Your benevolent-ish dictator I am a PhD candidate at MIT in the Engineering Systems program of the Institute for Data, Systems and Society1 and a research assistant in the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. I work with Valerie Karplus, Jinhua Zhao, John Reilly, and others.

I study mobility in China, including both passenger and freight transport but with a particular focus on the rapid growth of private vehicle ownership; its impacts on energy demand, GHG emissions, and local air pollutants; and related policies. This research continues work done for my M.S. in Technology & Policy (TPP) on the interaction of climate policy and passenger travel activity.

I am also interested in data, methods and models that can be used to understand uncertain trends, emerging technologies, and new policies in transport. These assessments inform decisions in pursuit of climate, environmental and economic goals. In particular, I believe the experience of China and other emerging economies will be informative as we transition to transport systems that are consistent with global sustainability.

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Other interests

Since joining the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during high school, the practice and development of leadership has been a strong interest. Able technical leaders are a bulwark against short-term political expediency, which so often undermines good governance. I have worked in engineering leadership education through the University of Toronto (U of T) Engineering Society, Iron Dragons, and Leaders of Tomorrow2; as editor of the Engineering Leadership Review, and at MIT as an instructor of ESD.801 TPP Leadership Seminar.

I received my B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science (Aerospace) from U of T, previously worked on UAV swarm control at the U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies and was a teaching assistant in Engineering Science Praxis design courses. At MIT, I have also served with the Climate CoLab, Transportation Club, Technology Policy Student Society, and Engineering Systems Society.

Between research, volunteer commitments and reading, I don't often find time to get other opinions and ideas into writing. Some exceptions are here, along with resources and interesting items that have inspired me…and also a lot of old cruft! This is at least the tenth incarnation of my personal website over >15 years at half a dozen URLs; the only constants have been the mnemonics γνῶθι σεαυτόν and 勿体無い.

Welcome, and enjoy!

  1. Formerly the Engineering Systems Division

  2. Now the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering.