Chris Zegras

Professor of Mobility and Urban Planning, Department Head

Zegras is Professor of Mobility and Urban Planning and the current Department Head of DUSP. He currently teaches planning methods and techniques and has in the past taught integrated land use-transportation planning, quantitative methods, and transportation finance. He has also co-taught urban planning and design studios in Beijing, Boston, Cartagena (Colombia), Guadalajara (Mexico), Mexico City, and Santiago de Chile. He serves on the Executive Board of the BRT+ Centre of Excellence and the International Scientific Committee for the Center for Sustainable Urban Development (Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, CEDEUS). At MIT he serves on the Climate Nucleus. From 2015-2020 he was the Lead Principal Investigator for the Future Urban Mobility interdisciplinary research group, sponsored by the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. From 2007 to 2016 he was Transportation Systems Focus Area Lead for the MIT Portugal Program.

His research spans inter-related areas critical to tackling metropolitan mobility challenges: human behavior, digital transformation, and strategic planning techniques and technologies. He has consulted widely for a diverse range of governments, inter-governmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. Prior to becoming a Professor, he worked for the International Institute for Energy Conservation in Washington, DC and Santiago de Chile and for MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment. Zegras holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Tufts University, a Master in City Planning and a Master of Science in Transportation from MIT and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, also from MIT.