Dr. Hiroyuki (Hiro) Iseki has been promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning by the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Hiro is a research faculty with the National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) and has taught for the Urban Studies and Planning Program since 2011. His research focuses on balancing efficiency, effectiveness and equity in public policy and planning with a special attention to transportation, land use and environment. Hiro has been 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 the bikeshed (bike demand catchment area), using energy consumption as travel impedance. He has developed a number of studies and reports on public transportation, road pricing and transportation finance for MDOT, WMATA, Caltrans, Mineta Transportation Institute and the John Randolph Haynes Foundation. One of his current projects is a study to examine the distribution of firm locations in relation to rail stations in the Washington, D.C. region.
Prior to UMD, Hiro taught geography and planning at the University of Toledo and Urban Planning at UCLA. Hiro holds a Master of Art and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA, as well as the Master of Engineering degree from University of Tokyo.