2019-2020 NITC Scholars

Oregon Institute of Technology

Kayla deHoop

Natasha Karan

Karah McCulley

Bailey Pimental

Portland State University

Gabriella Abou-Zeid

Gabby Abou-Zeid is a civil engineering graduate student, 2019 Eisenhower Fellow and recipient of the 2019 IBPI Rex Burkholder and Lydia Rich Scholarship. She is pursuing her M.S. at Portland State University and working with Dr. Kelly Clifton's SUPER (Sustainable Urban Planning & Engineering Research) Lab. She received her BS in sustainable built environments from the University of Arizona in 2019, and plans on pursuing a PhD in a transportation-related field after her master's program. Prior to coming to PSU, she conducted research with Dr. Clifton through the Transportation Undergraduate Reearch Fellow (TURF) program.

Frank Boateng Appiah

Frank Boateng Appiah is a graduate student and research assistant  in Civil Engineering at Portland State University working with Chris Monsere and Dr Sirisha Kothuri on the best practices for the installation of Rapid Rectangular Flash Beacon with or without Median Refuge. I graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with Bsc. Civil Engineering in 2013. I am  interested  in how  transportation   improves life by increasing productivity,efficiency and other quality of life. Outside of studies I like watching football, playing Fifa games and listening to messages by renowned men of God.

Jeff Broderick

My MURP degree will be complete this spring and my focus has been transportation. I have an interest in passenger rail issues and policy I previously worked for Amtrak a After returning to school, I’ve had internship opportunities working in the rail operations department at TriMet and currently work at the Port of Portland as the planning and development intern. My undergraduate degree in political science was earned at the University of Oregon and I have a graduate certificate in transportation from Portland State University. My goal is to find innovative ways to change policies get private interests to work with public agencies to provide and improve intercity transportation access to more communities. With current funding and transportation policy, public and private interests often work at cross purposes and I seek to make changes with financial and legislative policy that will change this trajectory.

Darshan Rajesh Chauhan

Darshan is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University pursuing his Ph.D. He is currently working with Prof. Avinash Unnikrishnan on tackling uncertainty in network modeling, a project funded through NSF. He is fascinated by how the field of transportation is an amalgam of various disciplines and is interested to contribute to the area where optimization, sustainability, and civil engineering intersect. He has served as the Treasurer of STEP, PSU’s ITE student chapter, and often volunteers his time for various activities organized by TREC at PSU. Before coming to Portland State University, he completed his B.E. in Civil Engineering at BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, India. He loves cooking and spends his free time swimming, cycling, hiking, and exploring local food and music culture.

Minji Cho

Minji Cho is a Ph.D. student in Urban Studies from the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Minji’s research topic is planning, community development, cultural diversity, and social justice. Especially, she is interested in the difference in the degree of participation in the planning process depending on cultural differences, and how it makes differential planning outcomes and social injustice. As a graduate research assistant, she is participating in several research projects related to transportation and economic development, especially, focusing on the effects of active transportation projects on business activities nearby commercial areas with Dr. Jennifer Dill and Dr. Jenny Liu. Minji got a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Engineering from Yonsei University in South Korea.

Matthew Cramer

Matthew was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Community Development from Portland State University, he worked at nonprofits and within local government building community assets that increase biking and walking. Some of his favorite projects are designing and managing a program that connected homeless veterans and foster youth with bicycles to commute to employment opportunities; and working with a place-based group to leverage a series of murals painted by neighborhood youth, into a needed sidewalk segment to safely walk to school. As a second year graduate student in Urban & Regional Planning, Matthew is working with John MacArther and Dr. Aaron Golub to research the impact automated fare payments may have on vulnerable community members as transit agencies modernize their fare payment systems. His post-graduation goals are designing mobility solutions responsive to the various needs across all community members.

Apy Das

I am currently a graduate student at PSU in Civil Engineering program and mother of a one-year old daughter. I got a BS degree in Civil Engineering in 2011 from Bangladesh. I really enjoy being involved in Transportation Engineering related research works including Transportation Safety and Multimodal Transportation Systems. Apart from work, I love reading books, watching movies, gardening, and spending time with my family.

Travis Glick

Travis Glick is a PhD student, graduate teaching and research assistant in civil & environmental engineering at Portland State University. His doctoral work tackles a new class of problem that accounts for multiple routes and multiple service connections. His ongoing research examines dwell times [1], bus-bike conflicts [2], and transit modeling [3]. Outside of school, he enjoy piano, cooking, and reading science-fiction. Learn more about Travis's research by watching his presentation [4] of TRB research from 2018.

Rob Hemphill

Rob Hemphill is a student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, interested in the intersection of transportation, housing, and land use to create complete and equitable neighborhoods. His academic work includes researching anti-displacement strategies for businesses impacted by the SW Corridor Light Rail, assessing the sustainable transportation policy options in the City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, and addressing e-scooter parking compliance issues with NITC scholar Phil Longenecker. Prior to attending PSU, Rob worked in the energy efficiency sector, the nonprofit sector, and political campaigns. Outside of school, Rob has been an activist with No More Freeways and Portland For Everyone. He has volunteered for Oregon Walks and The Street Trust. He lives car free and sometimes tries to see how many mobility options he can use in a day, often on the way to and from Portland Thorns games.

Dylan Hoover

I am entering a career in community development in hopes to find a job serving a community development and hopefully later pursue a master's degree in urban planning so I can become more involved in the bigger process and decision-making of city shaping and urban planning. My goal in life is to help build cities that incorporate lots of green spaces and to help erase the dirty landscape of post-industrialization. More importantly I want to be part of a group of individuals who want to help make all these inevitable positive changes accessible to everyone.

Katherine Keeling

Katherine Keeling is a civil engineering master’s student, an Eisenhower fellow, and a graduate research assistant for the Transportation, Technology, and People (TTP) lab, led by Dr. Miguel Figliozzi. Her current research examines the shifts, challenges, and adaptations in urban freight delivery and its implications for curbside management. Her past research examines bus and bicycle conflicts and associated delay. Katherine is VP of Communication for Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP), PSU’s student ITE chapter. She won 1st place in the 2018 Technical Paper competition at the Region 8 ASCE Student Conference. Outside of her studies, she has a small floral business, bicycles in high-heeled shoes, and is always ready for karaoke.

Minju Kim

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Urban Studies with a specialization in transportation and gerontology. I received a Master's degree in Transportation Studies and studied in Urban Planning for Bachelor from South Korea. As the accelerating aging and the emerging of aging problems in the world, research of older adults is definitely needed in the transportation area, and this issue would continue in the future. Through the Ph.D. program, I would conduct my research focusing on how to guarantee mobility and accessibility to older adults. In addition to its role as a transportation mode, transportation is closely linked to overall urban environments, including the economy, society, environment, and welfare. For this reason, I believe that my research can secure mobility and accessibility and improve the lives of older adults. Furthermore, I hope to contribute to a better living environment for everyone.

Kyuri Kim

I am a second-year Doctoral student in urban studies at Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning working with Dr. Jennifer Dill, and Dr. Hau Hagedorn of TREC. Currently, I am analyzing Bike Portal Data and visualizing it. In the past, I have studied walkability and safe pedestrian space while studying for my Master’s of Science degree in Urban Planning and Engineering at Yonsei University, South Korea. Based on this topic, I have won two awards for the best paper at the Urban Design Institute of Korea conference. I have also participated in a competition associated with crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) where I presented policies promoting safer university campuses. Based on my academic research achievements, my career goal is planning and designing for pedestrian-oriented cities as a researcher at an agency or national institute.

Elijah Kling

Elijah Kling is a passionate third year student in Portland State University’s civil engineering program. He transferred from Portland Community College after the summer of 2019 and is flourishing in the university’s fun and challenging new environment. Elijah is also starting as an undergrad research assistant for Avinash Unnikrishnan of the MCECS department of civil and environmental engineering. He plans to finish his BSCE spring of 2021 with honors.

Ann Le

Gabriel Leon 

Joshua Linden

Philip Longenecker

Philip Longenecker is a first year master's student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program at Portland State University. This coming term, he will continue the work on a project started by Jennifer Dill, John MacArthur and other students which analyzes the street-level composition of curbside uses as they relate to e-scooter parking compliance and ADA accessibility.

William Nonnamaker

Jaime Orrego Oñate

Jaime is a Ph.D. student for the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Portland State University. He holds a master's degree in transportation engineering from Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, where he grew up. He has worked as a traffic engineering and has advocated for transportation equity with a special interest in bicycles and pedestrians in different nonprofit organizations. His main research focus is the effect that the built environment has on walking behavior. But lately, he has been also working on cycling behavior and their response to bike infrastructure. When not thinking about transportation Jaime likes taking pictures, watching movies, socializing with friends, and experiencing Portland amenities.

Nicholas Puczkowskyj

Nick Puczkowskyj is an Urban Studies PhD student at PSU. He is currently working with Prof. Dill and John MacArthur to examine the impacts of e-scooter operations on VMTs in Portland, OR. His dissertation research seeks to challenge the binary approaches to transportation research by using feminist, queer, and travel behavior theory to address the noticeable research gap of transgender/genderqueer data and research in the transportation field. Nick hopes to use this research to expand and redefine inclusive transportation policy and practices. His other research interests include: mobility justice, active transportation, micromobility, and transit. Currently, he is the VP of Organizing for the Graduate Employees Union and President of STEP-ITE. Following graduation, Nick seeks to secure a position as a university faculty member. When not on campus you can find him hunting mushrooms in the forest, fishing the Sandy River, or kicking in Hong Kong during term breaks.

Kelly Rodgers

Kelly is a PhD student in Urban Studies who researches how health and equity are represented and integrated into transportation practice; the nature, quality, and role of evidence in transportation decision-making; and how context in considered as part of transportation research and practice. Kelly is also the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a research synthesis, resource clearinghouse, and communication platform for integrating climate, health, and equity into transportation. My professional goal is to challenge the transportation industry to better incorporate climate, health, and equity into policy and practice. I am working toward this goal by promoting collaboration among health and transportation sectors, providing implementation resources through a web platform, identifying appropriate and effective health performance measures, and examining the policy-to-implementation process to identify opportunities for improving results.

Marie Roza 

I am currently a junior at Portland State University, studying civil engineering and specializing in transportation. I plan to graduate in Spring of 2021 and will be working on transportation research this year. I hope to utilize math, coding, and probability & statistics to explore transportation planning within the urban setting and to brainstorm solutions for various urban transportation problems, including those involving sustainability.  I’m very passionate about developing new skills and learning, so one of my biggest career goals is to work with other engineers to innovate an environmentally-friendly, country-wide system of travel, besides air travel and interstate highways. This new, more sustainable system, will aim to preserve the environment and simultaneously improve community life. When I’m not busy solving problems for assignments or studying, I love playing piano, singing in choir, and running.

Jaclyn Schaefer

Jaclyn is a second-year civil engineering master's student at Portland State University and a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. Jaclyn is working as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Miguel Figliozzi on a project for the Oregon DOT to study how prevalent travel modes and geometric or environmental variables may affect speed limit compliance on roads with a high percentage of active travelers. She is also investigating how the presence of bicycles on roads without bicycle lanes may affect passenger vehicle travel speed, the preliminary findings of which were selected for presentation at the 2020 TRB Annual Meeting. Jaclyn intends to pursue a role that will enable her to apply her passions for transportation safety, active travel, mitigation of climate impacts, and improving personal and public health. Outside of her studies, Jaclyn enjoys events with ITE-STEP and YPT, attending TREC's Friday Transportation Seminars, hiking, photography, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Baxter Shandobil

As a child, I was obsessed with vehicles of all sorts, and had a fascination with both cities and maps.  It wasn’t until after I had already completed my undergraduate degree that I had my “aha moment,” and realized I could work in a field that would afford me the opportunity to explore all of those interests.  Since discovering transportation planning, I’ve enjoyed doing work that advances transit use, active transportation, or generally promotes more equitable transportation outcomes and moves us away from modes with high greenhouse gas emissions.

Laura Shumway

Laura Shumway is in her first year of the PSU's Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program. She is focused on the intersection of transportation and land use, and how these can impact sense of place. Laura came to Portland hoping to learn about sustainable transportation and walkability to bring these back home to her car-oriented home of Southern California.

Rohan Sirupa

I am a second-year Masters student in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis on transportation at PSU. I have been working with Dr. Avinash Unnikrishnan here on various topics, including travel time reliability, ADT prediction using machine learning models, and facility location problems. I did my bachelor's in civil engineering at BITS Pilani, India. Where I worked on various studies, including expansive soil stabilization, application of reclaimed asphalt pavement using CRMB, and analyzing fluid-structure interactions with finite elements. I relish the research I am doing and appreciate the vibrancy of research done at TREC or PSU. After my Masters, I am planning to continue with a Ph.D. program in transportation at PSU. Also, I am the Vice President of Finance for STEP, ITE-chapter at PSU for the academic year 2019-20. In my free time, I spend time with family, hang out with friends, travel to new places, swim, bike around, and watch movies.

Nora Stoelting

Nora Stoelting is pursuing a dual degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) and Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE). She is excited about the ways that teaching and learning can happen outside of the classroom and be transformative, experiential, and connective. She enjoys finding connections through people and places, and the ways that her two degrees overlap to create a cohesive graduate school experience that is practical, future-oriented, sustainability focused, and relational. Nora is currently working as the Graduate Education Assistant at TREC, and is excited about the opportunities to develop tactical urbanism projects and plan an epic transportation summer camp. Aside from work and school, Nora enjoys running on trails, sharing meals with friends, daydreaming about future trips, and laying in parks soaking up the sunshine.

Huijun Tan

I am a PhD student in Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning in Portland State University. My research now primarily focuses on transportation equity research and gentrification impacts on accessibility among marginalized populations and communities. I am dedicated to investigating how accessibility is associated with neighborhood change in low-income areas in order to provide policy implications for transportation planning and land use planning. My research also looks forward to identifying mechanisms of preventing or mitigating the adverse impacts (derived from transportation investment) on communities, especially for minorities and low- income neighborhoods. Also, I want to look into the relationship between physical environment and social interactions. My career goal is to integrate transportation research into practice and policy implementation to ensure marginalized populations have equitable access to their opportunities and daily activities.

Lynn Tran


University of Arizona

Christina Baum

Ramzy Bejjani

Wyatt Berger

Eric Carlson

Quinton Fitzpatrick

Julian Griffee

Rachel Gildersleeve

Lee Headley

Joel Hernandez

Samuel Jensen

Ted Lee

Georgia Pennington

Lena Porell

Andrew Quarles

Carlos Valenzuela

Elliot Welch

University of Oregon

Clare Haley

Aliza Whalen

Gareth Warr

University of Texas at Arlington

Samantha Bradley

Joseph Harwerth 

Sarah Herrera 

Laura Messier 

Farah Naz

Erin Murphy

Kristen Ravi

Sarah Robinson

Jessica Williams

University of Utah

Elizabeth Arnold

Jacob Gallaher

Molly Gaughran

Katilynn Harris

Bradley Potter

Damian Adrian Rodriguez

Brandon Siracuse

Meadow Virginia Wedekind