Student alumni

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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.

Apaar Bansal

Apaar graduated with a dual degree in the Masters of Science in Transportation and the Masters of City Planning programs at MIT in 2019. 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.


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.

Mihir Bhosale

Mihir is a 2019 graduate from the MST program, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. His work at Transit Lab involved the mitigation of passenger effects of State of Good Repair projects in the MBTA rail system with 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. Outside of his academic focus, he enjoys learning about linguistics and etymology, literature, lettering and illustration, politics, and internet culture.

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.

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.

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.

Ru Mehendale

Ru Mehendale graduated from MIT with a Masters of Science in Transportation program.  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 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.