Dr. Michael Kuby, Professor
School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302

Office Location: Coor Building 5568
Phone: (480) 965-6850
Fax: (480) 965-8313

Email: mikekuby AT asu.edu
Office Hours (Fall 2014):

·         Tues. 2:00-3:30 pm

·         Fri. 11:00am-noon

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Research Interests

My research focuses on transportation, energy, and the environment, with a specialization in optimization models. I create new kinds of optimization models to help decision-makers solve transport, energy, and environmental problems sustainably and efficiently. See my Curriculum Vita for details.

My recent focus is on optimal location of alternative-fuel stations. Lack of refueling infrastructure is the biggest barrier to our transition to alternative fuels (the “chicken-and-egg problem), and so it is crucial that the initial networks of stations be sited where they will enable the greatest number of people to adopt the new technologies and refuel conveniently. My approach to this problem, known as the Flow Refueling Location Model (FRLM), is based on flow-intercepting models and the idea that early stations be located “on the way” to where people are already going rather than near their homes. This research direction has grown to include:

o    heuristic algorithms for solving the model (with Seow Lim of Salt River Project)

o    new MIP formulations for solving the model (with Ismail Capar of Texas A&M)

o    driver deviations off their shortest routes (with Jong-Geun Kim of Seoul National University)

o    capacitated stations (with Chris Upchurch)

o    home recharging (with Ismail Capar)

o    stations for LNG trucking across European Union member states (with Jong-Geun Kim and Ismail Capar)

o    optimal AFV routing (working online prototype) with limited driving range for H2 and CNG (with Ismail Capar (Texas A&M), Ozgur Araz (U Minnesota) and Michael Palmer)

o    survey research on drivers of CNG and gasoline vehicles in Los Angeles on their refueling station choices (NSF project with Scott Kelley, ASU)

Most of my other research has integrated technology choice with location decisions and network design because of interdependencies among these decisions. Examples of such interdependencies from my research are that new technologies:

o    require new network infrastructure (e.g., carbon capture and storage (CCS) pipeline networks, with Richard Middleton of Los Alamos National Labs)

o    might be able to pay for themselves with transport cost savings (e.g., coal washing)

o    might engender a shift from a centralized to a distributed location pattern (e.g., solar photolytic waste detoxification)

o    involve tradeoffs among multiple objectives such as cost, risk, pollution, population coverage, equity, or habitat restoration (e.g., dam removal)

In addition to optimization models, I also apply statistical methods to energy and transport topics such as how land use and weather affect light rail ridership, as well as topics on air transport, transit-oriented development, scale-free networks, and energy in China.


Grades and other class materials for my current courses can be accessed via the My.ASU system. Here are the syllabi for the courses I have taught recently.

o    GCU 102 Introduction to Human Geography - online (usually every semester)

o    GCU 432 Geography of China (Spring 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)

o    GCU 442/542 Geographical Analysis of Transportation (Fall 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010)

o    GCU 495 Quantitative Methods in Geography (Fall 2007)

o    GCU 496 Geographic Research Methods for Undergraduates (Spring 1999)

o    GCU 585 Advanced Research Methods (Spring 2006)

o    GCU 591 Optimal Facility Location Models (Fall 2007)

o    PUP 591 Transportation Certificate Pro-Seminar (Fall 2011)

o    PUP 593 Transportation Capstone

Director of ASU Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Transportation Systems

This is a 5-course interdisciplinary certificate program for degree and non-degree grad students from across ASU and from the public and private sectors. I have been Director of the program since Spring 2011.


Some Current and Past Research and Service

o    National Climate Assessment - one of several Lead Authors of the Transportation Chapter (2014). The NCA is a report by the US Global Change Research Program on the likely impacts of, and adaptations to, climate change

o    Bicycle Network Connectivity Study for Salt River Project Service Area (with Aaron Golub, Shawn Monk, Matthew Messina of SGSUP and Mick Dalrymple and Andy Stein of Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative). Funded by SRP and analyzed using ViaCity software.

o    NSF Grant on “Spatial Refueling Patterns of Drivers of Alternative Fuel and Conventional Vehicles” (with Scott Kelley). Links to papers, presentations, and available data.

o    Arizona Town Hall

o    Background Report on Transportation for April 2009 Town Hall (co-edited with Aaron Golub, see Ch. 1-Intro, Ch. 2-Gas Prices, and Ch. 16-Alternative Fuels)

o    Background Report on Transportation for April 2015 Town Hall (in progress)

o    Carbon Capture and Storage Pipeline Network Optimization (with Richard Middleton and others at Los Alamos National Labs and Jeff Bielicki of U. of Minnesota)

o    Energize Phoenix (with ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, City of Phoenix, and Arizona Public Service)

o    Energy Systems Optimization Research (various projects) 

o    Waste Systems Optimization Research (various projects)  

o    Light Rail Study and GIS Buffering (with Tony Barranda, Chris Upchurch, and Michael Zoldak). Code for buffering available on this link     

o    Human Geography in Action (6th edition interactive textbook with CD, written with John Harner and Patricia Gober)

o    John Wiley and Sons

o    WileyPlus

o    Arizona’s 20-20 Challenge (hiking website for AZ's 20 highest peaks and 20 deepest canyons, with Libby Wentz and Brandon Vogt)

o    Florida Hydrogen Initiative Final Report (Funded by US Dept of Energy, this project analyzed optimal refueling station location strategies in Orlando and across Florida, and explored the feasibility of a hydrogen rental car business based at the Orlando International Airport. With Lee Lines of Rollins College and Ron Schultz and Zhixiao Xie of Florida Atlantic University).

o    China Railway Investment Study (with the World Bank)
1994 Franz Edelman Award (Finalist/Honorable Mention) from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) (with the World Bank and Chinese State Planning Commission)

o    I use XPRESS math programming software and am a member of their Academic Partnership Program.

o    I am involved with several scholarly journals:

o    Location Area Editor of Networks and Spatial Economics

o    Editorial board of Journal of Transport Geography

o    Editorial board of International Regional Science Review

Former Undergraduate and Graduate Advisees

o    Lawrence Joseph (PhD 2013) is Research Manager for West Marine (a boating retail chain), Watsonville, CA

o    Michael Palmer (MA 2013) works at Progressive Insurance, and did the programming on www.afvrouting.com

o    Jong-Geun Kim (PhD 2010) is a post-doc at Seoul National University.

o    Jason Kelley (M.A. 2008) is a Lecturer in Planning at ASU.

o    Alice Chen (M.A. 2007) works at the Maricopa Association of Governments in the Transportation Program.

o    Seow Lim (PhD 2007) works at Salt River Project.

o    Tyler Roberts (M.A. 2006) is a PhD student in Geography at University of Colorado.

o    Kedi Wang (M.A. 2005) is a certified public accountant in China.

o    Sean Tierney (M.A. 2004), is adjunct faculty at University of Denver. Winner, 2005 TGSG Student Paper Award (M.A.)

o    Curt Sommer (M.A. 2000) is a renewable energy consultant and head of Green Energy Solutions in Portland, Oregon.

o    Gayle Wilkinson (M.A. 1997) Winner, 1998 Transportation Geography Specialty Group Student Paper Award (M.A.).

o    Max Wyman (PhD 1994), winner of 2005 ASU Young Alumni Achievement Award. 

o    Paul Sweum (B.A. 1992), owner of Top Hat Word and Index, who blogged about his undergraduate experience with me at ASU.

o    Robert Gray (M.A. 1990) works at the Arizona Corporation Commission in the Utilities Division.


Extracurricular Stuff
ASU Ultimate Frisbee Clubs (I'm the faculty advisor of the Men’s team, and ASU also has a Women’s club.

o    Valley of the Sun (VOTS) Ultimate Club.

o    Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Geography Club and Honor Society (I’m faculty advisor). We also have a facebook page.

o    Back in 9th grade I invented a strategy board game called Traverse, first produced in 1985 and now licensed to Educational Insights.

o    My brother Adam Kuby is an artist specializing in public and environmental art in Portland, Oregon, and recently developed the Portland Acupuncture Project, and is the main artist on the City of Phoenix’s Tres Rios project.

 (Last revised September 2014)