Our People

Luis Bettencourt

Luis Bettencourt

Pritzker Director, Mansueto Institute

Luís M. A. Bettencourt is the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, as well as an External Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute. He was trained as a theoretical physicist and obtained his undergraduate degree from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal) in 1992, and his PhD from Imperial College (University of London, UK) in 1996 for research in statistical and high-energy physics models of the early Universe.  He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), Los Alamos National Laboratory (Director’s Fellow and Slansky Fellow) and at MIT (Center for Theoretical Physics). He has worked extensively on complex systems theory and on cities and urbanization, in particular. His research emphasizes the creation of new interdisciplinary synthesis to describe cities in quantitative and predictive ways, informed by classical theory from various disciplines and the growing availability of empirical data worldwide. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers and several edited books. His research has been featured in leading media venues, such as the New York Times, Nature, Wired, New Scientist, and the Smithsonian.

Anne Dodge

Anne Dodge

Executive Director, Mansueto Institute

Anne Dodge is the Executive Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Prior to joining the Institute, Anne led UChicago Urban, where she worked to make the University’s urban research more transparent
 and accessible, while serving as a guide to the University’s wide array of civic programs and nonprofit partnerships. Anne has also worked as an instructor at the Harris School of Public Policy’s Cultural Policy Center, where she taught a graduate
practicum about creative placemaking. She has worked extensively at the intersection of arts and economic development, including as the interim Executive Director of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and the Oral History Project Director for the National Public Housing Museum. She holds a Master’s in City Planning from MIT, where her master’s thesis won the 2006 Ralph Adams Cram Award for the best thesis in the School of Architecture and Planning, and BA from Harvard with a joint concentration in Visual and Environmental Studies and History.

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker

Urban Doctoral Fellows Coordinator

Stephen Baker is a Researcher at Chapin Hall. His work concentrates on community-based and systemic service responses in youth, education, and development. Dr. Baker was project director of a multi-year implementation and outcome evaluation of the Community Partnership for Protecting Children Initiative. He also served as project director for the multi-year evaluation of the Children, Youth, and Families Initiative, a project for integrating developmental and specialized services in Chicago neighborhoods. His most recent work has focused on school-centered youth- and community-development and systemic quality improvement systems for afterschool programs. He has served as an instructor for undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Chicago, including courses on the history of social welfare, data for management and analysis, and research and evaluation. He earned his B.A. from Cornell University, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Social Services Administration at the University of Chicago, where his dissertation focused on the decision-making processes of public child welfare caseworkers implementing family team meetings.

Anni Beukes

Anni Beukes

Institute Resident Fellow

Anni’s research interest lies at the nexus of poverty, place, and politics. She focuses on understanding how the processes and technologies of knowledge making, especially the creation and use of digital mapping tools, affect communities and populations living in marginalized neighborhoods internationally. Before joining the Mansueto Institute, Anni spent four years with Slum Dwellers International (SDI) where she was responsible for SDI’s data ecosystem, from community managed data collection, to data platform management, analysis and partnerships. She led SDI’s efforts at the intersection of organized community groups, researchers, technologists and software developers to create and refine tools, methods and practices for community-driven knowledge production. Anni holds degrees in social anthropology from University Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Charlie Catlett

Charlie Catlett

Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data

Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings social, physical, and computational scientists together with artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers to explore science-based approaches to opportunities and challenges related to the understanding, design, and sustainable operation of cities. To this end, UrbanCCD brings expertise, tools, and resources to bear from computational modeling, data analytics, and embedded systems. He is also a Senior Computer Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory and a Senior Fellow at the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. From 2007 to 2011, Charlie was the Chief Information Officer at Argonne National Laboratory, and from 2004 to 2007 he was Director of the National Science Foundation’s TeraGrid initiative – a nationally distributed supercomputing facility involving fifteen universities and federal laboratories. Before joining the University of Chicago and Argonne in 2000, Charlie was Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Recognized in 2014 as one of Chicago’s “Tech 50” technology leaders by Crain’s Chicago Business, Charlie is a Computer Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kyoung Whan Choe

Kyoung Whan Choe

Institute Postdoctoral Fellow & Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

Kyoung is a cognitive neuroscientist, who uses simple games, brain imaging, eye-tracking, and machine learning to study how the internal and external environment affect human cognition. He currently focuses on (1) developing new neuro-scientific approaches to study urban issues (e.g., mobile neuro-imaging and eye-tracking) and (2) empowering interdisciplinary research that involves measuring human cognition in urban contexts (e.g., simultaneous eye-tracking and interviewing). Kyoung is a Mansueto Institute Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in the University of Chicago Environmental Neuroscience Lab. Kyoung completed his PhD at the Seoul National University Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 2015, investigating the role of primary visual cortex in perceptual decision-making.
Kate Kusiak Galvin

Kate Kusiak Galvin

Executive Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data

Kate Kusiak Galvin works closely with the Director of UrbanCCD, Charlie Catlett, as well as faculty, scientists, and administrative leaders to strategically develop and coordinate the strategic objectives and programs of the Center. Prior to joining UrbanCCD in 2013, Kusiak Galvin worked as an Assistant Director for Arete, a research accelerator at the University of Chicago, and was tasked with assisting researchers organizing large-scale interdisciplinary research programs across UChicago. Previously, Kusiak Galvin worked at the American Society for Clinical Pathology. As an Associate Manager in Global Outreach, she was responsible for coordinating training events in Kenya, Rwanda, Swaziland, and Cambodia for laboratory professionals under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as managing both international and domestic partnerships for the Association.  Kusiak Galvin has an MBA from DePaul University with a concentration in Integrated Marketing Communications and Entrepreneurship. She received her BA in Public Relations with a minor in marketing from Marquette University.

Heidi Lee

Heidi Lee

Project Assistant, Mansueto Institute

Heidi Lee is an administrative professional with experience providing operational and project management support in a range of industries. Prior to her experience at the University of Chicago, Heidi served as the Operations Assistant at Krueck and Sexton Architects. She also worked for several years as a Gallery Office Assistant at the School of the Art Institute where she attended from 2011-2015. Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. Off campus, she is dedicated to producing ceramics at Lillstreet Art Center.

Diana Petty

Diana Petty

Assistant Director, Mansueto Institute

Diana is a project- and program-manager by trade and has spent her career helping mission-driven organizations operate more effectively to increase impact in their communities. She brings nearly a decade of experience working in municipal government and public-sector consulting, particularly on cross-sector, cross-functional partnerships. Prior to joining the Mansueto Institute, Diana worked as a senior consultant at Public Works Partners, helping government and nonprofit clients conceptualize new programs, secure stakeholder buy-in for organizational change, and implement program enhancements. She also spent several years working for the City of New York in communications, strategic planning, and relationship management positions at both the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and NYC Dept of Information Technology & Telecommunications. Diana received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Media Studies from Macalester College. She is a graduate of the New York Urban Fellows Program, NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, and the StartingBloc Fellowship for Change Leaders.

Patricia Romero-Lankao

Patricia Romero-Lankao

Institute Research Fellow

Pati is an “interdisciplinary sociologist” by training and has worked with scholars and decision makers at local, national and international scales. She is jointly appointed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and has been a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), leading NCAR’s “Urban Futures” initiative. Her research explores the dynamics of urbanization and the systems that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities and risk. She has also studied why and how particular cities attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions while improving their resilience to environmental impacts. She is currently designing urban-scale interdisciplinary studies that inform and are informed by global-scale interdisciplinary research.

Daniel Zuend

Daniel Zuend

Institute Postdoctoral Fellow & Evolution and Ecology Postdoctoral Scholar

Daniel joined the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation in 2017 after completing his MSc in Computer Science and doctoral studies in Architecture/Urban Planning from ETH Zurich. He is enthusiastic about researching the fundamental laws of urban systems and their application to the real world. His goal is to find properties that can improve the quality of life in cities with minimal intervention. His previous work focused on the development of tools to support the urban planning and decision-making process, taking non-linear, self-organizing dynamics into account.  The tools have been applied in different large-scale projects in Switzerland and Singapore. Daniel has been a lecturer at ETH Zurich, worked for different companies as a software engineer, and built his own startup company.

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