Bumsoo Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He received his Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Southern California in December 2006. Upon the completion of his doctoral study, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at USC. He also holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Seoul National University, Korea, and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from HanYang University, Korea. Before his doctoral study at USC, he worked as a researcher at Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements (KRIHS) for three years.
At the University of Illinois, Bumsoo teaches and conducts research on sustainable urban land use and transportation policy. Sustainability is important to him because of the significant impacts infrastructure has on the daily life of a community. He joined the Transportation SWATeam when then-iSEE Associate Director of Campus Sustainability Ben McCall phoned him up to ask for his help.
On the Illinois campus, Bumsoo sees bike plans and parking policy as the most visible manifestations of sustainable transportation, but air travel happening off campus is the biggest problem. In his opinion, purchasing carbon offsets is the way to achieve sustainable campus transportation goals.