Seth Contreras

Associate, Air Quality and Road Safety


Seth is an Associate for the Air Quality and Road Safety at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. He helped oversee the Bloomberg Philanthropies “Lives Saved” global initiative that aims at improving roadway safety in developing countries through investments in sustainable transport, innovative engineering design applications, and robust policy programs. He now manages the new air quality special initiative that aims to nail down the science of monitoring urban air quality in near real time, including the use of satellite technologies with NASA. 

Prior to joining WRI, Seth worked for a diverse number of agencies, including the Port of Long Beach, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the WRI office in Mexico City where he geospatially analyzed the dual-effects of the built environment on both household travel behavior and energy consumption.

Seth’s educational background includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic Pomona, a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Transportation Systems Engineering from the University of California at Irvine. His dissertation involved the creation of a new modelling methodology for calculating air quality conditions near roadways in Southern California, and the associated population exposure to harmful tailpipe pollutants.

Along with having performed at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., Seth danced professionally in Mexico City in 2014 with Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez at the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes theatre.


Related Publications:

Journal: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice - Elsevier publisher

Article title: "The Effects of Ride-Hailing Companies on the Taxicab Industry in Las Vegas, Nevada"

Publication date: 26-NOV-2017

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