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.

Apaar Bansal

Apaar is a dual degree candidate in the Masters of Science in Transportation and the Masters of City Planning programs at MIT. His research relates to partnerships between public transit agencies and new mobility services with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and transit agencies in India. Apaar grew up in Delhi, India, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2014, after which he worked on shared mobility research for some years. Apaar is interested in improving access and connectivity to mass transit systems through built environment interventions and mobility service partnerships.


Mihir Bhosale

Mihir is a second year MST student who hails from Mumbai in India. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and as part of his project work there, he was involved in studying the mode shift characteristics and first/last-mile behaviour of commuters of the new metro line in Mumbai. His work at Transit Lab involves the mitigation of passenger effects of State of Good Repair projects in the MBTA rail system — this involves the use of automated data sources like fare collection and vehicle location data in order to gauge the effects of shutdowns, and to identify, plan for, and evaluate services on in-system alternatives to replacement bus shuttles. Mihir is also interested in passenger behaviour, and data analysis and visualization. Outside of his academic focus, he enjoys learning about linguistics and etymology, literature, lettering and illustration, politics, and internet culture.

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.

Jintai Li

Jintai is a student in the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation at MIT.  He holds a Bachelor in Architecture degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Through internship at Cambridge Systematics and coursework, he established an interest in using data analytics to understand disaggregate travel behavior.  His current research works with Transit Lab and the Urban Mobility Lab focus on 1) demand prediction in response to the introduction of ride-sharing services provided by autonomous vehicles, and 2) user travel preference in correlation with individual emotional and attitudinal states.  Outside of school, Jintai is a food-focusing traveler and a good swimmer.

Michael V. Martello

Mike is a first 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 second year 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.

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.

Rubén Morgan


Rubén is a first 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.


Ari Ofsevit

Ari Ofsevit is a third year Masters of Science in Transportation and Masters of City Planning student at MIT. A graduate of Macalester College in Saint Paul, he has since worked in transportation demand management, transportation startups and even spent a few months managing a backcountry hotel on the side of Mount Washington. He is a research assistant investigating initiatives to decrease congestion for rail passengers at the CTA and improving operations in the most congested part of the system.


Outside of MIT, he is a board member of TransitMatters, a local transit advocacy group, and active in other sustainable transportation advocacy groups in the region. He was written about in Politico Magazine’s “What Works Next” featured this fall. He is a frequent contributor to Commonwealth Magazine on transportation issues and was featured on its cover in 2017.  Beyond transit, he is an avid cross country skier and runner. He also hosts a cross country ski podcast and ran his third Boston Marathon this spring.

Mark Perelmuter

Mark is a first 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.


Maud Sindzingre

Maud’s current research focuses on a data-driven detection of inefficient driving behaviors occurring on bus network.  She analyzes London Buses data to propose mitigation solutions for the network slowing down.  Her interests include network modeling, urban mobility analytics and applied mathematics for transportation-related questions.

Maud is a second year Master of Science in Transportation candidate.  Prior to MIT, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris in France.

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-se