Alejandro Tirachini received the August-Wilhelm Scheer Visiting Professorship Award from Technische Universität München, to be at the Chair of Transport Systems Engineering as a Visiting Professor during 2019. Alejandro is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Universidad de Chile, he holds a Master of Science in Transport Engineering by Universidad de Chile (2007) and a PhD from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney (2012). He is also affiliated to the Complex Engineering Systems Institute (ISCI) in Chile. His main research interests are the design of public transport systems and the study of emerging mobility technologies. At TUM he is working on the effects of disrupting mobility technologies like ride-hailing and autonomous vehicles on travel behaviour, transport costs, traffic externalities and sustainable mobility. He has worked on transport research projects in Chile, Australia, Singapore and Germany, and has published several papers in international scientific journals.
Alejandro received the College of Engineers of Chile Prize to the best new Civil Engineer graduated at Universidad de Chile in 2007; the Michael Beesley Award to the best workshop paper by a person in the early stages of their career at the 11th International Conference on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (Thredbo 11) held in Delft, The Netherlands in 2009; and the award to the best paper at the 31st Annual Conference of the Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR) held in Canberra, Australia in 2010.
In Chile he has been invited several times as specialist to give presentations to the Transport Commission of the Lower House and the Senate, over bills under discussion concerning public transport subsidies, ride-hailing platforms, traffic safety and fare evasion in public transport. He has served in the Experts Panel of Chile’s Ministry of Social Development, for the analysis of improvements to the methodology of cost-benefit assessment for transport projects, in the Experts Panel of the Ministry of Transport to improve the understanding of fare evasion in Santiago’s public transport and in the Experts Panel of the government’s MAPS Initiative (Mitigation of Climate Change and Low Carbon Development).