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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Emerging Scholar

Simon Mosbah

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Consultant, U.S. Advisory Services Group, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff

About

Simon Mosbah is an incoming Consultant with WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff in Washington D.C., in the U.S. Advisory Services Group, focusing on transit project development and finance. He holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation focused on airports, airport expansions and employment in U.S. metropolitan areas. He published an article on the topic of airports and economic development in the Journal of Planning Literature, with Dr. Megan Ryerson: “Can US Metropolitan Areas Use Large Commercial Airports as Tools to Bolster Regional Economic Growth?”. He worked on the Sustainable Communities Indicators Catalog, a project between the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities (U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development) between 2013 and 2015, with Dr. Eugenie Birch as PI and funding by the Ford Foundation. He was specifically responsible for the selection and definition of transportation indicators for the catalog. Originally from France, Simon is a graduate of the Sorbonne (majoring in Classics, with minors in History and Linguistics), and the Ecole Normale Superieure; he holds an MBA from ESSEC Business School (majoring in Corporate Finance and Diversity Management). He previously worked as a business strategy consultant in France, specializing in rail transportation, and taught French at Amherst College (Massachusetts).

Selected Publications

Mosbah, S. 2013 “Rethinking transit projects in high-income neighborhoods.” Panorama. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, School of Design.

Affiliated PhD Student

Kimberly Noronha

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PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Kimberly M. Noronha is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Prior to her arrival at Penn, Kimberly worked extensively in India on a wide variety of urban issues including: urbanization policy, poverty, livelihoods, education and water and sanitation. In more than 15 years in the development sector, she has worked with governments, NGOs, implementing agencies and research institutes to formulate policy, coordinate programs and conduct research. She has an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Delhi and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Selected Publications

Noronha, Kimberly and Shubhagato Dasgupta. 2016. Monitoring Open Discharge-Free India: A Comprehensive Sanitation Matrix. CPR Research Report. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research. Available from: http://cprindia.org/research/reports/ monitoring-open-discharge-free- india-comprehensive-sanitation-matrix. [DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.33228.41607]

Naik, Mukta and Kimberly M. Noronha. 2016. “Leveraging National Schemes to Support a Heritage Agenda in India”. Context: Special Issue on Asia and Urban Heritage XII:79-81

Shubhagato Dasgupta, DTV Raghu Ramaswamy, Kimberly Noronha, Smitha Rao, Seetharaman R., Nikhil George, Amandeep Singh, Tripti Singh, Swati Dhiman, Aditya Bhol. 2015. Swachh Bharat: Industry Engagement – Scope & Examples. SCI-FI: Sanitation Initiative, Research Report. New Delhi: Centre for Policy Research [DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4724.3287]

Affiliated PhD Student

Mary Rocco

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PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

About

Mary Rocco is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Her dissertation research explores the role of philanthropic foundations in the urban revitalization of Legacy Cities. Other research interests include community development institutions, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and poverty policy. Currently, Mary serves as the project manager for the Mellon Foundation funded Humanities, Urbanism and Design Initiative (H+U+D) at Penn. She teaches in the Urban Studies program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also adjunct lecturer in urban studies and urban planning at Hunter College in New York City. More broadly her research interests include: urban revitalization, community and economic development, and urban institutions

Faculty Fellow

Megan Ryerson

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Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering

About

Megan Ryerson is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of City and Regional Planning and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Research Director of the Mobility21 Transportation Research Center, a national University Transportation Center (UTC) and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Through Mobility21, supported by a five-year transportation research grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Dr. Ryerson and her team are committed to examining cross-disciplinary problems such as autonomous vehicles, intercity transportation planning, and pedestrian and bicycle safety to improve accessibility and mobility for specific populations. Dr. Ryerson’s major contributions are in the field of transportation infrastructure planning and demand forecasting. Her work has investigated how airports compete for air service across megaregions, how airlines can reconfigure their disaster planning to achieve more resilient outcomes, and how flights can be planned more proactive to reduce fuel consumption. Dr. Ryerson is a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation State Transportation Innovation Council, the Board of Advisors for the Eno Center for Transportation, the Women’s Transportation Seminar Philadelphia Chapter, and she was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the Governor of Pennsylvania to aviation-related advisory committees. In 2015 Dr. Ryerson was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women's Transportation Seminar-Philadelphia Chapter.

Selected Publications

Ryerson, M.S. 2017 (in press). “Diversion Ahead: Modeling the Factors Driving Diversion Airport Choice After an Unexpected Airport Outage.” Journal of Infrastructure Systems.

Suh, D., M.S. Ryerson. 2017.” Adaptive Airport Planning Frameworks and Techniques for a New Era of Planning.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2603: 1–15. 

Ryerson, M.S. 2016. “Incentivize It and They Will Come? How Some of the Busiest U.S. Airports are Building Air Service with Incentive Programs.” Journal of the American Planning Association 82(4): 303-315.

Ryerson, M.S., Woodburn, A. 2014. “Build Capacity or Manage Demand: Can regional planners lead American aviation into a new frontier of demand management?” Journal of the American Planning Association 80(2): 138-152. 

Faculty Fellow

Lisa Servon

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Professor, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

About

Lisa Servon was previously Professor of Management and Urban Policy at The New School, where she also served as Dean at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development, and issues of gender and race. Specific areas of expertise include economic insecurity, consumer financial services, and financial justice. Servon holds a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Urban Planning from UC Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology, Community, and Public Policy (Blackwell 2002), and Bootstrap Capital: Microenterprises and the American Poor (Brookings 1999), Gender and Planning: A Reader (With Susan Fainstein, Rutgers University Press 2005), and Otra Vida es Posible: Practicas Economicas Alternativas Durante la Crisis (With Manuel Castells, Joana Conill, Amalia Cardenas and Sviatlana Hlebik. UOC Press 2012)

Affiliated PhD Student

David Stanek

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Doctoral Candidate, City and Regional Planning, School of Design, University of Pennslyvania

About

David Stanek is a doctoral student in city and regional planning in the University of Pennslyvania's School of Design.
Emerging Scholar

Kenneth Steif

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Lecturer, Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA), University of Pennslyvania

About

Ken Steif has focused on the use of data and analytics in the public policy realm for more than a dozen years.  He combines technical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and econometric analysis with an interest in housing policy, education, the economics of neighborhood change, transportation policy and more.  Ken teaches the keystone course for Penn’s Smart Cities program in the City Planning department, a course that is cross-listed with the Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics program.  This class teaches new and emerging technologies at the forefront of data science and evidenced-based public policy.  His work has focused on the costs and benefits of gentrification; on the Philadelphia school crisis and the connection between good schools and healthy neighborhoods; and recently on the use of predictive analytics to forecast bike share demand in cities like Philadelphia.  

Selected Publications

Can Improvement Districts help save Chicago’s Schools?
Why all affordable housing isn’t created equal
Why do certain retail stores cluster together?
Visualizing Philadelphia's Neighborhood Change Process

Penn IUR Scholar

Harris M. Steinberg

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Executive Director, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors

About

Harris M. Steinberg is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Architecture and Interiors in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. He acted as the founding Executive Director of PennPraxis and an Adjunct Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. PennPraxis is the clinical arm of the School of Design, with the mission of fosteromg faculty and student collaboration on real world projects across the school’s five disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation and fine arts. From 2003 until 2006, Harris was the Director of the Center for Innovation in Affordable Housing Design. He was a Lecturer at PennDesign from 1998 to 2003 and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in PennDesign’s Architecture Department from 2003 to 2006. Harris’ professional experience includes work at Venturi Raunch Scott Brown and Geddes Brecher Qualis Cunningham. He was the founding partner of Steinberg & Schade Architects and Steinberg & Stevens Architects. Harris’s work at PennPraxis focuses on large-scale civic conversations about thorny urban design challenges.  From 2006 to 2007, he led the landmark Civic Vision for the Central Delaware Riverfront, which brought more than four thousand Philadelphians together to build a vision plan for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware riverfront. The project changed planning history and culture in Philadelphia and ushered in a new era of waterfront development for the city. He subsequently led the creation of Green2015 for the City of Philadelphia, an action plan to add 500 acres of park to the city by 2015, and most recently released the More Park, Less Way report to activate the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Harris is currently working on a vision and action plan for Fairmount Park—a project that looks at how to update and transform a 2400-acre, nineteenth-century watershed park for the twenty-first century.

Selected Publications

Steinberg, H.M. “On the Role of the Public and the Press in the Creation of a Civic Vision for the Central Delaware.” P. Latz and  R. Gessler (eds.) Entwicklung von Analyse- und Methodenrepertoires zur Reintegration von altindustriellen Standorten in Urbane Funkionsraume n Fallbeispielen in Deutschland und den USA. Technical University of Munich, 2010: 397-407.

Steinberg, H.M. “Philadelphia in the Year 2059.” S.G. Knowles (ed.) Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009: 112-144.

Daniels, T.L. and Steinberg, H.M. “Lessons from Sri Lanka.” E.L. Birch and S. Wachter (eds.) Rebuilding Urban Places after Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006: 244-255.

Sokoloff, H.J., Steinberg H.M. and Pyser, S.N. “Deliberative City Planning on the Philadelphia Waterfront.” J. Gastil and P. Levine (eds). The Deliberative Democracy Handbook. Jossey-Bass, 2005: 185-196.

 

Affiliated PhD Student

Daniel Suh

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Doctoral Candidate, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

About

Daniel Suh is a Doctoral Student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. He has a BA degree in Economics from Brandeis University and a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked in financial services industry before following his calling to be a transportation planner. He interned at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) as a Long-Range Planning intern where he analyzed the region’s economic development strategy and transportation infrastructure needs.  He also worked as an Airport Planning intern at AECOM where he learned airport master planning process as well as analyzing airport operations and funding levels. His research interests include air transportation infrastructure planning in the highly stochastic environment, adaptive re-use of transportation infrastructure, and  integrating optimization and systems thinking into the traditional paradigms of planning. He enjoys applying his analytical and technical skills to complex transportation system issues that could generate insightful planning and policy implications. He believes that a truly effective transportation planning happens at the intersection of technical and planning knowledge with focus on applied research that benefits both practitioners and policymakers. 

Faculty Fellow

Marilyn Jordan Taylor

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Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

About

Marilyn Jordan Taylor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She was Dean of the School of Design from 2008-2016. She is recognized worldwide as a thought leader in urban design, as well as a woman pioneer in the fields of architecture, planning, and construction. A Partner in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Practice at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, LLP (SOM) and the first woman to serve as Chairman of SOM, she is internationally known for her distinguished and passionate involvement in the design of large-scale urban projects and civic initiatives. Over a thirty-five-year career with SOM, she led many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects around the world. She was also both the first architect and the first woman to serve as chairman (2005-07) of the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and educational institution, where she championed a renewed focus on cities, sustainable communities, and infrastructure investment.

Selected Publications

Taylor, Marilyn Jordan. 2009. “Urban design looking forward.” In Urban Design, edited by Alex Krieger and William S. Saunders. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Taylor, Marilyn Jordan. 2007. “On recent urban design and tall buildings.” In Harvard Design Magazine 26.

Faculty Fellow

Domenic Vitiello

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Associate Professor

Assistant Chair

About

Domenic Vitiello is Associate Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He researches the history and contemporary practice of community and economic development; immigrant communities; and urban agriculture and food system planning. His recent and current projects focus on immigration and civil society in Philadelphia, including a book titled The Sanctuary City that examines Central American, Southeast Asian, Liberian, Arab, and Mexican immigration since the 1970s; urban agriculture and poverty in the global North and South, including comparative research on the community economic development impacts of urban farming and gardening around the world, and a book on the social impacts of community gardening in Camden, Chicago, and Philadelphia; and the planned destruction and preservation of Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada since c.1900.

Selected Publications

Vitiello, Domenic and Thomas J. Sugrue, editors. 2017. Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization in the United States. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Vitiello, Domenic and Arthur Acolin. 2017. “Institutional Ecosystems of Housing Support in Chinese, Southeast Asian, and African Philadelphia.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 37(2): 195-206.

Acolin, Arthur and Domenic Vitiello. 2017. "Who Owns Chinatown: Neighborhood Change and Preservation in Boston and Philadelphia" Urban Studies.

Vitiello, Domenic. 2017. “Infrastructure: Lifelines, Mobility, and Urban Development.” In Planning History Handbook, edited by Carola Hein. Routledge.

Vitiello, Domenic, Jeane Ann Grisso, Rebecca Fischman, and K. Leah Whiteside. 2015. “From Commodity Surplus to Food Justice: Food Banks and Local Agriculture in the United States.” Agriculture and Human Values 32(3): 419-430.

Faculty Fellow

Vukan Vuchic

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UPS Foundation Professor Emeritus of Transportation Engineering

About

Vukan Vuchic is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. He researches transportation systems, especially urban transportation. He examines: urban transportation systems technology, operations, planning and economics; the definitions of transportation networks and systems components and their modeling; the interrelationship of cities and transportation with respect to urban policies, planning, livability and sustainability. His lectures, publications and projects have made significant contributions to the introduction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in many North American cities. He has analyzed Metro rail networks and promoted High-Speed Railway (HSR) systems worldwide.

Vuchic has been consultant to U.S. Department of Transportation, cities of Belgrade, Beijing, Philadelphia, Rome, Singapore and transit agencies BART, WMATA, NYCT, SEPTA, TTC, Moscow Metro, and many others. He has received medals from associations of transit agencies in Germany (VDV) and U.S. (APTA) and Honorary Doctorates (Honoris Causa) from CNAM University in Paris and Waterloo University in Canada. He is a foreign member of Academies of Sciences in Russia and Serbia.

Selected Publications

Vuchic, Vukan. 2007. Urban Transit Systems and Technology. John Wiley and Sons.

Vuchic, Vukan. 2005. Urban Transit Operations, Planning and Economics. John Wiley and Sons.

Vuchic, Vukan. 1999. Transportation for Livable Cities. Rutgers. 

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