2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
Sravya is in the MURP program, focusing her studies on transportation, transit-oriented development and its nexus with land use and urban design. Having depended only on walking or public transit to commute in the past ten years, she is passionate about making active transportation accessible to all. She earned her B. Architecture in her home country, India, where she worked as an Architect for two years. She moved to the US to study Urban Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where her design proposals highlighted dense, walkable development and pedestrian & bicycle-friendly rights-of-way. Since graduation, Sravya has volunteered extensively in Hoboken, NJ and Portland, OR to better understand the impact on design on active transportation. She spent a year at the City of Portland's Urban Design Studio in the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability working on a conceptual street tree master plan for Central City 2035. She also volunteered with Coalition of Livable Future in Portland, helping them with transportation and environmental policy research to justify the need for a health impact assessment for the Columbia River Crossing Mega-Project. She is currently working as an Assistant Campus Planner in PSU's Campus Planning Office. She likes to spend her free time exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband.
Liz Kaster, a first year MURP student and the recipient of the Alta Planning + Design scholarship and internship, got her start in bicycle and pedestrian planning in Washington State where she worked as an urban planner for the City of Tacoma. While studying Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound, Liz interned at the City of Tacoma where she jumpstarted the City’s annual Bike Month celebrations and helped develop Tacoma’s first transportation management organization. After graduation, she worked as an urban planner for the City for three years and helped pass Tacoma’s first comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan. The plan received a Vision 2040 award from the Puget Sound Regional Council and implementation is underway. Liz spent the last year working in public health and is very interested in how active transportation can help achieve health equity.
Patrick Singleton is a second-year Master's student in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Portland State University, studying active travel behavior. Under the direction of his advisor, Dr. Kelly Clifton, Patrick is completing his thesis, examining the complex decision-making processes surrounding walking and bicycling and recommending how best to model active travel choices. He looks forward to entering the PhD program at PSU in Fall 2013. Although he grew up in Portland, Patrick recently returned from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and worked in traffic engineering for consulting firm Michael Baker Jr., Inc. In his personal time, he advised the local transit agency as a citizen advocate and served as vice-president of his neighborhood association. Outside of school, you are likely to find Patrick exploring and photographing his current city.