Current students


Abhishek Arunas Basu

Abhishek is a first year student in the Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program. He worked for a year as a consultant (data analytics) before joining MIT. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His interests lie in the application of machine learning to public transit data sets and obtaining metrics that could help provide better service. His current research involves transit user segmentation by utilizing disaggregate data sources, and achieving personalization in information provision systems geared towards transit users.

Mihir Ravindra Bhosale

Mihir is a first 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 last-mile behaviour of commuters of the new metro line in Mumbai. Outside of his academic focus, Mihir is also interested in linguistics, literature, lettering and illustration, politics, LGBTQ issues, and collecting coins.   

Yuxin Leo Chen

Leo is a first year Masters of Science in Transportation student. He received a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. During his time at UofT, he pursued various transportation related internships in construction, government, and consulting. His current research, conducted in conjunction with Transport for London, focuses on how autonomous vehicles will change the way urban populations travel and shape cities.

Kenji Chigusa

Kenji is a graduate student in the Masters of Science in Transportation (MST) program.  He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Tokyo.  Since graduation, Kenji has worked for the East Japan Railway Company as a railcar inspector, train operation controller and IT system engineer.  At MIT, his research focuses on performance evaluation and problem identification in urban railways, regarding passenger journey time.

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.

Ru Mehendale

Ru Mehendale is a first 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.

Eli Miller

Eli grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and headed south to the University of Virginia (UVa) to earn a B.Sc. in chemistry with specialization in biochemistry and a minor in bioethics. He then returned to the midwest where he earned an M.S. in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UW-Madison, Eli studied the role of heme in the regulation of human cystathionine beta-synthase, a metalloenzyme that plays a critical role in sulfur amino acid metabolism, in the lab of bioinorganic chemist Professor Judith Burstyn.  Next Eli studied sustainability performance measures with Professor Teresa Adams, also at UW-Madison, and earned a certificate in Transportation Management and Policy.  Eli is currently a second year in the Master of Science in Transportation (MST) program.  He is working on a research project with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to build a loading model for the CTA rail system (the ‘L’) and investigate how loading data can be used to improve performance. 

Outside of the Transit Lab, Eli enjoys traveling, exploring the world’s transit systems, exploring the Boston dining scene, cheering on Cleveland, UVa, and UW-Madison sports teams, bus driving, and jamming to the Grateful Dead.