Marta Gonzalez joined the faculty in 2017 and holds joint faculty positions in the Department of City and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is also a Physics Researcher in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Prior to teaching at UC Berkeley, she taught at MIT in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 8 years.
Gonzalez is interested in the intersections of people with the built and the natural environment. In her research projects, she combines her interests in technology and the built environment with the goal to provide solutions to urban problems by developing tools. Previously, she has developed new tools that helped with transportation research and innovative measures to model mobility and energy technologies. She has been awarded with the UN Foundation Award to study consumption patterns of women and girls in the developing world (2016) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Award to study access to financial services in the developing world (2016). She also won 1st Prize for the MIT Big Data Transportation Challenge “Prediction Algorithm” (2013) and the Best Paper Award in the ACM SIGKDD International Workshop on Urban Computing (2013).
Gonzalez holds a doctorate degree in physics from University of Stuttgart, master’s degree in physics from Universidad Central de Venezuela, and bachelor’s degree in physics from Universidad Simon Bolivar.