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ITS meet alumni in Seville , Sept 2018

Nicolas Ibanez, Dan Johnson and Jorge Devesa Gallego

Dan Johnson, Senior Research Fellow, recently met with ITS alumni whilst delivering a course on Transport Infrastructure and Economic Performance at the European Commission’s Joint Research Institute in Seville. Pictured on the left Nicolas Ibanez came to ITS on a 6 month Marie Curie scholarship in Transport Economics 2004. He now works as a Scientific Project Manager at European Commission. Pictured the right Jorge Devesa Gallego who studied MSc Transport Planning 2011, and is now a Transport Modeller and Policy Analyst - Joint Research Centre at European Commission.

Alumna Claire Whitfield joins PSC

Claire Whitfield Alumna

Congratulations to Claire Whitfield who was recently asked to join Professional Standards Committee for the Transport Planning Professional qualification (having achieved hers in 2014). It's a six year post with PSC managing and overseeing the ongoing development of the qualification on behalf of CIHT and TPS - TPP is in it's tenth year this year and recently undertook a ten year review to establish the ongoing relevancy of the technical competencies. Claire graduated with BA Geography with Transport Planning, 2005, she was later named CIHT Young Professional of the Year (North East and Cumbria) in October 2015. Read more.

ITS alumni @aecom100yorks, Sept 2018

Alumni Haruko Nakao, Jennifer Cleaver and Douglas Chapman

Alumni Haruko Nakao (MSc Transport planning, 2016) joins on the bike & supported by Douglas Chapman (MSc Eng Transport Planning and Engineering, 2015) on registration. With statistics like 55k distance, +820ft climbing, 9.7% gradients, 5.5 flapjacks, and a well-deserved fish and chips lunch at the end, this was no easy route. The annual charity bike ride builds on the success of the AECOM 100 sportive cycle ride in Cambridge, and now Leeds has it’s very own AECOM 100 Yorkshire. There is the option to ride 100k with more hill climbs, needing more flapjack and more training, but let’s keep that for next year. Read more

Alumni reunite in Colombia, August 2018


As Steer Davies Gleave rebrands it was really excited to see some our Central American alumni altogether at a recent Steer senior consultant meeting in Colombia; from L to R: Ricardo Montecino Transport Planning 1998, Elena Chiari Preciado Transport Planning & Engineering 2013, Jorge A. Chavez Transport Planning 2013, Armando Orta Transport Economics 2016.

Alumni Ambassador gifts received, August 2018

Alumnae Ariadni Michou
Puteri Paramita
Martin Hansz

As part of the University of Leeds Alumni Ambassador initiative thank you gifts were sent to those who participated.

Ariadni Michou MSc Transport Planning & the Environment (2016)
Puteri Paramita MSc Transport Planning (2010)
Martin Hansz MSc Transport Planning (2016)
Lucila Spotorno MSc Sustainability in Transport (2015) are featured here as some of the first ITS alumni to receive their sustainable tote bag.

Ariadni and Lucila are both based in the UK, Puteri works in Australia and Martin is in Uruguay. Our thank you bags have gone global.

Puteri said: “I use it with pride. Normally, I always fold a reusable bag because it only has the supermarket's name on it, but this time it is my favourite university name".

These thank you tote bags went out to 30 ITS alumni around the world, but where will you see one?

Alumni dinner in Manilla, August 2018


Alumni from our 2017 cohort recently met in the Philippines and enjoyed dinner together; Patricia Mariano, MSc Sustainability in Transport, Jedd Carlo Ugay MSc Transport Economics, and Aliset Sebayang MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering.

Alumna Patricia Mariano writes about pedestrian friendly solutions

Alumna Patricia Mariano

Alumna Patricia Mariano, MSc Sustainability in Transport, 2017 recently published an article about the challenges in making her home town of Manilla a pedestrian friendly destination. She looks at the research as well as the possible solutions. Read more. Patricia also won the Systra prize for the best performing student on her course here at ITS.

Alumna Chiara Calastri wins Eric Pas award, July 2018

Alumna Chiara Calastri

Congratulations to Dr Chiara Calastri for winning the 2017 Eric Pas award presented by the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR). This award is made to honour the best PhD dissertation in the field of travel behaviour research. Chiara won this highly competitive award for her thesis entitled “Capturing and modelling complex decision-making in the context of travel, time use and social interactions”. Chiara was supervised by Prof Stephane Hess and Dr Charisma Choudhury, her award was presented by Elisabetta Cherchi, IATBR Chair.

Alumna Fiona Crawford wins IATBR honourable mention, July 2018

Alumna Fiona Crawford

Congratulations to Dr Fiona Crawford for receiving the latest IATBR (International Association for Travel Behaviour Research) honourable mention for her thesis entitled “Methods for analysing emerging data sources to understand variability in traveller behaviour on the road network”. Fiona recently graduated with her PhD in Transport Studies, supervised by Prof David Watling and Dr Richard Connors and now works as a Research Fellow at UWE. Read more 

Alumna Samira Marx Pinheiro visits ITS, July 2018

Alumna Samira Marx Pinheiro and Professor Richard Batley
Alumna Samira Marx Pinheiro, Professor Richard Batley and colleague

Following her Voorhees-Large Prize winning in March, for her Master dissertation ‘Estimating fare elasticities in rail demand in Great Britain using Bayesian inference’, Samira returned to ITS to address the current masters cohort and talked about her dissertation and the implication of this investigation in the real world. She also described her experience here at ITS and the key lessons learnt during her MSc Transport Economics. Her example offered insights on how to build a relationship with the supervisor, how to organise your work and what are the challenges related to the job market? Read more.

ITS alumni banners on campus, July 2018

We are delighted at our new ITS alumni banners that can be spotted on University Road as well as opposite the Baines Wing. Special thanks go to Alvaro Guzman, Bekele Geleta and Agachai Sumalee for their engagement with ITS. For more information on how you can get involved in the different activities and initiatives around campus and the world visit

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Bekele Geleta banner
Agachai Sumalee banner

Alumnus meet & reminisce in London, July 2018

Alumnus Tom Van Vuren and Sompong Paksarsawan at Paddington railway station

Alumnus Tom Van Vuren and Sompong Paksarsawan recently met at Paddington railway station. Sompong was in London, taking staff from OTP (The Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning) in Thailand on a study tour to see NATS (formerly National Air Traffic Services). Sompong studied at ITS Leeds between 1989 and 1995 and first met Tom at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. ITS had a knowledge exchange programme with that university, arranged by Tony May through the British Council. Tom went over to Bangkok in February 1989 to lecture on traffic management and transport modelling. Sompong was a student and research assistant. 

Sompong arrived in England in August 1989 to undertake a PhD (Traffic Engineering), after Frank Montgomery met him Heathrow, they then went to Tom’s wedding on their way to Leeds. Since then Sompong and Tom have been friends, and visit each other whenever possible. Tom’s mother in law knitted a jumper for Sompong in his first winter in Leeds – he could not understand that people could actually survive such a cold climate. Sompong now runs a successful transport planning consultancy in Bangkok, where it is considerably warmer.

Alumnus Tom Millard presents at the ITEA, June 2018

Alumnus Tom Millard

Alumnus Tom Millard presents at the ITEA in Hong Kong on 'Valuing Urban Realm’. Tom studied MA (now MSc) Transport Economics, 2017.  He graduated with distinction and won the 'Arup Transport Studies Prize' for best dissertation 'What is the impact of urban realm improvements on residential property prices in London?'

Alumna Haneen Khreis speaks at METRANS, June 2018

Alumna Haneen Khreis

Alumna Dr Haneen Khreis (MSc Transport Planning & Engineering 2013 & PhD 2016) speaks on Health Impacts of Urban Transport Planning and Policy. In her presentation, she summarizes the most up-to-date evidence linking transportation planning and policy to public health and highlights some of the underutilized tools for assessing and quantifying these impacts. She identifies research gaps and discuss how a public health approach can facilitate positive change in transportation planning and policy. Read more.

ITS meet Alumni meet @CCavs, June 2018

Prof Natasha Merat and Nikos Thomopoulos

Prof Natasha Merat joins alumnus Nikos Thomopoulos in Brussels at an event organised by the European Commission and the US Department of Transport. It was an invitation only two day symposium to discuss the socioeconomic challenges of connected and automated vehicles. Nikos graduated with PhD Transport Economics & Policy, 2010.



Alumni Volunteer week, June 2018

Alumni volunteer week across the university makes thanks to all of our volunteers who give their time and experience back into our student experience. You too can get involved in a number of ways: give a seminar, write a career profile, speak at one of our events, join our mentoring scheme, sign up to Leeds for Life. For more details contact info(at)

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“It is a pleasure to be a Leeds alumni ambassador. I am glad I had the opportunity to experience UniversityLeeds. ITSLeeds expanded my knowledge, the tools and techniques to cause real life impact. Thank you!“ Alvaro Guzman

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“I am glad to be a Leeds Alumni Ambassador this year and to share my experience. Among many things, Leeds made a big impact on me by broadening my horizon and providing me with the necessary tools to cause a real impact on transportation policy @LeedsAlumni #Leedsalumni” Lucila Capelli

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"It's great to be involved in the #Leedsalumni @ITSLeeds mentoring scheme". Clare Linton

Alumnus Steven O’Hare wins Modelling prize, June 2018

Alumni Steven O’Hare

Congratulations to Steven O’Hare who won the Runner Up prize for New Master of Modelling 2018. Steven graduated from ITS in 2010 with MSc(Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering and later went on to graduate in 2014 with a PhD, his thesis was entitled” The Influence of Structure in Supply and Demand on the Performance and Vulnerability of Road Traffic Networks”.

His award was presented by fellow ITS alumnus and Mott MacDonald colleague Tom van Vuren.

Alumni meet in Japan, May 2018

Kian-Keong Chin, Ki-Joon Kim and Jamie Leather

Three ITS MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering alumni, all from the class of 1990 recently met in Japan at the Asia Intelligent Transport System Forum, Kian-Keong Chin, Ki-Joon Kim, and Jamie Leather. Kian-Keong is Chief Engineer at Land Transport Authority (LTA) in Singapore while Ki-Joon is a Principal Transport Specialist and Jamie is currently Chief of the Transport Sector Group at ADB in the Philippines.

ITS meet alumni in Russia, May 2018

Dr Paul Timms

Dr Paul Timms (PhD in Transport Modelling, 1990) was invited to speak at the Third International Scientific and Practical Conference “Transport Planning and Simulation” in Moscow, organised by the Association of Transport Engineers (Russia). His presentation, entitled “The Decisions Makers Guidebook and Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning” was kindly translated by ITS alumna Maria Melenteva (MSc Transport Planning, 2017). Click here for the  video. The presentation considers the role of transferability analysis in the development of sustainable urban mobility plans (SUMPs). Paul’s visit followed up contacts previously developed by Tony May,  who has had a link with NIIAT in Moscow since 2002, when he and Dr Vadim Donchenko of NIIAT participated in the European Conference of Ministers of Transport's Working Group on Urban Transport.  That Group in turn provided advice on the Decision Makers' Guidebook when it was initially drafted in 2003. Tony was first invited to Moscow in 2004, when he presented a paper on regulatory and fiscal tools to manage demand for car use in cities at an ECMT conference on implementing sustainable urban travel policies in Russia and CIS countries. He subsequently spoke at NIIAT workshops in 2011 on urban transport and sustainability: the key challenges, and in 2013 on good practice in the financing of urban transport.

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Alumna Aparna Garg becomes new DRM, Mysuru India, April 2018

Congratulations to Aparna Garg who recently became the new Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of the South Western Railway Mysuru Division in the city.  Aparna graduated from ITS in 1995 with MA Transport Economics (now MSc). Read more.

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ITS meet alumni in China, April 2018

Dr Yue Huang (Lecturer in Transport Engineering) and Judith Wang (Associate Professor in Civil Engineering) also an ITS alumna met with three ITS alumni, Miss Chuchu Xie (MSc Transport Planning and the Environment, 2017), Mr Zhishen Xu (MSc Sustainability in Transport, 2017) and Miss Yang Yang (MSc Transport Planning and Engineering, 2017), during their programme development meeting at SWJTU-Leeds Joint School in Chengdu, China in April 2018. All three alumni are studying in their final year at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) toward a dual Master Degree in Transportation Engineering. Dr Huang was impressed by how the alumni value their study and experience at ITS. All three alumni have secured a transport consultancy job in China, and they all want to come back and visit Leeds when they have opportunity. Dr Huang also met with Miss Shenxu Deng (MSc Transport Planning and Engineering, 2016) who works for China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group CO Ltd in Chengdu.

Alumnus Yazan Madi wins RTA prize

Alumnus Yazan Madi wins RTA prize, March 2018

Congratulations to Yazan Madi who was recently awarded the title of “The Best Project Manager for 2017” by the Rail Agency at the Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), UAE for his role as the project manager for the Dubai Tram Extension Project. The project will provide an effective and integrated transport system to the residents of Dubai and once in operation it is expected to serve thousands of passengers during rush hours. Effective communication, teamwork and leadership were elemental to the success of the project. The award was presented by H.E. Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA's Rail Agency. Yazan graduated from ITS in 2014 MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering, and said that “Studying in the UK at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at the University of Leeds provided me with the required technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills for successful career in Transport.”

Alumna Samira Marx Pinheiro

Alumna Samira Marx Pinheiro wins Voorhees-Large Prize, March 2018

Congratulations to Samira Marx Pinheiro who won the 2017 Voorhees-Large Prize for her University of Leeds Transport Economics Masters dissertation ‘Estimating fare elasticities in rail demand in Great Britain using Bayesian inference’. The Voorhees-Large Prize, which is worth £500, is awarded by the Brian Large Bursary Fund in memory of Alan M Voorhees and Brian Large, for the best dissertation submitted by a UK resident studying for a Transport Masters.  It will be presented at the PTRC Transport Practitioners Awards Dinner, in Oxford in July. Samira’s professional career started at the Minas Gerais' State Secretariat of Transportation and Public Works where she worked on transport infrastructure regulation and transport services. By 2015, she was the Chief-Advisor of Planning, a post she left in 2016 to start her MSc Transport Economics at the Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds. Samira is now the Director of Concessions in the Minas Gerais' State Secretariat of Transportation and Public Works, responsible for the regulation of PPPs and other long-term public contracts in the transport sector. Read more.

ITS meet alumni in Argentina, March 2018

ITS Senior Research Fellow in Freight & City Logistics, Eleanora Morganti met with alumnus Martin Hansz at a recent international workshop on sustainable supply chains and food security in Buenos Aries, where they both presented on food and mobility in Latin American cities. The event was sponsored by the British Council Higher Education Links and Martin (MSc Transport Planning (2016) was covered by N8 Agrifood, which takes an integrated approach to the food system with three interconnected research themes: Sustainable Food Production, Resilient Supply Chains, and Improved Consumption and Health.

Alumnus Agachai Sumalee Wins British Council Alumni Award

Alumnus Agachai Sumalee Wins British Council Alumni Awards, March 2018

Congratulations to alumnus Agachai Sumalee who was announced the 2018 Social Impact Winner at the British Council Alumni Awards ceremony in March. The Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, was presented to Prof. Agachai Sumalee who is a world-class academic in the field of transportation, and during his successful career, he has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, and Thailand. He has successfully transferred his knowledge of the concept and its technology to improve Thailand’s transportation system including reforming the bus regulation system in Bangkok, the National GPS system for road safety, and the All-Thai taxi system, as well as serving on several government committees. Agachai, originally from Thailand, joined ITS and graduated with distinction in 2000 MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering and then went on to complete his PhD in 2004, Transport Economics and Operations Reach. He currently works as an Associate Professor and Vice President at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang. All of the British Council Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Read more.

ITS meet alumni in the Philippines, February 2018

ITS Alumni sharing a meal

At the invitation of the British High Commission in Manila Dr Charisma Choudhury (Lecturer in Transport Engineering & Emerging Economies) participated in the "The UK Visiting Professors Public Lecture Series". Her guest lectures, hosted at the University of Philippines and De La Salle University, focused on "Technology and Data-Driven Transport Planning". Both lectures were attended by more than 100 students, academics, government and non-governmental stakeholders involved in transport planning in the Philippines. She also had the opportunity to meet with some of our recent alumni (pictured L to R) Jedd Ugay (MSc Transport Economics, 2017) who works as a programme specialist for Korea Eximbank, Rob Siy (MSc Transport Economics, 2016) who works as a Consulting Economist for Transport, Infrastructure, and Public-Private Partnerships in the Department of Finance in the Philippines and Patricia Mariano (MSc Sustainability in Transport, 2017) who currently works for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Manila.

Alumnus Vasileios Lykoudis

Alumnus Vasileios Lykoudis returns to visit ITS, February 2018

Vasileios Lykoudis currently works as a Market Development Manager at National Express. Since graduating in 2012 with MA Transport Economics (now classified as MSc) he went on to work for AECOM in Bristol and then National Express Trains in London. His recent visit to ITS was primarily to discuss collaborative opportunities between ITS and National Express with Jeremy Shires.

Alumnus Peter Stoner returns to deliver seminar, February 2018

In his first visit back to ITS after 35 years since graduation Peter Stoner returned to deliver his seminar entitled “How to maintain Public transport Information for Google Maps that is comprehensive, integrated, up to date and accurate.” Peter graduated in 1985 with an MA in Transport Economics from ITS. This course is now classified as an MSc Transport Economics. After graduating he worked in public transport coordination jobs in Tyne and Wear, Cumbria and Northumberland.  After that he took on a UK wide role coordinating the Traveline service and the Traveline National Data Set of open data for UK public transport.  Currently Peter works for using TNDS and other data sources to supply static and real time public transport information to Google Maps and other major journey planners.  To see his slides click here.

Photo L to R: Michaelis Lambrinos, Paul Timms (ITS), Demetris Demetriou, Dave Watling (ITS)
Photo L to R: Michaelis Lambrinos, Paul Timms (ITS), Demetris Demetriou, Dave Watling (ITS)

Alumni return for TrACE project, February 2018

Alumni Michaelis Lambrinos MSc Transport Planning and Engineering (1978) and Demetris Demetriou, MSc Transport Planning and Engineering (1996) return to ITS for the Transport Analytics Centre of Excellence (TrACE) consortium. Michaelis is Head of Sustainable Mobility and Demetris is a Transport Planner and Special Scientific Collaborator, both of them work for the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Cyprus (the coordinating partner of TrACE). The Ministry aims to establish a Transport Analytics Centre of Excellence (TrACE), which is in alignment with the Cyprus Smart Specialization Strategy (CySSS). TrACE aims to make a step change in the culture of research and innovation in Cyprus, and hence contribute to the Government’s strategic goal for restructuring the economy and society. TrACE is planned to be divided into four research units: Transport Planning/Engineering/Policy; Intelligent Transport Systems; Green Transport; and Marine Transport/Blue Economy. TrACE will be established through a true joint-venture which includes Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds.

Alumni return for annual employers visit, January 2018

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It was great to see some of our alumni returning to ITS as part of the annual employers visits, where we welcome some of the major transport companies to deliver presentations to students as well as interviewing them for possible employment vacancies after graduation. This year we were delighted on day one to welcome back Erin Fu (MSc Transport Planning 2017) who is currently working as a Graduate Transport Planner with Arup, Daniel Chaney (MSc Transport Planning 2015) who is currently working with Network Rail, Ahmer Baqal (MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering 2016) who is currently working at Aecom as a Graduate Engineer, Aref Alipour (MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 2013) who is a Senior Transport Planner for Arcadis and Gavin Thomson (MSc Transport Planning 2014) who is a Transport Consultant at Jacobs.

Day two welcomed more of our local alumni involved in the employer visits; Andrew Merrall (MSc (Eng) Transport Planning & Engineering 1994) - Senior Managing Consultant at Atkins, Rosie Ward (MSc Transport Planning 2016) - Graduate Transport Planner at WSP, and Ioanna Moscholidou (MSc Sustainability in Transport 2014 & current PhD) who is currently a Graduate Transport Planner at WYG who are sponsoring her PhD Entitled “the governance of smart mobility”.

Alumnus John Thomas

Alumnus John Thomas presents at Railway Structure Symposium, January 2018

Alumnus John Thomas returns to ITS to present at the recent Railway Structure Symposium hosted at ITS. John is  Director of Policy at Rail Delivery Group with a wealth of experience in the development and implementation of transport policy, legislation and regulation in the UK and Middle East. John graduated MSc Transport Economics in 1994 and was awarded the JMP prize for top performer. 

ITS meet with Alumni in Uruguay, January 2018

During a recent visit to South America ITS Alumni Manager Jennifer Cleaver met with alumni friends from the 2015 and 2016 cohort of masters students. Lucila Capelli (MSc Transport Planning and the Environment, 2015), Lucila currently works as an Advisor at Ministry of Transport, Argentina. María Eugenia Rivas was awarded the CH2M Hill Prize for best performance on the MA Transport Economics course 2015, she currently works as an Economist at CSI Ingenieros. Adrià Ramirez Papell (MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering, 2015), Adrià is the Mobility Data and Public Policy Manager at Shotl and Martín Hansz (MSc Transport Planning, 2016) came to study at ITS on the recommendation of María Eugenia Rivas. Martin currently works at the Católica University of Uruguay, as a Transport Consultant.

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Season's Greetings, December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it is timely to update you on another busy but productive year for the Institute. Read more

Prof Jillian Anable and Jo Draper
Prof Jillian Anable and Urie Bezuidenhout

ITS & alumni in New Zealand, December 2017

Prof Jillian Anable, Professor of Transport & Energy at ITS recently met two alumni whilst attending the Australasian Transport Research Forum, New Zealand.

Jillian met with Jo Draper, who currently works as a Principal Transportation Planner, Abley Transportation Consultants. Jo graduated from ITS in 2003 Transport Planning MSc, and Urie Bezuidenhout who currently works as a Transport Planning Manager at Cardno NZ Ltd, and Auckland University. He graduated from ITS in 2000, Transport Planning and Engineering MSc(Eng).

In memoriam, Dr Frank Lai 1969-2017

We are deeply saddened that our friend, colleague and alumni Frank Lai recently passed away after a courageous battle against cancer. Frank graduated from ITS in 1997, Transport Planning and Engineering MSc(Eng) and continued his PhD in Transport Studies graduating in 2005. He will be missed by many. His legacy willl be carried into the future as we celebrate his life through the newly created annual Frank Lai Student Award for “most impactful dissertation”. This will be presented for the first time at the Decembergraduation celebrations. To read his obituary and his academic achievements please click here.

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Alumna Noor Zaitun Yahaya returns to deliver external seminar, November 2017

Noor Zaitun Yahaya returns to ITS having graduated in 2014 with a PhD in Transport Studies, under the supervision of Dr James Tate. She now works as a Senior Lecturer at University Malaysia Terengganu and researches on transport and air quality in Malaysia. Noor is also the President of the Clean Air Society Forum for Malaysia who link with Clean Air Asia, which is registered under United nation agencies. Her presentation delivered to our Masters cohort was entitled “My Atmos_Novel Method with Stochastic Approach towards Sustainable Environment Model”. 

Dr Manoj Singh

Alumnus Manoj Singh becomes new DRM, Jabalpur, November 2017

Dr Manoj Singh graduated with a PhD in Transport studies in 2009 and has extensive experience in the rail industry. More recently he was Adviser (Transport) Planning Commission for the Government of India. Congratulations to Manoj as he becomes the new Divisional Railway Manager, Jabalpur of West Central Railway. Read more.

Alumna Lucila Capelli

Alumna Lucila Capelli joins talks at COP23, Germany, November 2017

Lucila Capelli graduated with MSc Transport Planning and the Environment in 2015 with distinction and now works as an Advisor for the Ministry of Transport, Argentina. She joined one of the Talk Shows on Transport and Climate Change #5: Celebrating Transport Climate Action as part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) conference in Bonn, Germany. Lucila talked about some of the current transport initiatives in Buenos Airies such as ongoing clean bus pilot testing and shared mobility, as well as some of the changes the city faces with agricultural freight and data availability. This live-streamed session convened messages from the Transport Day, reinforcing the interdependence of national and stakeholder action on climate change. The full video can be viewed here and for more visit #WeAreTransport UNFCCC COP23 #COP23

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Alumnus Chris Allan delivers external seminar, November 2017

Chris Allan graduated in 2013, MSc Transport Planning. He now works at AECOM, working across Transport Planning, Development Planning and Traffic teams to deliver solutions to all sorts of issues. He's designed Rail Freight Terminals in Latvia, Cycle Networks in the north west and cement plants in Moscow, as well as developing Masterplans for countries, strategies for regions and spending an inordinate amount of time on business cases for cycle improvements and optioneering for rail schemes. His main interest is the integration of mobility into the fabric of urban and rural spaces whilst not impinging upon liveability, walkability, air quality or, indeed, quality of life.  He returns to ITS to deliver his seminar on "Transport & Placemaking: much more than playing with trains" and explores the impact of transport policy and urban design history in shaping so much more than just how we get around: civil society, health, economic activity. See slides here

Alvaro Guzman

Alumnus Alvaro Guzman joins Ecuador Ministry of Transport, October 2017

Alvaro returned to his homeland of Ecuador in September to take up a prestigious role working as the Under Secretary of Road and Rail Transport for the Minister of Transport. Alvaro graduated in MSc Sustainability in Transport 2010 and then returned to ITS to study for his PhD in 2013. His new exciting role at the Ministry will give him the opportunity to put some of his academic experiences into practice and propose policies and the regulatory framework on Land Transport and Rail, Traffic and Road Safety; and monitor compliance. Coordinate the updating of the current regulations regarding operational modalities, technical aptitude of equipment, insurance and all regulations related to the area of its competence. Participate in the elaboration and update of the Multimodal Transport Plan and development of the Logistics Infrastructure for Ecuador.

ITS alumni in World Bank webinar, October 2017

The recent webinar recording is now available featuring ITS alumni Matt Bull (Transport Economics, 2002) and Anita Mauchan (Transport Planning and Engineering, 1994). Their publication on “Toll Road PPPs: Identifying, Mitigating and Managing Traffic Risk” is also available to read online.

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Alumnus James Reeves delivers external seminar, October 2017

James Reeves, Senior Technical Director, IMC Worldwide  (MA Transport Economics 1989) returned to ITS this week for the first time in nearly 30 years to deliver his seminar on “Transport Economics in Small (Island) States”. See slides here

James Reeves is a Senior Technical Director with IMC Worldwide. He is amongst the first of our alumni to deliver a seminar this academic season to our students, following a recent initiative to encourage further alumni engagement. He leads the firm's Economics and Finance team. He graduated in 1989 and has 28 years’ experience, mostly in consultancy. In the last 5 years, James has increasingly worked across all infrastructure sectors, although his main focus remains transport. James has worked in more than 40 countries, and over the past 10 years or so he has focused increasingly on small states, many of which are island states. In recent times, James' work has been focused on issues around financing and the prioritisation of investments in situations where financial and human resources are extremely constrained, and where traditional economic appraisal doesn't really help.

Alumnus Marc Fialkoff named Transportation Fellow @ Eno, October 2017

Congratulations to ITS Alumnus Marc Fialkoff as he is selected as a Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation. The Eno Center is a non-profit foundation with the study of emerging issues in transportation policy and the cultivation of future leaders in the field as its core mission. Marc graduated from ITS with MSc in Transport & Sustainability in 2011 Read more…

Marc also comments on the restriction on freight transportation networks affecting Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Read more…

Education UK Alumni Awards 2017-18

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. British Council coordinated alumni awards have been organised for the last two years in a limited number of countries but this year see a significant development and the growth of the scheme into a global award format. The University of Leeds have had success in previous years; five finalists and one winner in 2015-16 and eleven finalists and two winners in 2016-17. APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

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From L/R: Alvaro Guzman, Magda Cepeda, Andrew Tomlinson, Raquel Lopez, Jeff Tjiong

Alumna Raquel Lopez joins ITS Summer BBQ - July 2017

ITS welcomed back Raquel Lopez who spoke to the current cohort of students and staff about her journey since graduating in 2010 with MSc (Eng) Transport Planning and Engineering. Raquel is employed at WYCA, Leeds and is currently working there as an Analyst Advisor. To read more about Raquel visit her alumni profile on our worldmap.

The BBQ also joins together other ITS alumni from around the globe, many of whom started their Masters and returned to study their PhD. From L/R: Alvaro Guzman, Magda Cepeda, Andrew Tomlinson, Raquel Lopez, Jeff Tjiong

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.

ITS & Alumni in USA

ITS & Alumni in USA, July 2017

Simon Shepherd chaired a special interest group in transportation at the 35th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, where alumni Armando Orta (MA Transport Economics 2016) presented his dissertation from last year. They also met up with Oluwasegun Aluko (PhD 2015) who was supervised by Astrid Gühnemann and previous winner of the student prize at the 18th UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference for his paper “A Model for the Evaluation of Transport Safety Policies in Commercial Motorcycle Operation in Nigeria”

These annual conferences, and the meetings of local chapters and interest groups, introduce newcomers to the field, keep practitioners aware of current developments, and provide unparalleled networking opportunities.

Alumni prize winners, June 2017

Congratulations to Edward Dawes (BA Geography with Transport Studies 2016) for winning the Best Paper by a Young Professional at the recent Transport Practitioners Meeting (TPM) sponsored by Transport Planning Society. TPM is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers. Practitioners, policy makers and academics will present numerous, topical papers over the course of the two days, enabling lively debates and the dissemination of the latest thinking across the profession. Read more

Alumnus Luis (Pilo) Willumsen receiving Master of Modelling Lifetime Achievement Award, June 2017

Congratulations to Luis Willumsen (PhD, 1980) who won The PTRC Lifetime Achievement Award at the TPM. This award is presented to an individual or organisation for their long-term commitment and contribution to the profession and/or the development of the transport agenda in the UK.

Luis also won the prestigious Master of Modelling Lifetime Achievement Award at the Modelling World conference in London. This is a lifetime achievement award that is open to all modellers who are working, or who have worked, in the UK. This award was peer-reviewed and judged by the Modelling World Steering Group, key partners and PTV. It is a well-deserved recognition of his contribution to the transport modelling community. It is awarded to an individual who has: excelled in driving change, challenged thinking, the most for 'moving modelling on' during their career.

Haneen Khreis receiving certificate

Congratulations to Haneen Khreis (Phd, 2017), for her best PhD abstract "Full-chain Quantitative Health Impact Assessment of Traffic –Related air Pollution and Childhood Asthma in Bradford, UK" at the International Conference on Transport and Health in Barcelona.

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