoccupied VMT in a shared autonomous taxi fleet
  • Designed a discrete-continuous choice model for forecasting CAV-enabled ownership and usage pattern shift
  • Designed a hybrid ML framework for causal inference and robust estimation of congestion fee policy effect on ridesourcing pooling behavior

Energy Efficiency Analyst

BC Hydro

Apr 2016 – Aug 2016 Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Evaluated various energy efficiency measures for electric distribution network in the city of North Vancouver.
  • Completed site visits of commercial monitoring facilities and identified potential efficiency opportunities in multi-unit commercial buildings, resulting in $550K annual energy savings.

Research Assistant

Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), University of British Columbia

Oct 2015 – May 2016 Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Developed techno-economic models of low/zero-carbon transportation infrastructures in British Columbia
  • Quantified charging infrastructure demand for deployment of battery and fuel cell electric light vehicle fleet
  • Reported and presented the results in collaboration with Pacific Institute for Climate Solution

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Sep 2013 – Oct 2015 Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Statistical analysis and uncertainty modeling of fused data from a cluster of sensors and feedback loop
  • Employing minimum sensor redundancy for fault localization and compensation
  • Verification and simulation of the developed approach on hydraulic actuation and storage system


Selected Awards, Honors & Achivements

Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship supports outstanding doctoral candidates working on dissertations that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.

EDF Climate Corps Fellowship

Climate Corps is an innovative graduate fellowship program focused on intensive training and cultivating the next generation of sustainability professionals to drive climate and energy solutions in companies, public institutions, and cities.

3M Award for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial Ecology

Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement & Leadership

ISSST Best Poster Presentation Award

Dow Doctoral Sustainability Fellowship

Rackham International Student Fellowship

Earth Shift Global Poster Presentation Award

Merit Doctoral Scholarship

Distinguished Student Award



Selected Media Coverage of Research