KAI Profile: 2007 Interns

August 08, 2007

Submitted by KAI Interns Jessica Shear and Yongshen Qian

Learn about some vital stats from KAI's 2007 intern team, including who is in the group, their school, office location, major, and a quote about what each intern sees in the future related to stainable transportation.

Name: Katabarwa Emmanuel Asaba
Office: Portland
School: Cornell University
Year / Program: Masters of Science /Civil Engineering - Transportation Systems Engineering

The future of transport sustainability will depend on the ability of planners and engineers to implement the concept of Public Private Partnership in a bid to build cities that reflect public transport needs and the change in vehicle technology. Likewise, traveler behavior will highly affect the future of transport sustainability.”

Name: Brady Finklea
Office: Portland
School: NC State
Year / Program: Senior / Civil Engineering

Sustainable transportation will be something more city planners and engineers will have to consider in the future as it will continue to grow to become more of a part of the public’s wants and needs. Instead of the building and supply aspect of transportation, the emphasis of public spending and actions will need to be shifted towards management and demand.”

Name: Shana Hoffman
Office: Ft. Lauderdale
School: UPenn
Year / Program: Junior / Systems Engineering

The ability to implement sustainable transportation in the future will be dependent on the level of collaboration between the public and private sectors. Policies generated by the public sector without incentives for private sector compliance will not be sufficient to bring about any tangible changes.”

Name: Michael Houston
Office: Portland
School: U of Portland
Year / Program: Senior / Civil Engineering

Transportation decisions need to have a new focus on environmental and livability values, which must be taken into consideration for personal travel options as well as during the city and regional planning processes. Sustainability starts with individual choices before progressing forward.”

Name: Eric Hulme
Office: Baltimore
School: Purdue
Year / Program: Senior / Civil Engineering

Sustainable transportation is very similar to recycling – it can and will make an improvement on the world, but it requires everyone doing their part to make it actually happen.”

Name: Chava Kronenberg
Office: Portland
School: U of North Carolina
Year / Program: Masters / City and Regional Planning

We should improve current systems and enhance land-use codes, encouraging higher densities and mixed-use neighborhoods and enabling people to live closer to work and other destinations, and to choose more sustainable modes: walking, biking, or public transit. More long range: bio diesel flying cars.”

Name: Justin Markel
Office: Baltimore
School: Penn State
Year / Program: Sophomore / Civil Engineering

Sustainable transportation is all about developing innovative ways to move people in the most efficient way possible. In order to progress toward sustainable transportation, unique efforts must be made by talented individuals and groups to make a sustainable world possible.”

Name: Katie Pincus
Office: Portland
School: U of Arizona
Year / Program: Junior / Systems Engineering and Mathematics

The future of sustainable transportation relies on collaboration and innovation to not only construct lasting infrastructure but also promote environmentally friendly solutions. Green streets and alternative modes such as transit, biking, and walking are steps in the right direction toward sustainable transportation with minimal environmental impacts."

Name: Yongzhen Qian
Office: Portland
School: Portland State
Year / Program: Masters / Financial Analysis

Both effective policy and advanced technological measures are necessary to achieve sustainable transportation development that in the end would improve human and ecosystem well-being together, not one at the expense of the other.”

Name: Nick Schmidt
Office: Portland
School: Georgia Tech
Year / Program: Masters / Civil Engineering – Transportation Systems Engineering

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

Name: Jessica Shear
Office: Portland
School: Portland State
Year / Program: Post Bacc. / Accounting

Autonomous vehicles, new methods of public transportation and other computer-based technologies to manage traffic are coming of age. Market conditions and the public interest are ripe to support a technological breakthrough. When these technologies are combined with financial and political resources there will be great advances in sustainable transportation.

Name: Rick Spinks
Office: Orlando
School: Cornell University
Year / Program: Senior / Civil Engineering

There is a growing trend to be sustainable in all aspects of life today, including transportation. From recycling, to household energy conservation, to not wasting paper- people are slowly becoming more conscious of preserving the world around them. Sustainable transportation practices will require the biggest collective effort but will yield the greatest results.”

Name: Carl Sundstrom
Office: Portland
School: Georgia Tech
Year / Program: Masters / Civil Engineering – Transportation Systems Engineering

A great part of sustainable transportation is using right-of-way to for non-transportation uses such as filtering and replenishing our rainwater. Not only does it reduce pollution and improve habitats but also creates more inviting “livable” streets for non-motorized transportation.”

Name: Kyle Taniguchi
Office: Boise
School: Oregon State
Year / Program: Sophomore / Civil Engineering

Sustainable transportation for the future involves so many things…developing more sustainable solutions for transit, better coordinating and planning the future development of cities, coming up with more environmentally friendly ways of construction, and even working with others to identify more sustainable solutions to existing transit problems.”

Name: James Wong
Office: Tucson
School: UPenn
Year / Program: Senior / Transportation Systems Engineering

In order to truly be focused on sustainability, we need to transfer our focus from conventional wisdom and look towards innovation to reduce our environmental footprint. We can’t promise the Jetson’s in a decade, but perhaps we should think about what it would take to get there. We are still largely planning and designing for century old technology – the automobile.”

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