Eric Bruun
Visiting Professor
at Aalto University

Aalto University


Expert in:

Policy Society Technology Design Environment Mobility

More about this expert:

Passion Improving the sustainability of cities while simultaneously making them more livable. Bringing the state-of-the-practice in transport system design and operations to places that appreciate it. Bridging Interdisciplinary divides. How did I become me? I started professional life working for the US Navy, but I didn’t want to be an expert in a small very technical discipline my entire life. So I went back to school to broaden my knowledge into the much more interdisciplinary field of transportation engineering. Since then, I have primarily been a transport-related consultant with special expertise in public transport.I have over 20 years experience in several countries, including as project leader. I taught part-time at the University of Pennsylvania and have given short courses at several universities around the world. I also managed the development of courses related to advanced technology and Intelligent Transport Systems at the National Transit Institute in USA. I am currently visiting professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Aalto University in Finland. I teach courses in urban transport systems planning, public transport, logistics and transportation modeling.I am currently engaged in efforts to improve urban transport in sub-Saharan Africa. I am the author of the text/reference book “Better Public Transit Systems: Analyzing Investments and Performance, 2nd. Edition”(Routledge), and co-author with Preston Schiller and Jeff Kenworthy of “Introduction to Sustainable Transportation” (Earthscan). I have degrees in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. The problems I solve Investment analysis of urban infrastructure and performance analysis of operational plans, especially related to public transport and logistics. Assisting governments and other institutions in identifying their goals and objectives at the early stages of project development. Questions involving multidisciplinary knowledge. Studying the optimal urban form of fast-growing cities would be ideal use for much of my knowledge and skills.