Ralph Gakenheimer is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning. He specializes in urban transport in rapidly motorizing and urbanizing countries with special attention on transport and land development.
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and recent Chair of the Committee on Developing Countries of the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academy of Science. He has published over 100 papers on urban transportation in rapidly motorizing and urbanizing cities. His recent book, co-edited with Harry T. Dimitriou, is Urban Transport in Developing Countries: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (Edward Elgar Press, UK, 2011, Google Books 2012). He has been consultant on transport in many countries, including Indonesia, Colombia, Chile. Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Venezuela, Mexico, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.
He has been visiting professor at the University of Paris XII, the University of the Andes (Bogotá), University of California at Berkeley, the Catholic University of Chile, the National University of Colombia at Medellín. He was visiting staff for over a year each at the Ministry of Transport of France and the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile and for six months at the World Bank.
His education is in engineering science and urban planning at Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, the Univ. of Pennsylvania and the National Engineering University of Peru.