Luke Hassall is a master’s student in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. His area of concentration is Transportation and Infrastructure Planning. Luke is originally from Auckland, New Zealand. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Prior to returning to University of Pennsylvania for his graduate degree in 2018, Luke worked for seven years in business knowledge and analytics for the Boston Consulting Group, Harvard Business School, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a focus on economic development and organizational design. His current research interest includes Transportation Planning and Policy, as well as Infrastructure Systems, with a particular focus on public transit and bike and pedestrian planning and infrastructure.
While earning his MCP, Luke has worked with Professor Erick Guerra on a variety of transportation research projects. He has also completed an internship with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Sustainability. Luke is also working on a CM2 supported Studio Project on Congestion Pricing in New York for his thesis. He is working with a team of other MCP students to develop a policy plan for reconceptualizing New York’s impending congestion pricing program as a step towards a sustainable regional transportation system. He also helped in writing and editing a paper on comparative bicycle travel behavior in US and Mexican metropolitan areas which is going to be presented at TRB Annual Meeting in January 2020. Luke will be graduating in May 2020 and he wishes to work in public sector or consulting, with a focus on public transit planning, operations, and/or infrastructure.