Elsa is a former Masters student in the Transportation Engineering program. She received her B.S.C.E. in 2005 from UMass Amherst. Her research interests are on transportation safety and human factors. She was involved with ITE student chapter for almost four years and has served as the secretary and treasurer for one year. Elsa currently works for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. When she’s not working, Elsa enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, and hanging out with friends.
Nancy earned her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Transportation Program in August 2011. She had earned her Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2008. Her professional interests include traffic safety and mapping analysis. Within the College of Engineering, Nancy was a reasearcher for the Traffic Safety Research Program and worked simultaneously with Environmental Engineering, bridging the gap between safety data and environmetal mapping tools. She is currently seeking a position in Transportation Engineering.
Samuel earned his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the Transportation Program in February 2010. He had earned his Bachelors Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass in May 2008. His professional interests include traffic operations and traffic safety. Within the department, Sam was appointed Vice-President of the Student Chapter in the Fall of 2008 and served for 1-1/2 years . He currently works as a project engineer at TEC.
Dwayne is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech and is formerly a Masters Degree student in the Transportation Program at UMass Amherst. His research interest lied in vehicle movement representation for traffic simulation. He has a special affinity for traffic and transit operations especially in developing countries. He has a BA in Physics from Holy Cross. In moments when his head is out of the books, he enjoys sports (watching and playing) and also good food (cooking and eating) with good people.
|Professor David Hurwitz, Ph.D.
David earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Transportation Engineering Program in the summer of 2009. His areas of research interests included traffic operations, highway safety, and traffic sensor technology. He believes that truly comprehensive solutions to the complex transportation issues facing society will only be achieved by building close collaborations with academics and practicing professionals. David has been involved with ITE over five years and had served as the UMass Student Chapter's Consultant Liaison, Vice-President, and President. David is currently an Assistant Professor within the Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvalis, OR. He conducts research in traffic operations and safetyand teaches courses in Traffic Operations, Highway Design, Traffic Safety, and Traffic Signal Design. David enjoys attending live music and standup comedy performances.
Natalia was a graduate student in the Transportation Engineering Program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her main areas of research are traffic safety and human factors. Her thesis evaluated drivers' compliance to yielding to pedestrians when using different light colors in-pavement warning lights. Natalia has a BA in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. During her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, going to the beach, and traveling.
Stacy is a former Masters Degree student in the Transportation Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. She conducted her research on Traffic Calming in Urban Environments with Dr. Knodler. Stacy formerly served as the Vice-President of the ITE Student Chapter. Stacy currently works as a transportation planner for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments. In her spare time, she enjoys playing almost any sport and can sometimes be seen organizing for fun.
Arianna is a former Masters Degree student in the Transportation Engineering Program at UMass Amherst. She conducted her research on crash data quality and traffic safety under Dr. Knodler. The focus of her research pertained to methods of identifying crash data quality issues within the state of Massachusetts. Arianna currently works as a transportation engineer for AECOM in Concord, MA helping to design bridges. In her spare time, Arianna likes to workout, especially step classes, and enjoys reading interesting books.
Kevin is a former Master’s student in the Transportation Engineering program. His past research has focused on evacuation simulation modeling, where he performed an evaluation of some current software packages and proposed several enhancements to increase evacuation efficiency. In addition to working with the application of simulation software to work zones, namely QuickZone. Other areas of interest include highway geometric design and traffic signal timing. Currently, Kevin works as a transportation engineer with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin. Kevin’s outside interests include sports, fishing, auto racing, and cooking. He is also an avid UMass football and hockey fan.
Deanna completed her Masters Degree in the Transportation Engineering Program at UMass in Spring 2011. She completed her Bachelors Degree also at UMass in Civil and Environmental Engineering in May 2009. In the summer of 2007, she participated in the College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) where she worked for the Transportation Engineering Program. Following this program, she continued to work in transportation engineering as a researcher for UMassSAFE Traffic Safety Research Program and became involved with ITE. Outside the of engineering, Deanna is a member of the UMass Amherst Synchronized Skating Team.
|Heather Rothenberg, Ph.D.
Heather earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in September 2009 under the guidance of Dr. Knodler. During her time at UMass she focused on highway safety and transportation policy. It is not surprising, then, that following the completion of her degree she accepted a position as a management analyst with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She sits within the Policy and Organization Group, with a focus on organizational strategic planning and policy efforts. This includes work with NHTSA's traffic injury prevention and vehicle safety groups. Her unique background - undergraduate work in sociology and public policy combined with graduate work in engineering - have prepared her well for this position. In addition, her work with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center during her last year at UMass provided an excellent opportunity to gain experience in transportation efforts at the federal level.
In her free time, Heather enjoys learning to love life with minimal use of her car. Washington's transit sytem her made it easy. She also likes playing softball and volleyball and is looking forward to finding teams in the DC area.
Kim has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Amherst, Class of 2009. She was born and raised in Springfield, MA. During her time at UMass, Kim participated in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program working for Dr. Ni in modeling link traffic flow. Kim served as Vice-President of the UMass Chapter of ASCE and Concrete Canoe Captain in 2008, in addition to her former service as Treasurer in the ITE Student Chapter. Kimberly has now completed her MS in Transportation Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, Class of 2010. She researched a comprehensive spreadsheet decision-tool for pavement life-cycle assessment.
Steven completed his Masters Degree in the Transportation Engineering Program at UMass in Spring 2011. He had previously completed his Bachelors Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in May 2009. He began work in transportation engineering as an Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Ni in Spring 2007. After that he worked under Dr. Knodler for his Masters. Steve spent the last two summers working as a traffic technician for the Cape Cod Regional Planning Agency. He has been a member of ITE since 2007, serving as president for 2 years. He was also President of the UMass Chapter of the Chi Epsilon Honors Society. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and cheering for the Red Sox.