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|Featured Faculty: David Hsu|
David Hsu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Urban planning has the best problems to work on, because as a field it addresses cities, where the majority of all humanity now lives, works, and consumes resources,” shared Dr. Hsu. “As an environmental planner, I’m interested in the ways that cities impact the environment through massive systems of infrastructure.”
Infrastructure connects cities and the local and global environment through systems with physical, technological, and social aspects. Dr. Hsu's research and teaching focus on how to demonstrate new opportunities for urban planners and environmental policymakers to shape this relationship within these systems using technology, data, and analysis. Much of his work seeks to assist a wide range of actors -- local policymakers, planners, advocates, as well as academics -- directly with design, planning, policymaking, and policy implementation.
Topics of particular interest include the design, planning, governance, and operation of energy and water networks; energy access and adoption of new technologies; information policies such as disclosure and user feedback; new technologies and strategies to control distributed energy sources, electric vehicles and stationary storage; and data analysis.
Dr. Hsu taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University and worked in engineering, finance, and in the city governments of New York and Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Yale University in physics, a Master of Science from Cornell University in applied and engineering physics, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science in city design and social science and from the University of Washington in Seattle, a Ph.D. in urban design and planning and a certificate in social science and statistics.
A member of ACSP for nearly a decade, Dr. Hsu also serves the organization as a track chair. “As
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