Alex Bigazzi

Alex Bigazzi

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering School of Community & Regional Planning

Research focus:

Alex Bigazzi performs research that seeks out methods of providing efficient movement of people and goods in cities, while reducing the many negative impacts of transportation systems, and with a particular focus on air pollution and physically active travelers (pedestrian and bicyclists). This work involves basic research that investigates the effects of urban transportation systems, as well as the development of strategies to reduce negative impacts. He finds this field fascinating because of how it involves interactions between human behavior and natural systems.

Prior to UBC:

Before joining the faculty at UBC, Alex completed his MSc and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University in Oregon.


Alex is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation and Air Quality Committee. He was a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow during his Ph.D. and US DOT Eisenhower Fellow during his M.Sc. His Master's thesis received an award for the best transportation-related M.Sc. thesis in the USA that year, and he has received several conference best paper awards.

Personal interests:

Before engineering, Alex completed a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, after which he spent five years as a professional jazz saxophonist.

Bicycling is his favorite leisure activity: around the city; in the mountains; long-distance touring on vacation, pretty much every kind of biking – he even once moved homes via bicycle and got married on a tandem bicycle!

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