Dr.-Ing. Sheikh Atif Bilal Aslam worked as guest scientist with the UTB-MENA project team in Spring and Summer of 2018. At the time of this cooperation, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP), University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, Pakistan. His main area of research revolves around urban development and urban transport planning. His other scientific interests focus on sustainability and international migration. He graduated from the same university with M.Sc. (2006) and B.Sc. (2002) degrees in City and Regional Planning. Later, as a HEC/DAAD Scholar, he completed his Ph.D. studies (2015) from TU Dortmund, Germany. He was engaged with UTB-MENA project of TU Berlin in a capacity of a collaborating researcher where he is jointly investigating the topics of residential self-selection, job-housing balance, urban sprawl and cyclability in Pakistani cities. Overall, he has more than 15 years of diversified experience of working with academic institutions, federal and provincial government departments, international donor agency, research-based institutes, international and local private companies, and land developers as both a regular employee and urban planning consultant.
Dr. Yehya Serag worked with the project team in 2017 to publish a joint paper on “neighborhood-scale urban form typologies of large metroplitan areas: observations on Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran”. He had a research stay at Center for Technology and Society of TU Berlin to work on the above topic. At the time of cooperation, At the time of the project, Yehya Serag (*1976) held the position of Associate Professor of urban and regional planning at the urban design and planning department at Ain Shams University while being on sabbatical leave to the Architectural Engineering department at the faculty of engineering and technology at the Future University in Egypt. He obtained his Master and PhD degrees from the University of Leuven in Belgium (KULeuven). His research interests include, urban and regional strategic planning, as well as the impacts of politics on urbanism and the built environment. He was involved in several academic cooperation initiatives with universities in both Belgium and Germany.
Dr. Fatih Terzi worked with the project team in 2017 to publish a joint paper, “Neighborhood-scale Urban Form Typologies of Large Metropolitan Areas: Observations on Istanbul, Cairo and Tehran”. He had a research stay at Center for Technology and Society of TU Berlin to work on the above topic. At the time of cooperation, Dr. Terzi was an associate professor at Istanbul Technical University. He participated in teaching activities in the department of landscape architecture at Clemson University, USA as a visiting research scholar. He also paid a visit both to the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London and to the Technology and Community Center at Technical University Berlin as a guest researcher. The research interests include site planning, urban spatial development and GIS-based urban modeling.