Alta Planning + Design Scholarship
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.
Derek Abe is currently in the MURP Program studying active transportation planning and engineering as it relates to travel behavior, land use, and health and equity outcomes. A longtime bike commuter, Derek looks forward to improving pedestrian, bike, and transit options for communities in the years to come. For three years, he has served as the Bicycle Programs Specialist in PSU’s Transportation and Parking Services. At TriMet, he worked on bike and pedestrian projects along the Portland Milwaukee Light Rail line. He is the 2011-12 recipient of the Bike Gallery Scholarship, holds a graduate assistantship with First Stop Portland, and was recently awarded a grant to research transit finance models for PSU and TriMet.
Collin Roughton earned a BA in Sociology from New College of Florida. He moved to Portland shortly after graduation in an effort to soak up innovations in sustainable urbanism and participate in the thriving bike culture he’d heard so much about. Since arriving in 2007, he’s had the pleasure of working with the Coalition for a Livable Future as a sustainable transportation policy analyst and the Community Cycling Center as a youth programs instructor. In the winter of 2010, he rode his bike from Miami to Los Angeles. This will be Collin’s second year in the MURP program, where he is continuing to explore his interests in active transportation, livable streets, and social justice in planning. One of Collin’s primary goals is to help create conditions where bicycling is attractive and accessible to all.
Nick Falbo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon. His interest in bicycle and pedestrian planning grew from his travels, where it became clear that the Portand bicycling experience was not unique to Portland, but was something that could work anywhere when given the right support and planning. Nick is learning ways to fuse his art background with his planning efforts, most recently through volunteer work with the North Portland Greenway project illustrating path proposals as part of a community focused design charette. As an intern at Alta Planning + Design he is working on the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide to showcase engineering best-practices to make bicycling safe, more comfortable and more convenient.
Drew Meisel holds an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development from Portland State University (PSU). Drew's interest in bicycle and pedestrian planning stems from his experiences as a bicycle commuter in Portland, OR, his volunteer work with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and professional work at PSU Transportation. As an intern at Alta Planning + Design he is working on a variety of projects focused on improving walking and bicycling conditions on both the regional and citywide level.
Lindsay Walker is the 2008-2009 recipient of the Alta Planning + Design Scholarship. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University, and has worked as a Transportation Planner and a District Bicycle Coordinator with the California Department of Transportation, District 1.
Under the scholarship Lindsay helped develop the Bicycle Boulevard Guidebook, as well as helped organize the Bicycle Boulevard Fundamentals professional development course.
Bike Gallery Scholarship
Ryan Farncomb is from a small town west of Seattle and has spent much of his life gallivanting about the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of Western Washington University, Ryan went on to work for the City of Poulsbo, Washington, helping to improve its walking and biking environment. Since entering the MURP program at PSU in 2011, he has continued to work for the City on bicycle projects, as well as working on a safe routes to school project at an elementary school in Newberg, Oregon. Through education and experience Ryan wants to learn how to best address the barriers to walking and biking as pragmatic ways of moving about our communities. He spends his free time cycling around town, backpacking during Portland’s six weeks of summer, playing music as much as possible and visiting far flung places.
Derek Abe is originally from the state of Hawaii and has spent the last nine years in the Pacific Northwest. He is the Bicycle Programs Specialist at PSU Transportation, responsible for planning and managing the University’s bicycle encouragement and education programs and bicycle parking facilities. He also serves as Program Assistant at First Stop Portland at the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, and is currently investigating the interface between wildlife ecology and transportation networks as an adjunct environmental researcher for the Environmental Sciences and Management department. In his free time, he enjoys traveling to new cities, backpacking, and extended bike tours. He is an incoming MURP student for the 2011-2012 year.
Sarah Bronstein earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Politics from Whitman College. In the years following school she apprenticed with a potter, hiked 1200 miles from Montana to the Pacific Ocean, and worked for the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle, Washington. As part of her work at this advocacy non-profit she ran the Bicycle Ambassador program and helped organize the Green Bikes commuter incentive program. As she launches into her first year at PSU's MURP program, Sarah looks forward to dusting off her politics degree and being a part of Portland's next active transportation tipping point.
DKS Associates Scholarship
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.
Zef Wagner earned a BA in History and Politics from Drake University before moving to Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in 2007. There he learned the joys of living in a dense, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with good public transit access, but quickly discovered that cycling in the area was not very safe or convenient. He soon got involved in the Capitol Hill Community Council and helped run the Complete Streetcar Campaign, a community-led effort to improve the design of the upcoming First Hill Streetcar. One element of their proposal was to build a two-way cycle-track facility along with the streetcar. The campaign was a success and the project is now underway. In Portland, Zef has found a city where cycling is a great option for getting around and having fun. He sees the MURP program as an opportunity to learn how to plan for great neighborhoods and transportation systems where walking, cycling, and public transit are given priority.
2011-2012 and 2010-2011
Chloe Ritter holds a Bachelor of Theater Studies from the University of Kansas. In the years since then she became a regular bicycle commuter while working for small theaters in Portland, and now she can’t imagine life without a bike. Having lived in Midwestern cities that are much less bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly than Portland led her to an interest in active transportation planning. In Portland, she has worked with the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance to promote awareness of bicycle and pedestrian issues, and has found that the collaborative skills required of a theatrical stage manager translate well into collaborating on transportation projects. She looks forward to building on these skills through the MURP program and working to make walking and bicycling as safe and fun in other cities as it is in Portland.
Rex Burkholder and Lydia Rich Scholarship
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.
Eugenio holds a BA in Law and a Masters in Politics and Public Management from his hometown university, ITESO, as well as a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. He served as the Secretary of Social Development for the City of Guadalajara, Mexico, implementing the Via RecreActiva program, then as the head of Cultural Affairs, responsible for non-motorized transportation policy. Among his achievements are construction of the city’s first segregated cycle-path and implementation of a free bike-share program. Eugenio is in the Urban Studies PhD program. He is interested in the impacts of land use, the built environment and socioeconomic aspects of travel patterns.
Tara Goddard holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelors in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She grew up in rural Northern California, where she started riding her bike and walking to school at an early age, and then continued to do so at UCSB, UCD and beyond. Most recently, Tara has served as the Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Davis, California. She enjoys working at the intersection of urban planning and engineering, and exploring the psychology and sociology of travel behavior.
For Colin Rowan, the planning field is a natural outlet for his passions and interests. Colin holds a master’s degree in history from Northeastern University and bachelor’s degrees in history and politics from Brandeis University. After graduate school a growing interest in sustainable development and manual literacy led him to Guatemala to volunteer at Maya Pedal. Upon returning stateside, Colin has managed Bike Works, a non-profit community bike shop in Seattle; worked as a bicycle mechanic at Clever Cycles in Portland, OR; and, most recently, was the public history program manager at the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative. Through the MURP program Colin hopes to pursue his research interests in active transportation, especially planning efforts to encourage and enable youth and elderly populations to ride and walk.
Nathan McNeil will be in his second year of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program during the 2009-10 year. A native of Washington State, he went to New York to pursue undergraduate studies at Columbia. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History, he worked for a community economic development non-profit, worked in social policy research, and more recently, served as a performance auditor for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Office of the Inspector General.
Nathan worked with Professors Jennifer Dill and Christopher Monsere on an evaluation of Portland's "Bike Boxes" during the 2008-09 year. Over the coming year, he plans to research ways that land use and transportation decisions can encourage dense, multi-modal neighborhoods.
In his spare time, Nathan likes to explore alpine meadows, old-growth forests, and new cities and neighborhoods.
Dana Dickman holds an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University. Her focus within the program was on the impact of transportation policy decisions and resource allocation. After attaining her degree, she remained in Humboldt for six years, working for the Redwood Community Action Agency as a planner focusing on community-based non-motorized transportation planning.
While in the the MURP program, Dana worked on a Field Area Paper to determine whether proximity to bike/ped, and possibly transit facilities, reduces household income expenditures on transportation.
Ms. Dickman is married and a mother of twins.
Stephen Gomez Scholarship
Kate Drennan, a first year MURP, earned her BA from Smith College, focusing on political science and international relations. After graduation she spent four years in DC working for Congressman Earl Blumenauer, handling a legislative portfolio that included transportation, sustainability issues, and bikes. Some of Kate’s proudest accomplishments include passing the National Bike Bill and implementing the Bike Commuter Act. In 2009, Kate joined Transportation For America to advocate for multi-modal transportation to all of the House and Senate as she worked on the federal Transportation Bill and Climate Change initiatives. In her free time, Kate loves to run, play soccer, do triathlons and eat at all of Portland’s fabulous food carts.
Kathryn Doherty-Chapman spent the last 8 years in Philadelphia, PA where she completed her bachelors degree in Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. A Portland native, she is excited to be back home bringing skills and experience from working in bicycle education, youth development and community economic development. Originally drawn to bicycles from an environmental/climate change perspective, she has since grown to appreciate the social and health benefits of this ideal travel mode. Her first bicycle education gig was in Seattle with the Earn-a-Bike program at Bike Works, then later at Neighborhood Bike Works in West Philadelphia. Kathryn continued advocating for bicyclists and pedestrians through programs and events while working in community development in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. One of her favorite professional accomplishments is the founding of the annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, a design competition and parade of human powered vehicles which recently celebrated it’s 5th year, drawing over 10,000 spectators. As an entering MURP student, Kathryn is planning to focus on land use and transportation. A full-time bicycle commuter since the age of 19, and car-free since 2003, she likes playing and listening to live music, baking and kittens.
Tara Sulzen came to Portland in 2007 because she wanted to be in a place leading the nation in innovative land use and transportation planning, and, because she was sick of driving (even more so after driving across the country to get here!). After working with the Bus Project as a Political Organizer, Tara joined the staff at 1000 Friends as a Field Organizer. She is passionate about finding new ways to engage and educate the next generation of Oregonians to take the reigns of land use and transportation advocacy, to ensure we create healthier, safer environments. She has recently helped lead outreach efforts across the state for Oregonians to discuss strategies that their communities can use to reduce pollution and increase transportation options. Tara began the Urban and Regional Planning Masters program in Fall 2009 and her research interests are improving citizen participation and transparency in regional transportation planning, retrofitting suburban landscapes for active transportation accessibility and finding better ways to communicate complex planning processes and issues, and Oregon's land use and transportation success stories to the public.