Ben Levine

Executive Director, MetroLab Network

Ben Levine is the executive director of MetroLab Network. Previously he was a policy adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he was responsible for policy development pertaining to state and local government finance, with a focus on infrastructure policy. He worked closely with the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy on the organization and launch of MetroLab Network. Prior to that Ben worked at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


November 9, 2018

St. Paul, Minn., Modernizes Stormwater Infrastructure

In collaboration with the University of Minnesota, the city of St. Paul is rethinking its approach to stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure and public-private partnerships.

October 11, 2018

Rural Wi-Fi Project Improves Wildfire Monitoring in Southern California

Originally intended to extend Internet access to far-flung areas, a collaboration between UC San Diego and San Diego County has been used to monitor and respond to several recent wildfires.

September 14, 2018

Analytics Tool Helps Improve Traffic Planning in Austin

The city, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, is using video analytics to assess the city's traffic and road usage patterns to gather better transportation data.

August 17, 2018

Research Predicts Adoption Rates of Connected Autonomous Vehicles

In partnership with the city of Memphis, the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis has developed a method for determining the potential of connected autonomous vehicle adoption.

July 13, 2018

App Aims to Improve Family Services Access in Chicago

NowPow, an app developed in partnership with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, is being utilized by researchers to assess the use of technology to improve the children and family services system.

June 18, 2018

University Students Create Spatial Analysis Tools to Help Cities Do More with Data

Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Urban Spatial Analytics Practicum are working with city officials in Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Minneapolis to develop data science tools to improve safety, health and quality of life for residents.

May 11, 2018

Data Analytics Helps Boston Schools Better Serve Students

Boston Public Schools have partnered with the Boston Area Research Initiative to create an Opportunity Index, which captures metrics about students that typical education statistics might miss.

April 3, 2018

Air Quality Sensor Pilot Offers Lessons for Other IoT Installations

Portland, Ore., and Portland State University partner on sensors to improve air quality monitoring and delve into how other cities and municipalities can explore their own sensor projects.

March 20, 2018

Universities Partner to Foster IoT Development in Cleveland

With the Internet of Things Collaborative, Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State universities work together to use their resources to drive innovation in the region.

February 12, 2018

Ohio State University, Partners Develop 'Smart Paint' to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Cities

The latest installment of MetroLab's Innovation of the Month series highlights how a team at Ohio State University, along with the city of Columbus and private companies, is using smart, connected tech to help the blind and visually impaired.

January 25, 2018

Pittsburgh Uses Data to Predict Fire Risk

The fifth installment of MetroLab’s Innovation of the Month series highlights how Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Fire is using predictive analytics to help their department prioritize commercial building inspections in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University.

December 8, 2017

Urban Package Delivery Heads to the Classroom

The fourth installment of MetroLab's Innovation of the Month series highlights how a partnership between UPS and Georgetown University created a new learning experience for future urban planners.

November 7, 2017

University Researchers Use 'Fake' Data for Social Good

The third installment of MetroLab's Innovation of the Month series highlights how researchers are addressing the challenges of privacy, data storage and usability, and creating synthetic data sets to improve social outcomes.

October 13, 2017

Atlanta's Smart Corridor to Serve as "Living Lab" for Smart Transportation

In the second installment of MetroLab's Innovation of the Month series, we recognize the city of Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology, whose partnership is transforming one of the city's key transit arteries into a smart cities test bed.

September 8, 2017

NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress Tackles Bus Reliability, Harmful Landlord Practices, with Data

In a new series called MetroLab's Innovation of the Month, we examine innovative data projects between universities and local governments.