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Alumni Andrew Koh MSc (Eng), Judith Wang MSc and Leighton Cardwell MSc, Ian Palmer MSc (Eng), Tom Van Vuren PhD, Fitsum Teklu MSc (Eng) and PhD and Dirk Van Vliet

ITS alumni at NORTHMOST 02, June 2017

It was great to see so many alumni return to ITS to take part in the NORTHMOST 02. This was the second in the series of one-day seminar/workshop events: hosted in the NORTH, focussed on Mathematics of Systems of Transport. 

Alumni attending (L to R) were Andrew Koh MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering and PhD, Judith Wang MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering, Leighton Cardwell MSc Transport Planning, Ian Palmer MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering, Tom van Vuren PhD, Fitsum Teklu MSc (Eng)Transport Planning and Engineering and PhD and Dirk Van Vliet.

Prof Greg Marsden and Alumnus Pedro Scarpinelli

ITS & Alumni in Leipzig, May 2017

The International Transport Forum, Summit on Governance of Transport took place in Leipzig promoting “global dialogue for better transport”. 1316 participants from 80 different countries were registered. Among them were ITS Staff Prof Greg Marsden and Dr Louise Reardon who ran a pre-summit research day and summit event on the ‘Governance of the smart mobility transition’. Dr Kate Pangbourne also presented her work from the ADAPT project at the event and PhD student Ioanna Moscholidou attended as event rapporteur. Prof Marsden also spoke at the debate on “women in transport” which focussed on how better governance can help attract women to the transport sector, looking at women as transport users and women in the transport workforce. Alumnus Pedro Scarpinelli (MSc Sustainability in Transport, 2015), who was supervised by Greg during his masters at ITS represented Buenos Aires  was there in his capacity as an Adviser to the Under-secretariat for Sustainable Mobility of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, winner of the integrated urban renewal award. Pedro’s work emphasizes the importance of safe and sustainable transport, a key theme for the 2019 summit.

Alumnus Eric KC Ching outside ITS

Alumnus Eric KC Ching visits ITS, April 2017

Alumnus Eric KC Ching from Hong Kong, and his wife, paid an impromptu visit to ITS during their recent holiday in the UK. Eric graduated in 1985 with an MSc Transport Planning & Engineering.

“It is great to see the change which definitely helps to enhance the service and efficiency of the business in the Institution for the benefit of the students at large.”  

They also attended the MSc Dissertation Poster Sessions in Parkinson Hall taking place that day.  “I had the opportunity to meet a few students and by whom I was introduced about their projects.  I was delighted to see the high quality of work they displayed and the creative thoughts they had put into their projects.  In this respect, I can appreciate the supervisors had done a great job in guiding the projects as well.  I had dinner with 3 of the Hong Kong students in the evening. 

I had a number of visits to Leeds over the decades since I returned to Hong Kong.  Every time I came back to Leeds, I visited the University and ITS, cause I love to see how the University evolve, bloom, and escalate.  I also took the opportunity to say "Hello" to my good neighbour during my stay in Leeds back in 1984/85.  My last visit carried another purpose.  That is to visit a classmate of Leeds who lives in Dublin of Ireland who is also a student in the MSc programme in 1984/85.  This is the reason why my destinations included Ireland. 

I am sure my future trips to England would include Leeds and the ITS for as long as I can manage.”

Alumnus Nalin Shinghal wins Udyog Ratna Award, April 2017

Nalin Shinghal, graduated from ITS with a PhD in Transport Economics, 1999. His thesis titled 'An application of Stated Preference Methods to The Study of Intermodal Freight Transport Services in India'. Earlier this month he was awarded the prestigious Udyog Ratna Award, conferred by the Institute of Economic Studies (IES), India. Read more

Picture 1: Eleanora with Maria Eugenia Rivas (MA Transport Economics 2014) who now works as an Economist at CSI Ingenieros, Uruguay and Martin Hansz (MSc Transport Planning 2016) who currently works as a Transport Planner at the National Planning and Logi
Picture 3: During her time in Buenos Airies Eleanora also met with Alumna Lucila Capelli (MSc Transport Planning and the Environment, 2015) who now works as an Advisor at Ministry of Transport, Argentina.
Picture 2: Eleanora with Alumni Andres Alcala (MA Transport Economics, 2001) during their recent CAF meeting in Uruguay.

ITS Visit South America, March 2017

Eleanora Morganti, Senior Research Fellow in Freight & City Logistics attended the N8 AgriFood workshop in Argentina and took the opportunity to meet up with some of our alumni in Uruguay and Argentina.

Picture 1: Eleanora with Maria Eugenia Rivas (MA Transport Economics 2014) who now works as an Economist at CSI Ingenieros, Uruguay and Martin Hansz (MSc Transport Planning 2016) who currently works as a Transport Planner at the National Planning and Logistics Department - Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Uruguay.

Picture 2: Eleanora with Alumni Andres Alcala (MA Transport Economics, 2001) during their recent CAF meeting in Uruguay.

Picture 3: During her time in Buenos Airies Eleanora also met with Alumna Lucila Capelli (MSc Transport Planning and the Environment, 2015) who now works as an Advisor at Ministry of Transport, Argentina.

Alumnus Barry Humphreys gives Chair’s summary of Capacity Building Airports, March 2017

Prominent alumnus Barry Humphrey (CBE) graduated with a PhD in Air Transport Economics, 1973. He recently he spoke at the International Transport Forum in Mexico on Capacity Building through Efficient Use of Existing Airport Infrastructure. Read more... In the UK 2015/16 New Year's Honours List he was appointed a CBE for his contributions to aviation and charity

Alumnus Shafiq-Ur Rahman

Alumnus Shafiq-Ur Rahman returns to ITS as a Visiting Researcher, January 2017

Dr. M. Shafiq-Ur Rahman, ITS PhD alumnus 2010-2013, returns to ITS until November 2017. Shafiq is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and will be a Visiting Researcher (Commonwealth Fellow) in ITS. He will be conducting research on multi-modal public transport integration as well as being involved in building a network with UK researchers towards future collaboration of research activities. To read his alumni profile click here.

Hilary Holden

Alumna Hilary Holden: City peak time access control plan for roads, January 2017

Plans for peak hour road closures in Cambridge have been abandoned after the idea received the thumbs-down from the public. But preparation of a workplace parking levy scheme will continue and investigations are to commence into a charging Clean Air Zone (CAZ). Hilary Holden, Cambridgeshire’s lead officer, city access, for the City Deal, told councillors: “It is clear that there are some valid concerns relating to air pollution on busier streets, worries that people would be prevented from accessing/leaving their homes and businesses during peak times, and concern that the needs of disabled citizens have not been taken into account.” Read the full article here.

This article is reproduced from LTT issue 714, 20 January 2017

ITS welcome new alumni, December 2016

ITS welcomes a new cohort of graduates to the alumni community and congratulates all of them on their achievements, that were marked not only by the graduation ceremony but by a festive themed social event in our new ITS building. Special congratulations go to Armando Orta Madero who won the Ove Arup Transport Prize (Best Dissertation) and Ka Ho Tsio (pictured) who won the SYSTRA Transport Prize (Best MSc TP/ MSc Sus (T). We wish each and every one of you every success for the future.

Alumnus Ben Still

Alumnus Ben Still presents seminar at ITS, December 2016

Ben Still graduated from ITS in 1997 with a PhD in Transport Studies, and was appointed West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s new Managing Director earlier in 2016

He presented a seminar to ITS students that covered topics such as Combined Authorities, Devolution, City Region transport strategies, Northern Powerhouse & Transport for the North. Read more

Alumnus Yazan Midi

Alumnus Yazan Madi presents at TRA2016, Poland

Yazan Madi is a Senior Specialist - Project Manager at Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai. He graduated from ITS in 2014 with an MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering with Distinction.

Yazan had the opportunity to participate and present his research paper “Investigating and calibrating the dynamics of vehicles in traffic micro-simulations models” to the European Commission at the Transport Research Arena Conference 2016 (TRA 2016) which took place in April at the PGE Narodowy stadium in Warsaw, Poland. TRA 2016 themed “Moving Forward – Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility” is the most important event in Europe that addresses scientific research on surface and water transport and brings together the most representative group of people involved in the creation of modern transport. This year’s conference has contributed in driving research towards innovation and market uptake. It has showcased technology developments, new transport paradigms and innovative business models for mobility and logistics that are paving the way towards a better future transport system. 

Yazan’s research paper has been published in the Transportation Research Procedia - Elsevier journals and is now available on ScienceDirect, where over 15 million scientists and researchers around the globe can read it on the following link:

Prof Sigit Priyanto, Dr Imam Muthohar and Dr Chandra Balijepalli

Alumnus Sigit Priyanto from Indonesia visits ITS, September 2016

Prof Sigit Priyanto and Dr Imam Muthohar of University of Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia visited ITS Leeds in September in connection with an ongoing research project funded by the Ministry of Education, Indonesia under the DIKTI Grant scheme. The project aims at improving the resilience of the road network in Yogyakarta by applying the network modelling method developed by Dr Chandra Balijepalli at ITS and seeks to identify the critical road links to recover after an incident such as an earthquake or a volcanic eruption has occurred. Knowledge of critical road links is essential for planning emergency evacuation routes and also for optimally allocating resources to maintain the road system to ensure adequate accessibility levels. Prof Priyanto is an alumnus of ITS Leeds and has active teaching links with ITS. UGM and ITS offer ‘1+1’ masters degree programmes in Transport Studies and Dr Balijepalli has established a new research link with UGM widening the hitherto teaching only link.

Alumnus Andy Turnbull gets on-board, September 2016

Andy graduated this year from ITS with BA in Geography with Transport Planning and gets his career off to a great local start with Transdev Transport Group. For more click here.

Steer Davies Gleave

Alumna Anita Mauchan joins SGD as Director, August 2016

Congratulations to Anita who graduated from ITS with a Masters in Transport Planning & Engineering in 1995. She rejoins Steer Davies Gleave and now as Director in the firm’s Planning team. Read more

Damian Kilburn

Alumnus Damian Kilburn elected to ICE Council, August 2016

Congratulations to Damian who has been elected to ICE Council as the Regional Member for Yorkshire and Humber. He also graduated from ITS in 1995 with a Masters in Transport Planning & Engineering. As one of the 14 newly elected members he will take office from 1 November 2016 and will serve for three years. Read more

Alumna Lea Ružic joins ITS Summer BBQ - July 2016

ITS welcomed back Lea Ruzic who spoke to the current cohort of students and staff about her journey since graduating with a distinction in Msc Transport Planning in 2012. Lea found work at AECOM through attending the employers visit to ITS and has worked as a transport planning consultant since then. For more photos of the BBQ see our Facebook page.

We are always delighted to welcome back our graduates and if you are interested in delivering a presentation to our current cohort, at any time during the academic year, we would love to hear from you, please email us.

Alumnus Jonathan Gomez Vilchez wins WCTRS Young Researchers' Initiative - July 2016

The WCTRS Young Researchers' Initiative awarded Jonathan's paper entitled "Car technologies and their impact on climate - A system dynamics approach" with one Prestige Grant in July, 2016. An excerpt of the Abstract is: "This paper aims at investigating possible impacts of car powertrain technologies on future energy demand and its corresponding greenhouse gases. The study contains a dynamic modeling exercise using econometrics and system dynamics. The resulting simulation model covers nine car technologies in six countries until 2030". ITS congratulate Jonathan on this award and to read more about Jonathan visit and to see more on our ITS alumni event at WCTR click here.

Alumna Michele Dix, Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards - June 2016

Congratulations to ITS Alumna Michele Dix, Director of Crossrail2, who is named in the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards. Backed by the WES (Women's Engineering Society) and sponsored by a range of industry partners, this initiative aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector.

Dr Gustav Markkula

ITS visit Argentina June 2016

Dr Gustav Markkula recently visited Argentina to attend the ASSC (Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness). A side project of his related to perception and consciousness got picked up by Daniel Dennett, who is a heavyweight in the field (there was a specific session to honour his lifetime achievement). At the conference Gustav presented some follow-up work and met many others to discuss potential collaborations, both related to consciousness in general, but in some case also with emphasis on driving.

During his time in Buenos Aries he also met with Alumnae Carla Galeota, and recent graduate Lucila Capelli. As a result they are now preparing for some possible collaboration opportunities they identified on topics like standardised methods for transport data collection, Argentinian driver behaviour, and country-specific microsimulation models. They also identified a number of potential funding sources.

Pedro Andres
Elena Chiari, Courtney Groundwater and classmate Viviana Farbiarz Castro

In other global Alumni news

2015 graduate Pedro Scarpinelli and Andres Alcala collaborated in Brazil at CAF to develop diagnosis of motorbikes in Rio.



Elena Chiari, Courtney Groundwater and classmate Viviana Farbiarz Castro met up together in Panama for the first time since graduating in 2013.

Alumna May Obiri-Yeboah, Awarded Engineer Honours April 2016

Congratulations to May Obiri-Yaboah and her twin sister who were both honoured as Fellows of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) in April.

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PhD student Segun Aluko

Alumnus Prize winner, Oluwasegun Aluko, April 2016

The winner of the student prize at the 18th UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference was recent Alumni Oluwasegun Aluko for his paper “A Model for the Evaluation of Transport Safety Policies in Commercial Motorcycle Operation in Nigeria”. 

There were five full paper entries for the student prize, covering a range of system dynamics applications in business, the environment and the housing market. The papers were assessed on four criteria: dynamic problem formulation, justified use of the system dynamics methodology, model results and implementation, and contribution to knowledge. All entrants gave presentations of their work to the UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference and received feedback from the judging panel with a view to publishing their work.

Three features of Oluwasegun Aluko’s work stood out. Firstly, the range of policy changes that gave insight into how the driver behaviour could be improved. Secondly, the data extraction methods used. Semi-structured interviews with drivers were used in model construction and calibration. Thirdly, the potential transferability of the model to other forms of commercial taxi services across many developing countries where the operational issues are similar.

Although Oluwasegun could not be there to receive the prize, it was received on his behalf by his PhD supervisor, Dr Astrid Güehnemann, who also presented his work to the chapter conference. ITS and The policy council send their congratulations to Oluwasegun, and wish him the best in his future career.

A copy of his presentation is available from    

ITS visit India March 2016

Dr Andrew Smith was hosted by former Masters student Syed Rahman who studied MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & MA Transport Economics, and former PhD student Manoj Singh at Indian Railways for a week in March. During this time he presented to the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), Government of India on "Rail regulation in Europe: powers, directions and impacts". This topic was particularly relevant as there are current plans underway to create a rail regulatory body in India.

Introducing the MSc Transport Economics, 2016

September 2016 will see the launch of the new MSc Transport Economics programme at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. This course will equip a new generation of economics professionals to develop in the transport sector.

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Michele Dix visits ITS, Feb 2016

Michele Dix CBE, Managing Director of Crossrail2 TfL, was hosted by Prof Peter Mackie at ITS. Michele delivered a seminar on “Planning for the Future—Crossrail 2”. She is one of our most distinguished alumni who has worked in several senior roles for TfL including managing the London Congestion Charging project and Managing Director of Planning from 2007. She is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it. This was a unique opportunity to hear from the inside the process and problems of creating a huge urban public transport scheme. Read more about Michele...