About Me

P1040976-stefans friendMy name is ማህቶት ገብረስላሰ spelt in the alphabet of Ge’ez language, from which the name originates. In English, I spell it as Mahtot Gebresselassie. This is how it is pronounced. Over the years, I have learnt that spelling my first name as Mah-tote seems to help people say it closer to its Ge’ez pronunciation.   

I am an architect, urban planner, educator, and social-science researcher. In a few months, I will begin my appointment as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change in Toronto.  

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering. I do research on Uber and Lyft and transportation equity. For this research, the focus is whether Uber and Lyft usage varies across low-income and high-income neighborhoods during rare events such as inclement weather. 

Outside this topic I have research and/or industry experience in the following: 

  • Disabled accessibility in information and communication technologies (HCI) 
  • Smart mobility (smart cities) policy and governance
  • Accessibility in urban design and architecture 
  • Gig economy in the transportation sector  

My research involves design and/or emerging technologies and equity. 

I am very passionate about mixed methods research. It is my belief that the complexity of urban problems necessitates an approach that allows for the mixing of methods (qualitative and quantitative) in collecting and analyzing data without the constraints of philosophical assumptions. 

I love teaching! I also love and respect my students. Not only do I teach them, I learn from them as well. I have been a TA, instructor of record, and instructor for many courses including architectural design, interior design, theory of architecture, environmental science, structure and forms of cities, and information technology and society, and the future of cities. 

On a non-academic note, I am a long-standing member of Toastmasters International and certified yoga teacher. I also love taking pictures of buildings and writing about their design for my blog, which I have kept for 12 years. For now, it is a hobby; it will be more than that in the future. Oh and I am a bicycle commuter. No, e-bikes for me, thank you very much. I have been fueling my own transportation for almost 15 years! Isn’t that cool? Meet my road bike, Louis, below. It flies like the wind! 


And here is my other bike Latakhidan (ለተኺዳን) Matilda. It’s like your pickup truck. LM has been so reliable for the last 10 years. I plan on keeping it for another 10.