Current students

Nathaniel Bailey

Nate is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdepartmental Program in Transportation. Nate graduated from Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. There, he was a research assistant at California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology. Nate obtained a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT in 2016, advised by Professor Carolina Osorio in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His master’s research focused on the use of simulation-based optimization to analyze how the optimal design of urban transportation systems could change in response to the introduction of autonomous vehicles. His current research, conducted in cooperation with TfL, examines how autonomous vehicle systems should be designed in coordination with public transit services and accounting for the variety of uncertainties involved with this innovative new mode.

Nicolas Caros

Nick Caros is a first-year MST student at MIT interested in emerging mobility systems, transit network design and transportation policy. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and New York University, where his research focused on travel behavior and the simulation of modular autonomous vehicle mobility services. Prior to joining MIT, Nick worked as a Transportation Planner for Stantec in New York City, modeling proposed toll facilities across the US and developing strategies for traffic calming on local streets. Outside of school, he can be found playing rugby for MIT, reading classic literature and exploring New England.

 

Ehab Ebeid

Ehab comes from a small town in Giza governorate, Egypt and is a first-year student in the Master in City Planning program at MIT. He holds a BS in Urban Studies and a BA in History from Cornell University, where his transit-related research explored the use of automatic vehicle location data to estimate bus transit delay. He has interned at the District Department of Transportation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, D.C., where he worked on a variety of transit performance and travel behaviour research projects. In his free time and when procrastinating, Ehab enjoys biking, making Middle Eastern desserts, and reading history.

Mary Rose Fissinger

Mary Rose is a student in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation at MIT. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Boston College and a Master of Science degree in Civil Systems Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley she worked for the Boston-based microtransit startup Bridj. This experience sparked her interest in how individuals evaluate new or innovative transportation options. In conjunction with both the Urban Mobility Lab and the Transit Lab at MIT, Mary Rose works on the partnership with the Chicago Transport Authority. In her spare time, she enjoys running, doing crossword puzzles, and participating in the feminist bookclub she started with a group of friends.

 

Xiaotong Guo

Xiaotong is a first year student in the Master of Science in Transportation program at MIT. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Traffic Engineering from Tongji University and a Master of Science degree in Transportation Systems Engineering from Cornell University. He is interested in modeling and algorithms design for solving problems in complex urban mobility systems. His current research focuses on incorporating  time flexibility in the ridesharing system and public transit network design considering shared mobility service for passengers. Outside of school, Xiaotong loves playing basketball and traveling.

Michael V. Martello

Mike is a second year Masters of Science student primarily studying geotechnical engineering. He is a recent graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, Mike conducted research investigating the correlation between tunnel boring machine (TBM) operational parameters and surface settlements caused by tunneling. He also has a wide range of internship experience, and has industry exposure to construction management, structural design, traffic engineering, and geotechnical engineering. Mike’s current research is focused on providing a flood resilience assessment framework and climate change adaptation strategies for the MBTA and their assets. Apart from engineering, Mike enjoys biking through Boston, making espresso, and exploring other academic disciplines, particularly sociology and philosophy.

 

Ru Mehendale

Ru Mehendale is a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Transportation program at MIT.  Ru is interested in developing innovative methods for using automated urban mobility data to understand travel behavior and effectively deploy operational resources.  In particular, her research focuses on data intensive multimodal service planning and network-level analysis with the Chicago Transit Authority.  She is currently developing a visual, interactive tool to help service planners quickly diagnose areas for operational intervention.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Ru holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT, where she studied the modeling of vehicle emissions along a high demand transportation corridor in Cambridge, MA.  She gained an interest in transportation service planning through her work as an intern with the Service Planning and Infrastructure departments at Transantiago (Santiago, Chile), and her work with Mobilis (Lima, Peru), a non-profit dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation and livable communities.  Outside of school, Ru enjoys dancing, figure drawing, and running along the Charles.

Patrick Stephen Meredith-Karam

Patrick is a first-year student pursuing a dual Master of Science degree in the Interdepartmental Program in Transportation and the Technology & Policy Program at MIT. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science degree from the University of Toronto, and has internship experience as a transit technology consultant with IBI Group. Patrick has focused previous research on improving transit assignment for travel behaviour models, modelling transit fare integration, and developing methods for heterogenous delivery fleet vehicle routing. Outside of school, Patrick enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, canoe tripping, and spending time outdoors. 

Baichuan Mo

Baichuan is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Transportation program at MIT. Prior to join MIT, he got a B.S. degree from Dept. of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University in Beijing, awarded with the Tsinghua supreme scholarship (10 out of 3000+ undergraduates). Baichuan’s main research interest is data-driven transportation modeling and demand modeling. His current research focuses on Network Performance Modelling and Bayesian Individual Mobility Prediction base for MTR (Hong Kong).  Outside of school, Baichuan enjoys jogging and cooking.

John Takuma Moody

John is a first-year student in the Master of Science in Transportation program.  Prior to arriving at MIT, he attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  While there, he researched the simulation of integrated bus rapid transit and freight/logistics corridors as well as the origin-destination flows of campus- and city-wide bus networks in Columbus.  His internship experience includes transportation consulting and the construction of the TEXRail commuter rail line in Fort Worth, TX.  In his free time, John enjoys exploring places by rail and writing songs on the guitar.”

Rubén Morgan

 

Rubén is a second year in the Masters of Science in Transportation program. He is an alumnus from the Ohio State University, having a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In his undergraduate career, he researched Origin-Destination algorithms and interned in Traffic Engineering. His current research includes using clustering algorithms to better understand the customer base for the MBTA. He is also researching corporate fare policies that will accommodate the new fare structure for the MBTA. Rubén spends his free time playing squash and exploring new places.

 

Mark Perelmuter

Mark is a second year student in the Masters of Science in Transportation program. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Cooper Union in New York, as well as internship experience at the New York MTA and several consulting firms. His research interests include operations optimization, reliability analysis, and congestion reduction. He is working on a project with Transport for London that uses predictive maintenance to improve rolling stock reliability, based on an aggregation of wide-ranging data sources. Outside of MIT, Mark enjoys playing chess and biking around Boston.

 

Kerem Tuncel

Kerem is a PhD candidate at Northeastern University Industrial Engineering Department. He received his MS and BS degrees within Turkey from Bogazici University and Bilkent University respectively.  

 

His previous research activities were focused on data mining/machine learning and more specifically time-series modeling. His main research interests are machine learning and its applications on real life problems. He is currently working on denied boarding estimation and prediction project for Mass Transit Railway (MTR) in Hong Kong.

 

Qingyi Wang

Qingyi is a second year student in the Masters of Science in Transportation program. Her current research involves  optimizing the scheduling process of bus operators at the MBTA to reduce overtime requested and increase service reliability. Prior to MIT, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and interned with the Big Data Team at the City of Toronto Transportation Services for a year. Her undergraduate research and work experience includes demand modeling, trajectory mining and traffic volume predictions.

 

Danny Yue Wang

Danny is a PhD student at Northeastern University.  He got his Master of Applied Science degree at Northeastern and Bachelor of Engineering degree at Tsinghua University in China.  He found his interest in Transportation Engineering studying civil engineering as an undergraduate student. His current research focuses on traffic engineering, traffic sensor data analysis, travel time estimation and prediction as well as visualization.  He enjoys doing research on weekdays, and loves feeding squirrels or watching musicals in weekends.

Seyedmostafa Zahedi

Seyedmostafa, a PhD student at Northeastern University, has been a member of the MIT Transit Lab since Fall 2017.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Traffic Engineering and Transportation Planning from Sharif University of Technology.  His research interests lie at the intersection of the new on-demand mobility services and conventional transit systems, where he aims to address the weaknesses of one through the strengths of the other.  He is currently studying the dynamic sharing of resources in bus operation using real-time data, as well as ways to consolidate ride-sharing to increase opportunities for shared mobility. Outside of school, he enjoys literature, learning new languages and going to the gym.

 

Jiali Zhou

Jiali Zhou is a second year PhD student in Civil Engineering.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Traffic Engineering from South China University of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  He was involved in studying pedestrian detection and pedestrian signals as an undergraduate student. His masters research project focused on Pittsburgh’s traffic simulation. His current research concentration is in transit system simulation for different control strategies and operations.