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. See a sample of Gabby's work here.


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. See a sample of Darshan's work here.

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. See a sample of Minji's work here.

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. See a sample of Rob's work here.

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. See a sample of Minju's work here.

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. See a sample of Kyuri's work here.

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

Ann Le is in her first year of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. She recently worked as an assistant city planner for City of Costa Mesa and is thrilled to be taking classes at PSU to become a better planner. Ann is particularly interested in learning how to incorporate equity in transportation planning and how to mitigate potential negative impacts that often come with expansion of public transit systems.



Gabriel Leon 

Gabriel is a first year student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University. Having been born and raised in Phoenix, Gabriel is particularly interested in transportation and land use policies that foster compact cities to maintain the landscapes and arid ecologies of the American West. Gabriel graduated as the Dean’s Medalist of Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in 2019. During his undergraduate degree, he was a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, inventoried historic homes for the City of Tempe, and completed an undergraduate thesis exploring water sources on the border from the perspective of humanitarian aid work. He spent the past year working in rural development and historic preservation in Oregon with the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments program. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys staring at maps, backpacking as far away from other people as possible, and toying around with poetry. In the future, he plans to work in the planning and development field before eventually returning to the desert to get his doctorate in Geography.

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.




Max Nonnamaker

Max is a first year master's student in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Health. Coming from Milwaukee, WI, most of Max's previous work has been in the public health and social sectors with a focus on advocacy and community engagement. Max graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2014 with a BS in Kinesiology and a certificate in African Studies and shortly after began working as a Community Health Advisor with the Peace Corps in Madagascar from 2015 - 2017. At TREC, Max is working with Dr. Jennifer Dill and Metro/ODOT on the Region Mobility Policy Update by conducting background research on existing and new mobility measures and approaches to be recommended for implementation in the next Regional Transportation Plan update.

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 Rodgers is a PhD student in Urban Studies who studies the use and influence of health indicators in transportation. Kelly is the Executive Director of Streetsmart, a non-profit organization that helps civic leaders integrate health, climate, and equity into transportation. She is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Health (AME70), is Vice-Chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Health and Transportation Committee, and serves on the advisory committee of the American Public Health Association’s Center for Climate, Health, and Equity. Kelly was on the steering committee for the development of the Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (PHEAL) principles. Kelly has a graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of British Colubmia and an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning from Miami University.

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

Rohan is currently pursuing his Master's program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University with an emphasis on Transportation. He is also a Graduate Research Assistant in the CEE department, and as a GRA he is working on Arterial Travel Time Reliability project for Washington County, Oregon with Dr. Avinash Unnikrishnan. Rohan's current research encompasses arterial travel time analysis, factors affecting its reliability, and modeling travel time distribution. Before moving to Portland, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from BITS Pilani, India. As an undergrad, he engaged himself with diverse research including expansive soil stabilization using alkali-activated binders, using reclaimed asphalt pavement using CRMB, and understanding fluid-structure interactions with finite elements. Rohan wants to explore the field of transportation engineering further and work in the area at the intersection of Transportation and Data Analysis. In his free time, Rohan enjoys spending time with family, hanging out with friends, traveling to new places, swimming, biking, and watching 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

Lynn Tran is an undergraduate student pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at Portland State University. With the hopes of graduating soon, Lynn is excited to work in the transportation field. Growing up with distrust in the roads and transportation, she quickly realized the importance of having multiple options of safe transportation. She is dedicated to improving traffic safety and active transportation. During her free time, Lynn enjoys hiking with her family and reading mystery novels. See a sample of Lynn's work here.



University of Arizona

Christina Baum

Ramzy Bejjani

Wyatt Berger

Eric Carlson

Quinton Fitzpatrick

Julian Griffee

Rachel Gildersleeve

Rachel Gildersleeve graduated with her MPH from the University of Arizona in Spring 2020. She sculpted her masters studies and projects to focus on the social determinants of health and specifically the relationship between the built environment and human health. Her transportation-related projects included a risk assessment of bicyclist and pedestrian hazards in Tucson; a report on tools for equitable housing and transportation planning; and participating in transportation research with Arlie Adkins and Nicole Iroz-Elardo. Through this research, she was honored to attend the Active Living Conference and help facilitate a session on a toolkit used to collect diverse pedestrian input on neighborhood walkability and infrastructure projects. Rachel is excited to find her niche in the intersection between planning and public health and remains dedicated to creating healthier built environments for all.

Lee Headley

Joel Hernandez

Samuel Jensen

Ted Lee

Georgia Pennington

Lena Porell

Andrew Quarles

Carlos Valenzuela

Elliot Welch

University of Oregon

Eric Burdette

Rachel Cohen

Clare Haley

John Larson-Friend

Jarad Macary

Maddy Reznick

Catherine Rohan

Gareth Warr

Aliza Whalen

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