Joseph Broach is an OTREC/NITC transportation scholar. He moved to Portland in 2006 after completing a B.A. in liberal studies and M.A. in economics at the University of Montana. Interests in transportation and decision making led him to the urban studies Ph.D. program at Portland State. Broach has worked on research projects related to transportation data and modeling, and helped design the next-generation bicycle model for the Portland region in conjunction with Metro. He co-founded PhT, a research-focused discussion group for Ph.D. students in transportation. Broach hopes his dissertation will help improve modeling of walk and bike mode choice. His research will consider a more complete mode choice behavioral framework that acknowledges the importance of attributes along the specific walk and bike routes that travelers are likely to consider. In 2013 he presented research at the Transportation Research Board's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.