About

Your benevolent-ish dictator I am a Ph.D. candidate at MIT in the Engineering Systems program of the Institute for Data, Systems and Society,1 a Martin Family Fellow in Sustainability (2017), and research assistant2 in the MIT 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 pollution; and related policy. This research continues work done for my S.M. 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 transition economies will be informative as we seek to make transport systems compatible with global sustainability.

Find me on Twitter, Github, Google Scholar, Keybase, Disqus, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.
E-mail me at mail@paul.kishimoto.name; my PGP fingerprint is EB2C 9E86 96D5 EB2C 9C66 428B 61A1 338E 4CE1 9468.

Other interests

Since joining the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during middle school, the practice and development of leadership has been a strong personal interest. Able, technical leaders are a bulwark against both short-term political expediency, which so often undermines good governance, and the unintended but largely foreseeable consequences of technological change. I have worked in engineering leadership education through the University of Toronto (U of T) Engineering Society, Iron Dragons, and Leaders of Tomorrow;3 as editor of a (short-lived) 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 control of UAV swarms 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 work, service 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 mottos γνῶθι σεαυτόν and 勿体無い.

Welcome, and enjoy!


  1. Formerly the Engineering Systems Division

  2. Except while holding the Martin Fellowship. 

  3. Now the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead).