Faculty Fellows 2017-05-19T16:05:41+00:00

Academic Faculty 

Evy Evelyn Blumenberg       Professor of Urban Planning

Professor Blumenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and PhD in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She teaches courses on planning history and theory, poverty and inequality, transportation and economic development, and urban policy. Her recent projects include analyses of the travel behavior of special population groups including low-income adults, immigrants, and youth; the effects of the economy and increasing gas prices on the travel behavior and transportation assets in low-income communities; and the relationship between residential location, automobile ownership, and employment outcomes among the poor.
  William Clark       Professor Emeritus of Geography 

Professor Clark research interests lies in urban geography, spatial demography, and statistics. Professor Clark teaches courses in ethnicity, populations, and California.
 sam Sam Coogan       Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor Coogan’s research is broadly in the area of dynamical systems and control where he develops scalable tools for verification and design of networked cyber-physical systems. He is especially interested in applying these tools to create efficient and intelligent transportation systems. His research contributes to and draws from domains including control theory, nonlinear and hybrid systems theory, formal methods, learning in probabilistic systems, and optimization.
Charles Corbett

Charles Corbett       Professor, Anderson School of Management 

Charles Corbett, Ph.D., is the IBM Chair in Management and Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability at the UCLA Anderson School of Management; he holds a joint appointment at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He founded and co-directed the award-winning UCLA Leaders in Sustainability graduate certificate program and the Easton Technology Leadership Program. His current research focuses on sustainable operations and operations management in entrepreneurial firms.
Randall Crane Randall Crane       Professor

Randall Crane studies the housing, transportation, and economic development challenges of cities, such as rushed urbanization, urban design/behavior linkages, urban environmental problems, public finances, housing and transportation demographics, and the measure, meaning and governance of sprawl. This work is mostly domestic but his international project experience includes China, Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yemen, and a Fulbright professorship at the Colegio de México in Mexico City.
J.R. DeShazo J.R. DeShazo       Luskin Center Director, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning

J.R. DeShazo is the Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA, where he is an expert in economics, public finance, and organizational governance.  He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.  He was the Director of the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA for 5 years (2004-2011).  He was awarded Professor of the Year, Masters Program in Public Policy, UCLA in 2001, 2005, and 2007.  He received the Center for American Politics and Public Policy Fellowship at UCLA in 1999.  He was a faculty associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1997-2000), where he was the Commencement Marshal at Harvard University in 1997, received the Harvard University Fellowship in 1992-1995, and was a Marshall Scholar Nominee in 1989.  Dr. DeShazo has published over 40 articles and has over 800 citations in Google Scholar.
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Rajit Gadh          Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Rajit Gadh is Professor of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, Founder and Director the Smart Grid Energy Research Center or SMERC (http://smartgrid.ucla.edu). Dr. Gadh has a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a Masters from Cornell University and a Bachelors degree from IIT Kanpur. He has taught as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley, has been an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a visiting researcher at Stanford University.

His interests are: Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles, smart EV charging, Grid-to-vehicle, Vehicle-to-grid, Renewable and Rooftop PV Integration, Demand Response, Micro-grids , and, autonomous EVs.

 Gerla200-200x300 Mario Gerla       Professor of Computer Science

Mario Gerla holds the Engineering degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. As a Graduate Student at UCLA, he was part of the team that worked on the early ARPA Network system and protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. After four years at Network Analysis Corporation in NY, he joined the UCLA Faculty in 1976. At UCLA he has designed network protocols including ad hoc wireless clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading several advanced wireless network projects under Industry and Government funding. His team is developing a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation, content distribution, urban sensing and intelligent transport. Parallel research activities are wireless medical monitoring using smart phones and cognitive radios in urban environments. He has served on several Conference Program Committees including MobiCom, MobiHoc, MedHocNet and WONS. He is on the IEEE TON Scientific Advisory Board.
 Jonathan Grossman

Jonathan Grossman         Professor of English Literature

Jonathan H. Grossman received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion from Brown University in 1989, and his PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

Dr. Grossman is currently an English Literature professor at UCLA. He is currently at work on a book project about the history and theory of standardization. Current interests related to this project include the history of science and technology; metrology, or the history of measurement; mechanization and the repeating format and circulation of objects from the meter to Rorschach plates.

Robin Liggett Robin Liggett       Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning

Professor Liggett holds a joint appointment between the Department of Architecture and Urban Design in the School of the Arts and Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs. She teaches courses in quantitative methods and computer software development with applications in Architecture and Urban Planning. Her research emphasis is on the development of interactive computer graphic aids to design and decision making. She has focused on algorithms for optimal space allocation in the facilities management field and on methods of parametric design. Professor Liggett’s recent research projects have investigated the effects of the built environment on transit crime (at bus stops and around light rail transit stations) and on pedestrian accidents.
Anastasia Louaitou-Sideris Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris       Professor of Urban Planning; Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs


Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Urban Planning Professor at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Professor Loukaitou-Sideris’ research focuses on the public environment of the city, its physical representation, aesthetics, social meaning and impact on the urban resident. Her work seeks to integrate social and physical issues in urban planning and architecture. An underlying theme of her work is its “user focus”; that is, she seeks to analyze and understand the built environment from the perspective of those who live and work there. Dr. Loukaitou-Sideris’ research includes documentation and analysis of the social and physical changes that have occurred in the public realm; cultural determinants of design and planning and their implications for public policy; quality-of-life issues for inner city residents; transit security, urban design, land use, and transportation issues.

 

Asad Madni          Distinguished Adjunct Professor

Asad Madni, PhD
Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Asad Madni served as President, COO & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development & commercialization of intelligent micro-sensors, systems, and instrumentation for which he has received worldwide acclaim. Prior to BEI he was with Systron  Donner  Corporation for  18 years in  senior technical  &  executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President  & CEO. Here, he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF & Microwave Systems & Instrumentation which significantly enhanced the capabilities of the US Tri-Services. He is currently, an Independent Consultant, Distinguished Adjunct Professor/Distinguished Scientist at UCLA, Distinguished Professor at TCI College of Technology, Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University, and Executive Managing Director & CTO of Crocker Capital.

He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S.  from UCLA, Ph.D. from California Coast University, S.E. from MIT Sloan School of Management, D.Sc. (h.c.) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (h.c.) from Technical University of Crete, Sc.D. (h.c.) from California State University and California State University Northridge, and Ph.D. degrees (h.c.) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute and Director’s College at Stanford University, and the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives and Promoting Innovation and Organizational Change at Harvard University. He is credited with over 170 refereed publications, 69 issued or pending patents, and is the recipient of numerous national and international honors and awards including, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, IET (UK) J.J.Thomson Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, TCI College Marconi Medal, UCLA Professional Achievement Medal, UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award, UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, UCLA EE Distinguished Alumni Award, IEEE AESS Pioneer Award, IEEE HKN Eminent Member Award, IEEE IMS Career Excellence Award and Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2011 he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering “for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety”. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors “for demonstrating a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society”. He is a Fellow/Eminent Engineer of 14 of the world’s most prestigious professional academies and societies and has been awarded five honorary professorships.

collage-new-profs-large Michael Manville       Assistant Professor of Urban Planning


Michael Manville, a new assistant professor of urban planning, is returning to UCLA Luskin after receiving his MA and Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA Luskin. Dr. Manville is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. His research examines the willingness of people and communities to finance different government services, and the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of transportation in the property market. Dr. Manville is particularly interested in how land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion can influence the supply and price of housing. 

Paul Ong Paul Ong       Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare and Asian American Studies


Professor Ong has done research on the labor market status of minorities and immigrants, displaced high-tech workers, work and welfare and transportation access. He is currently engaged in several projects, including studies on the effects of neighborhood economies on welfare and work, community economic development in minority communities, and the labor market for healthcare workers. Previous research projects have included studies of the impact of defense cuts on California’s once-dominant aerospace industry, the impact of immigration on the employment status of young African Americans, and the influence of car ownership and subsidized housing on welfare usage. He was co-author of a widely reported 1994 study on Asian Pacific Americans, which challenged the popular stereotype of Asians as the country’s “model minority” by showing they are just as likely as other groups to be impoverished. Dr. Ong has served as an advisor to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, and to the California Department of Social Services and the state Department of Employment Development, as well as the Wellness Foundation and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

rp-paulson Suzanne Paulson       Professor and Center for Clean Air Director


Dr. Suzanne Paulson is Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, and Professor in the Institute of the Environment at UCLA, where she serves as the director of the Air Pollution Research Center. She earned a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. Her current research studies the impact of tiny naturally occurring and human-made particles on human health and the Earth’s climate. She teaches climate change and air pollution to undergraduate and graduate students and has given numerous invited public lectures on air pollution and climate change. She has also been featured in numerous radio, print and video interviews for her work in air quality in the Los Angeles area.

 Mason Porter

Mason Porter              Professor, Department of Mathematics

Mason Porter is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA. He joined UCLA after 9 years on the faculty at University of Oxford, most recently as Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems in the Mathematical Institute. He studies theory and applications of networks, complex systems, and nonlinear systems. He is very active in topics such as multilayer networks and temporal networks, and he has applied those ideas to many applications, including transportation systems.
 Deepak Rajagopal

Deepak Rajagopal            Assistant Professor, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Deepak Rajagopal is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Environment and Sustainability and Department of Urban Planning. He has a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources (UC Berkeley), MS degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics (UC Berkeley), and Mechanical Engineering (University of Maryland, College Park) and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras). Prior to UCLA, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Energy Biosciences Institite, UC Berkeley. He also has three years of experience as Structural Engineer at United Technologies Research Center in Hartford, Connecticut. His areas of research include Life cycle assessment, Energy and Agricultural Economics and Climate Policy.
 rubin Izhak Rubin      Distinguished Professor and Area Director, Signals and Systems


Dr. Rubin has had extensive research, publications, consulting, and industrial experience in the design and analysis of commercial and military computer communications and telecommunications systems and networks. At UCLA, he leads the Autonomous Intelligent Networked Systems research group. He also teaches short courses in communication networks at UCLA Extension, and gives courses and lectures throughout the telecommunications and computer communications networking industry and for government organizations. He also serves as President of IRI Computer Communications Corporation, a leading team of computer communications and telecommunications experts engaged in software development and consulting services.
During 1979-1980, Dr. Rubin served as Acting Chief Scientist of the Xerox Telecommunications Network. He served as co-chairman of the 1981 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, as program chairman of the 1984 NSF-UCLA workshop on Personal Communications, as program chairman for the 1987 IEEE INFOCOM conference, and as program co-chair of the IEEE 1993 workshop on Local and Metropolitan Area Networks. Dr. Rubin is a Fellow of IEEE, and has served as editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications. He is serving as editor of the Baltzer journal on Wireless Networks, of the SPIE/Baltzer Optical Networks magazine, of the Kluwer Photonic Network Communications journal, and of the International Journal of Communications Systems published by Wiley Interscience. He has also served as guest editor of special issues on communications networks for key journals. He has contributed chapters to texts on telecommunications systems and networks.
Professor Rubin’s research interests include telecommunications and computer communications systems and networks, mobile wireless networks, optical networks, multimedia IP and ATM networks, satellite networks, CATV networks, queueing systems, C3 systems and networks, network simulations and analysis, and traffic modeling and engineering.

Donald Shoup Donald Shoup       Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning


Donald Shoup has extensively studied parking as a key link between transportation and land use, with important consequences for cities, the economy, and the environment. His influential book, The High Cost of Free Parking, is leading a growing number of cities to charge fair market prices for curb parking, dedicate the resulting revenue to finance public services in the metered districts, and reduce or remove off-street parking requirements. His research on employer-paid parking led to passage of California’s parking cash-out law, and to changes in the Internal Revenue Code to encourage parking cash out. Professor Shoup has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and the World Bank, and has served as Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Honorary Professor at the Beijing Transportation Research Institute, and the Editor of ACCESS.

 jon Jonathan Stewart       Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering


Jonathan P. Stewart is Professor and Chair of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA, where he has been since 1997. All of his degrees (BS, MS, PhD) are from UC Berkeley. Stewart’s technical expertise is in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology, with emphases on soil-structure interaction, ground motion characterization, performance of levees and other embankments, and ground failure. His work has been applied to transportation infrastructure, buildings, major dams, nuclear power plants, and water transmission and flood control systems. Work of his research team has impacted the US National Seismic Hazard Maps; the Global Earthquake Model; building code documents (ASCE-7); and major national and state guidelines documents for existing structures, soil-structure interaction, and landslide hazards.

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Paulo Tabuada         Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Paulo Tabuada is with the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department since 2006 where he established and directs the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory. His research interests include the modeling, analysis, security, and control of real-time, embedded, networked and distributed cyber-physical systems with applications to increasingly autonomous ground and air vehicles.
Brian Taylor Brian D. Taylor       Professor of Urban Planning; Director, Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies; Director, Institute of Transportation Studies


Brian Taylor’s research centers on transportation policy and planning – most of it conducted in close collaboration with his many exceptional students.  His students have won dozens of local and national awards for their work, and today hold positions at the highest levels of planning analysis, teaching, and practice.  More of his students have won awards from the Council of University Transportation Centers for the best capstone project, thesis, or dissertation in transportation policy and planning than have the students of any other faculty member in North America. Professor Taylor explores how society pays for transportation systems and how these systems in turn serve the needs of people who – because of low income, disability, location, or age – have lower levels of mobility.   Topically, his research examines travel behavior, transportation finance, and politics & planning.

 Wachs Martin Wachs       Distinguished Professor Emeritus


Martin Wachs was a professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at UCLA, where he served three terms as chairman of the Department of Urban Planning. He retired as senior principal researcher and director of the Transportation, Space and Technology Program at the RAND Corporation. Wachs is the author of 160 articles and four books on subjects related to relationships between transportation, land use, and air quality; transportation systems; and the use of performance measurement in transportation planning. His research addresses issues of equity in transportation policy, problems of crime in public transit systems, and the response of transportation systems to natural disasters, including earthquakes. His most recent work focuses on transportation finance in relation to planning and policy.

 Rui Wang Rui Wang       Assistant Professor


Professor Rui Wang specializes in the interdisciplinary policy analysis of environmental, transportation, and urban development issues, especially in China and the US. He teaches in the Departments of Urban Planning and Public Policy, directs the UCLA Chinese Planning Professional Training Program, and serves on the Editorial Board of U.S. DOT’s Journal of Transportation and Statistics. Professor Rui Wang has consulted with the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the World Bank. He also gave invited talks at the China Finance 40 Forum, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, RAND, the World Bank, and numerous academic conferences and institutions.

 Arthur Winer Arthur Winer       Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health Sciences


Dr. Arthur M. Winer is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and a core faculty member in the UCLA Environmental Science and Engineering Program, of which he was the Director between 1989 and 1997. Dr. Winer is an atmospheric chemist who has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of atmospheric chemistry, air pollution and exposure assessment topics over the past forty years.  He holds an associated appointment in the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability and continues to conduct collaborative research in retirement.  In addition to his research and teaching contributions, Dr. Winer has worked for more than three decades at the local, state, and national levels to promote legislation and public policies designed to address a broad range of air pollution, environmental justice, public health and urban planning concerns.

 Yifang Zhu

Yifang Zhu          Professor, Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Yifang Zhu is a Professor of the Environmental Health Sciences Department in UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.  She graduated from Tsinghua University in 1997 and received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from UCLA in 2003.  Her research interest is primarily in the field of air pollution, environmental exposure assessment, and aerosol science and technology.  Specifically, she is interested in quantitative exposure/risk assessments on ultrafine particles from various indoor and outdoor sources.  Her current research focuses on measuring and modeling ultrafine particle emissions, transport, and transformation on and near roadways as well as in various indoor environments.  Her scholarship and creativity has been recognized by several national awards, including the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award from the Health Effects Institute in 2007, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation in 2009, and the Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmosphere Environment in 2011. Dr. Zhu was appointed to California Air Resource Board (CARB)’s Research Screening Committee in January 2014.

Lecturers

Madeline Brozen       Lecturer, Introduction to GIS and Advanced GIS


Madeline is the Program Manager, UCLA Complete Streets Initiative and the Assistant Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute of Transportation Studies. Her background includes an education as a transportation planner, consulting experience bicycle and pedestrian planning, and extensive time doing GIS and applied research. At the Lewis Center and Institute of Transportation Studies, Madeline’s research focuses on issues relating to complete streets and spatial analysis. Prior to her time with these centers, Madeline worked with a NASA-sponsored internship program, DEVELOP, where she analyzed satellite imagery to examine environmental issues working both at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and Stennis Space Center, outside of New Orleans. During her time in Los Angeles, Madeline worked for Ryan Snyder Associates as an assistant transportation planner on Safe Routes to School and Bicycle/Pedestrian Master plans.

Herbie Huff       Lecturer,  Introduction to GIS


Herbie Huff is a research associate at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the Institute for Transportation Studies. She wants to bring data and research to bear on the most pressing planning and policy questions decision makers face. Prior to joining UCLA, Herbie worked as a transportation planner focusing on bicycle and pedestrian planning. At Ryan Snyder Associates, she partnered with the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative to create a bicycle count data clearinghouse for Los Angeles County. She has contributed to bicycle and pedestrian plans and other studies of active transportation for over 30 local governments in the Southern California region. Herbie holds a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.S. in Mathematics and English from Harvey Mudd College. She is a Mayoral appointee to the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee and a board member at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

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 Juan Matute      ITS and Lewis Center Associate Director


Juan Matute studies a number of areas relating to the future of urban mobility and accessibility, including sustainable transportation and land use, transit, SB 375 implementation, innovative mobility, and local government climate planning.His work with JR DeShazo on frontiers in local greenhouse gas emissions measurement and management was published in the Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning.  Juan has advised teams in UCLA’s B.S. Environmental Science program that have created a carbon neutral scoping plan and a carbon neutral electricity plan for the City of Hermosa Beach and long-term climate action recommendations for the City of Santa Monica.   In 2011, Juan wrote the technical methodology that California local governments now use to account for greenhouse gas emissions from light and medium-duty vehicles.Juan’s Environmental Assessment of Urban System’s course offers an examination of the relationship between planning, policy-making, and development and local and global environmental outcomes by looking at the California Environmental Quality Act and a systems-based approach to planning for climate change, urban sustainability, and resilience. In 2013, Juan worked with Stephanie Pincetl on a study of California policies indirectly linked to petroleum use.  That study, Unraveling Ties to Petroleum, was published by Next10.   Juan worked with Caltrans to develop a Statewide Transit Strategic Plan and currently manages TransitWiki.org, where transit professionals share best practices.  Juan administers the operations and strategy for the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies.

Walter Okitsu       Lecturer, Introduction to Transportation Engineering


Walter Okitsu is the co-founder of KOA Corporation, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consulting firm. Founded in 1987, KOA Corporation is one of the leading traffic engineering and transportation planning and design firms in California. Okitsu was the inaugural awardee of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Western District Individual Achievement Award in 1998. At UCLA, Okitsu teaches Civil and Environmental Engineering 181: Traffic Engineering Systems where he aims to instill in students a full understanding of traffic and transportation engineering.

Mohja Rhoads       Lecturer, Transportation Geography


Mohja Rhoads is a Senior Research Associate in the South Bay Cities Council of Governments. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French; UCLA with a master’s degree in Urban Planning; and University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in Urban Planning. In the past, she participated in Drive the Future: Electric Vehicle Demonstration and Local Use Electric Vehicle Demonstration projects. Her article on “Face-to-face and computer-mediated communication: What does theory tell us and what have we learned so far?” has been published in Journal of Planning Literature.

Samuel Seskin Samuel Seskin       Lecturer


Sam Seskin is one of America’s keenest analysts of transportation systems – their costs, benefits, environmental and social impacts. A resident of Portland Oregon, he is director of CH2M HILL’s transportation business group. He was formerly a principal professional associate of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., the nation’s largest transportation planning and infrastructure company. He consults widely on relationships between transportation, land use and economics. In three decades of consulting and research, Sam has helped citizens, elected officials and business leaders to make more informed decisions about metropolitan growth and development. He was the consultant project manager for the award-winning LUTRAQ Project (“Making the Land Use/Transportation/Air Quality Connection”) for 1000 Friends of Oregon, which demonstrated a decade ago the benefits of transit-oriented development. In his professional work, Sam has advanced the process of metropolitan planning through developing new analytic tools and applying new research results. Sam is a contributing author of the following publications of the National Research Council, National Academy Press, among them Transit and Urban Form (1996),The Costs of Sprawl (1998, 2002), and Estimating the Benefits and Costs of Public Transit Projects (2002). Sam’s commitment to metropolitan development has led him to serve both on the Board of Trustees for two community land trusts, and on the Board of Regents of the American Economic Development Council. He is on the editorial advisory board of Transportation, an international journal devoted to the improvement of transportation planning and practice.

Ryan Synder       Lecturer, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning


Ryan Snyder, president of Ryan Snyder Associates, LLC (RSA), has managed the production of transportation plans for over twenty-two years. Additionally, he has been involved in lawmaking at the state level and ordinance drafting at the local level. Snyder teaches the national Pedestrian Safety Design course for the Federal Highway Administration.

Ryan Snyder has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. Snyder is one of seven people certified by the California Department of Health Services to conduct Walk Audits for communities to develop pedestrian plans. He is also a Nationally Certified Safe Routes to School Instructor. He has lectured on transportation planning at the UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, in the UCLA Geography Department, and in the UCLA Extension. Mr. Snyder teaches sustainable transportation planning as a module in the National Sustainable Building Advisor Program. Snyder served as the Vice President of the Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners.

Snyder is a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, the American Planning Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Planners.

Norman Wong       Lecturer,  Introduction to GIS and Advanced GIS


Norman Wong is the IT/Data Manager and GIS Program Manager at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies.  He is involved in GIS research and the design and development of internet-based mapping software.  Mr. Wong’s duties include database management, GIS analysis/training/consultation, networking, application development, and general technical support.  Previously, he held appointments in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, the Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), and has been involved in numerous research projects during his 13+ years at the university.  His interests include mapping, programming, and transportation-related issues.  Norman has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics of Computation and a minor in Geography from UCLA.