About Me

P1040976-stefans friendMy name is ማህቶት ገብረስላሴ 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

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. The two groups of my focus are people with disabilities and low-income earners. Outside this topic I have strong interest and work or research 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 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, certified yoga teacher, and bicycle commuter. 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! 

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