Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Luiz Senna

Country: Brazil

Name: Luiz Senna

Company: School of Engineering - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Position: Professor

ITS Course: PhD, Transport Studies, 1994

I have worked for over 20 years as a Professor at the School of Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. I am an area researcher and consultant to national, private and governmental institutions and international development organizations. 

It was an extraordinary period that helped me to fully understand transport planning and economics. My PhD was a landmark in my career both as an academic and as CEO of state companies and a Regulatory Transport Agency in Brazil. 

I chose my ITS course and the University of Leeds because ITS is a major leading transport group, and a world-class player. 

My advice to potential students considering a course at ITS is that students looking for knowledge in the transport area will have an excellent opportunity to learn from leading researchers. Topics discussed at ITS not only present what is relevant in academic terms, but also provide full information about future developments or the area. 

The highlight of my career so far is that I became a full Professor and had some experience as CEO of a Municipal Transport and Traffic Company in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Secretary of Transport in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was Director of ANTT, the National  Brazilian Land Transport Regulatory Agency, in charge of roads, railways, interstate passengers road transport. When I finished my studies in Leeds I returned to Brazil.