Where Are They Now? University of Minnesota Transportation Graduates

Where Are They Now? University of Minnesota Transportation Graduates


NICOLE:
Transportation doesn’t just happen, It takes skilled professionals to get products where
they need to go safely and smoothly. I truly believe that my University of Minnesota
degree helped me get where I am today. It was a very valuable experience and I wouldn’t
be working at MnDOT without that degree. I work right now on the safe routes to school
program. One of the experiences from attending the
University of Minnesota that helps me today is really attending conferences, speakers,
and events where I learned about what was happening locally. Having that local knowledge
has been really key. SAIF:
My research at the University of Minnesota allowed me to hit the ground running at IBM. Receiving the student of the year award in
2010 gave me the momentum I needed to pursue research in traffic flow theory and traffic
state estimation. So CTS gave us the support we needed to go
to conferences and build our network, which eventually lead to me finding the job that
I have now. BRIAN:
I do believe my U of M experience has lead me to where I am today. I currently work at Kimley-Horn. My diverse
education background has really benefitted me as a consultant. I stay connected and involved in numerous
projects and also a number of different professional organizations. One such professional organization, CTS’ education
outreach council. The council shares current best practices
as well as looking at ways to provide education to the transportation workforce. My connection to CTS really started when I
was in graduate school. I was one of the founding members of ITSO and its first president. And CTS was instrumental in providing financial
support as well as guidance and connecting us to many of the professional organizations
out there practicing in the Twin Cities. AVITAL:
The University of Minnesota provides abundant learning opportunities, renowned faculty,
and top notch students. In addition,the Twin Cities is one of the
leading implementers in transportation advancements. And being able to study and work in the field
of transportation and planning in Minneapolis served as a classroom in itself. I work as a community planner at the Federal
Transit Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington D.C. The most exciting part of my job is having
a hand in transit planning throughout the entire country. The Center for Transportation Studies provided
me with research and learning opportunities in grad school. For example, they funded my travel to the
WTS conference in Washington D.C. in 2010, which spring boarded my involvement with WTS. I now serve as the vice president of the D.C.
chapter, which has been a great opportunity to meet new people in the field and expand
my knowledge of transportation outside of my job. Transportation is an essential element of
daily life and the need for transportation planners, operators, engineers, researchers,
and leaders is not going away anytime soon. I would recommend the transportation field
to anyone looking for a rewarding and continuing career.

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