In the first of a new series of IDG student profiles, we meet Weixuan Li, a second-year student in the Master in City Planning (MCP) and a first-year student Master of Science in Transportation (MST) programs. Before coming to DUSP, Weixuan received her undergraduate degree from Peking University in China.
Keep an eye out for more student profiles soon!
1. Why did you choose to come to DUSP?
DUSP has the best international development study. DUSP also has strong back up from MIT for technical support for various issues in international development, especially in urban transportation field.
2. What is your current work and/or research?
My current research is focusing on developing a microscopic household residential behavior model in Singapore, which combines urban land use forecast and transportation modeling technique.
3. How do you draw on resources at DUSP to support your work and/or research?
DUSP has esteemed faculty who I can resort to, especially, my advisor Professor Zegras guided me to frame my research. The classes I have taken in DUSP are very helpful as well.
4. What resources, working groups or other affiliations outside of USP do you draw on?
The faculty in Department of Civil Engineering support my research a lot. I learned a lot about transportation modeling by collaborating with students and faculty in CEE.
5. What is unique about learning international development in an urban planning department?
In my concentration of transportation, learning international development in transportation in an urban planning department provides me the big picture, and trains me to ask the right question rather than simple problem solving technique. Learning international development in transportation in an urban planning department avoids the pitfall in transportation that is simply focusing on developing fancy models regardless of real word constraints (financial, political feasibility etc.). International development study in an urban planning department equips me with the ability to apply technical skills in a comprehensive way, and to develop solution incorporating real world constraints.
6. Where would you like to be after DUSP?
I would like to work on urban transit planning or the application of transportation modeling, hopefully in China.
To see a poster of Weixuan's work, please download the PDF to the left.