Hiroyuki (Hiro) Iseki is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Research Faculty at the National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education (NCSG) in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Planning from UCLA, as well as the Master of Engineering degree from University of Tokyo. His research focuses on balancing efficiency, effectiveness, and equity in public policy and planning with special attentions to transportation, environment, land use, and energy issues (including electric vehicles and related infrastructure issues). Prior to joining UMD, Dr. Iseki taught at University of Toledo, Ohio and University of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been Research Associate with Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, California.
Dr. Iseki has worked on various transportation research projects funded by university research centers, foundations, and government agencies, including University of California Transportation Center, Mineta Transportation Institute, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and California Department of Transportation. Dr. Iseki was involved in a series of studies on built environment, transit facilities, and crime incidents in Los Angeles, and developed a new GIS analysis method to incorporate the presence of slopes and intersections in identifying the size of bikeshed, using energy consumption as travel impedance. He was involved in a series of research projects to develop tools to evaluate the transit service quality at bus stops and train station with researchers from the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. Dr. Iseki has worked with his graduate assistants on a study to examine the distribution of firm locations in relation to rail stations in the Washington DC region and in the State of Maryland, and on a study of transportation demand management programs in university campus setting and of universal transit pass (U-Pass) programs to help the UMD Office of Sustainability and campus community to move forward with campus sustainability agendas.