Seth Contreras

Associate Urban Transport Planner

Bio

Seth is an Associate for the Health and Road Safety program within the Sustainable Cities division. He oversees 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 also manages the Air Quality Watch initiative that aims to nail down the science of monitoring urban air quality in near real-time, including a remote-sensing pilot 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 methodology for calculating air quality conditions near roadways in Southern California, and the associated population exposure to harmful tailpipe pollutants. 

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