Zegras is Associate Professor of Transportation and Urban Planning in the Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where he teaches classes on integrated land use-transportation planning, quantitative methods, and transportation finance. He has also co-taught urban design and planning studios and practica in Beijing, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Boston, and Cartagena, Colombia. In Fall 2013 he taught a comparative workshop on bus rapid transit-oriented development, examining the Boston and Santiago cases, together with colleagues from MIT and Catholic University of Chile. In Spring 2016, he is teaching a workshop on transit-oriented development in Mexico City. He is the Lead Principal Investigator for the Future Urban Mobility research group, sponsored by the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, and is MIT Lead of Transportation Systems under the MIT Portugal Program.
His research focuses on three inter-related areas:
(1) Human Behavior: understanding the dynamic relationships between human behavior and the built, social, and natural environments;
(2) Strategic Planning: devising and demonstrating new planning approaches, with the goal of producing more robust strategies for sustainability in the face of uncertainty; and
(3) Policy, Finance and Implementation: identifying viable pathways, through the complex institutional settings of the modern metropolis, to implement change.
He has consulted widely for a diverse range of organizations, including the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian, German, US, and Peruvian Governments, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He serves on the Boston BRT Study Group and the MIT Transportation and Parking Committee. 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.