Student alumni

We are always pleased to hear from former transit lab members! Please fill out the MIT Transit Lab Alumni Form if you would like to add or edit your information.

 

 

Michel Babany

Michel's research interests focus on developing a Decision Support System in order to mitigate the impacts of incidents in the London Underground.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in September 2012 at the Ecole Centrale Paris.  In 2013, he was a recipient of the Speedwell Fellowship and the Jean Gaillard Scholarship, and in 2015 in earned a Master of Science in Transportation at MIT.

 

Abhishek Arunas Basu

Abhishek graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2018.  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.  At MIT, his research involved transit user segmentation by utilizing disaggregate data sources, and achieving personalization in information provision systems geared towards transit users.

 

Yuxin Leo Chen

Leo graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2018. 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.  When he was at MIT, his research was conducted in conjunction with Transport for London which focused on how autonomous vehicles would change the way urban populations travel and shape cities.

 

Kenji Chigusa

Kenji graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2018.  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 focused on performance evaluation and problem identification in urban railways, regarding passenger journey time.

 

Raphael Dumas

Raphael attended McGill University, where he received a B. Eng. in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.  Passionate about solving global environmental problems he concentrated in transportation in his final year, on the basis of the links between transportation, and land and energy use. Raphael received a Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue the Master of Science in Transportation at MIT in 2012.  His research focuses on processing automatically collected data to generate origins and destinations for an entire population of transit users.  He earned a dual program MST/MCP (Master of Science in Transportation and a Master of City Planning) in 2015.

 

Emily Gates

Emily Gates graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science in Transportation. While at MIT she worked on employer commuter benefit programs and reducing single-occupancy vehicle commuters, as well as real-time ridesharing mobile applications for commuting. She was previously working as an IT business analyst outside of Washington, D.C. and cursing the heavily congested highways of northern Virginia. She has a strong interest in the connections between transportation accessibility and urban economic growth. She loves attending public works meetings and hearing the public's opinions on transportation initiatives. Emily has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

 

Michael Gordon

Mike graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2015. Having grown up in Boston and lived on three of the MBTA’s Green Line branches, his research focused on understanding how public-private partnerships and contracting can help transit systems to grow while facing various constraints. Before joining the program, Mike received his bachelor’s degree in Economics at Boston College and worked at an economic consulting company.

 

Anne Halvorsen

Anne graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Her past research has included studying transit system reliability in both San Francisco and Hong Kong, trying to understand how users adapt their behavior to cope with unreliability and helping develop more customer-centric reliability metrics for agencies. While at MIT she worked with Hong Kong's MTR system to evaluate demand management incentives and better understand customer behavior in the system. She graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2015.

 

Matthew Hartnett

Matthew graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2016. During his time at MIT, Matthew studied transportation demand management strategies and worked on a project team of Transit Lab research associates and students to deliver an improved transportation demand management program, called Access MIT, which was adopted by the Institute for implementation in summer 2016.  Before attending MIT, he studied at the University of Delaware, earning a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 2014. Matthew currently works as a municipal transportation planner in Park City, Utah, focusing on developing and evaluating the City’s strategies to effectively manage transportation demand while strengthening Park City’s status as a world-class skiing destination.

 

Gabriel Goulet-Langlois

Gabriel's research interests relate to travel pattern and user behaviour analysis in urban transit networks. Using large smartcard datasets, he develops methods to understand and quantify regularity in users’ travel routines, and working to identify and investigate different types of public transport users. Gabriel earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Sciences from McGill University, where he was also the recipient of the British Science Association Medal. He earned his Master of Science in Transportation from MIT in 2015. His all-time favorite transit line is the Victoria line in London.

 

Malivai Luce

Originally from Paris, France, and before coming to MIT, Malivai graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France) with a Master of Science in applied mathematics and mechanics. He is interested in using network mathematical modeling and data mining to improve and help planning transportation systems within cities. At the Transit Lab, Malivai's research in partnership with London Buses focuses on analyzing potential strategies to mitigate planned road works, and in particular on predicting incurred delays and understanding the changes in user's behavior.  In 2017, Malivai graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Transportation.

 

Yan Leng

Yan received her Master degrees in Transportation Engineering and Computer Science in June 2016. She worked on the mobility project in Jinan for a year and a half at Transit Lab. Since then, she has been working on the Andorra.  She is currently a research specialist at Human Dynamics Laboratory in MIT Media Lab, doing research on the Andorra Project. The broad theme of her research interest is to use large-scale dynamic datasets to describe, understand, and explain regular patterns in individual and aggregative behavior and to leverage these patterns for policy analysis and design with machine learning and statistical tools. 

 

Kathleen McLaughlin

Katie graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2016. Before coming to MIT, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and then spent a year doing research with a local bus system in Columbus, Ohio. Her research at MIT involved identifying and predicting modal shifts between auto and transit caused by improvements to the system under capacity constrained conditions. She was also interested in the wider economic benefits these improvements could generate due to the increase in throughput capacity and enhanced development potential. She now works in transportation consulting in Chicago.

 

Eli Miller

Eli graduated from MIT in 2018 with a Master of Science in Transportation.  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.  When Eli studied at MIT, he worked on a research project with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to build a loading model for the CTA rail system (the ‘L’) and investigated how loading data can be used to improve performance. Currently, he is working at CTA as Transportation Manager overseeing the Brown/Green/Orange Lines.

Outside of work, 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.

 

Adam Rosenfield

Adam Rosenfield graduated in 2018 with a dual Master of Science in Transportation and Master of City Planning from MIT. Born and raised in Toronto, Adam holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.  He gained an interest in transportation planning and policy through his work at engineering and planning firm IBI Group and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  His research with the Transit Lab focused on how employer commuter benefit programs can leverage the fundamentals of behavioral economics to encourage more sustainable travel behavior.  Adam now works with a transportation technology firm building a cloud-based mobility platform.  Outside of work, he enjoys cycling and playing the French horn and piano. 

 

Javier Morales Sarriera

Javier was a research assistant at MIT Transit Lab between 2014 and 2016, when he conducted research on transit agency productivity and cost. His research revealed that the soaring unit costs of transit service can be explained in large by the sector's stagnant productivity, and that contracting out and labor laws can also have a significant association with unit cost growth. Overall, Javier is interested in all applications of economics in public transit, and in transportation more broadly. Javier graduated in 2016 with a Master's degree in Transportation from MIT, and he also received a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (Madrid, Spain). 

  David Sindel

Originally from Ledyard, Connecticut, David graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.  At BU he created the launch system for the first space-capable university-built rocket. His research involves scheduling and resource allocation on the MBTA Green Line. Outside, MIT, he researches and photographs the history of rail transport in New England for Wikipedia.  David graduated in 2017 with a Master of Science in Transportation.

 

Chris Southwick

Chris graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in the spring of 2016. During his time at MIT his research focused on using automatically collected data to help transit agencies identify bus routes and time periods with significant amounts of overcrowding; and to identify possible remedies to improve the passenger experience during these periods. He grew up in Califon, New Jersey, an exurb outside of New York City and graduated from Haverford College in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics and a minor in growth and structure of cities. He then spent three years serving with various AmeriCorps programs through out the country. Chris loves reading local newspapers and learning about the community in which he lives.

 

Anson Stewart

Originally from Southern California, www.ansonstewart.com/">http://www.ansonstewart.com/" style="font-family: "lucida sans unicode", "lucida grande", sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">Anson completed the MIT MST/MCP (Master of Science in Transporation/Master of City Planning) dual-degree program in 2014.  His research, conducted with the www.brt.cl">http://www.brt.cl" style="font-family: "lucida sans unicode", "lucida grande", sans-serif; font-size: 12px;">ALC-BRT Center of Excellence, focuses on bus rapid transit corridors, urban design, accessibility indicators, and public participation. After graduating from Swarthmore College with degrees in urban studies and engineering, he spent a year in Latin America and Africa investigating the evolution of BRT systems. Anson has experience with community-based organizations, transit agencies, and urban design workshops in Boston, Los Angeles, and Santiago de Chile, Bogotá, and Beijing. He enjoys long bus rides along the East Coast, or wherever else he can arrange some transit tourism.  Anson earned his PhD degree in Transportation in 2017.

 
 

Andy Stuntz

Andy graduated in 2018 with a dual Master of Science in Transportation and Master of City Planning from MIT.  Andy grew up in Belmont, MA and received his bachelor’s degree from MIT in economics in 2013.  He worked for two years as an environmental policy researcher at an economic consulting firm in Boston.  Andy has lived in Belmont, East Cambridge, Egleston Square (Boston), and Teele Square (Somerville), and he has traveled to school or work by foot, bike, bus, subway, and car.  His research in partnership with the MBTA in Boston and the CTA in Chicago focuses on the use of automated transit data to improve fare policy decision making.  His academic and professional interests include transit finance and management, urban economics, economic development planning, and transportation equity.

 

Lauren Tarte

Lauren's primary research interests are in the design, planning and policy of urban transportation systems -- working on characterizing the demand and service patterns on the London Underground and quantifying passenger impacts. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington, and previously interned at the Seattle Department of Transportation. After graduating, she spent two and a half years as a Maintenance Engineer at Boeing. In 2015 she graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Transportation.

 

Catherine Vanderwaart

Katie graduated with a Master of Science in Transportation in 2016. Before coming to MIT, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and then spent a year doing research with a local bus system in Columbus, Ohio. Her research at MIT involved identifying and predicting modal shifts between auto and transit caused by improvements to the system under capacity constrained conditions. She was also interested in the wider economic benefits these improvements could generate due to the increase in throughput capacity and enhanced development potential. She now works in transportation consulting in Chicago.

 

Cecilia Viggiano

Hailing from Northern California, Cecilia Viggiano holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College.  For her MIT master's research, completed in June 2013, she analyzed passengers’ route choices in London’s multi-route bus corridors. Cecilia was part of the steering committee of the Graduate Women at MIT (GWAMIT) Mentoring Program and was co-captain of MIT's club water polo team.  She earned her PhD degree in Transportation in June 2017.

 
 

Jian Wen

Jian graduated in 2018 with a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT. He also holds a M.Eng. degree in Data Science from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France and a B.S. degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  Jian’s main area of interest is data-driven behavioral simulation and transport network flow modeling. His current research focuses on how autonomous vehicle (AV) systems could be designed and dispatched efficiently to accommodate first/last-mile passengers.   He is now working at UBER ATG on self-driving vehicle routing.  Outside of work, Jian enjoys traveling, cycling and playing basketball.

 

Dan Wood

Dan attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT in 2015. In the past, he has interned for the King County Metro, where helped implement the RapidRide C and D Lines, and for STV Incorporated, where he did operations planning for the proposed Glassboro-Camden Line near Philadelphia.

 

Zhan Zhao

Zhan Zhao graduated from MIT in 2018 with a PhD in Transportation.  He holds a Master of Applied Science degree from University of British Columbia and Bachelor of Engineering degree from Tongji University.  His research interests include urban mobility analytics, travel behavior modeling, public transportation systems and data mining.  His current research focuses on how to use data analytics and statistical models to extract knowledge from disaggregate-level data (such as transit smartcard data) for understanding user behavior, discovering user preferences and predicting human mobility.  He previously worked as research intern at IBM, Transport for London and Translink.  Zhan joined Via as a data scientist in 2018.  Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and playing basketball.