Phillip Strickland

Phillip Strickland

Phillip C. Strickland is currently a graduate student of applied anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his BA in anthropology at East Carolina University, where he minored in history. There, he earned certifications in Cultural Resource Management(CRM) and Forensic Anthropology. As an applied anthropologist, Strickland practices a holistic, multifaceted, and…

Benjamin Blanchard

Benjamin Blanchard

Benjamin is a dedicated and accomplished scholar who recently graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Master’s of Arts degree in Anthropology. With a passion for understanding human-environment interactions, Benjamin focused their research on tree canopy protection networks in Charlotte. Specifically, their work aimed to investigate the challenges faced by these networks in achieving the established…

Gunnar Eubanks

Gunnar Eubanks

Gunnar has over 5 years of experience in economic analysis and research, as it pertains to agriculture, banking, and finance. As a Master of Science Student and research analyst, Gunnar worked on the financial analysis of farm operations in various industries and building a database of census data, economic indicators, and weather data dating back…

Pukar Bhandari

Pukar Bhandari

Pukar is a highly skilled and dedicated Transportation Planner/Analyst with a strong passion for optimizing transportation systems and creating sustainable urban environments. With a proficient command of software tools such as ArcGIS, Synchro/SimTraffic, and programming languages like R and Python, he possesses a deep interest in transportation data analytics, traffic modeling, and data visualization.  Having…

Wade Carroll, AICP

Wade Carroll, AICP

Wade Carroll has over twenty-five years of addressing a wide range of planning focus areas – including freight, economic development, land use, and multimodal transportation. His experience also includes working with a wide range of clients, including national cooperative research programs (CRPs), state DOTs, transit agencies, councils of governments (COGs), community improvement districts (CIDs), and…

Amiy Varma, PhD, PE, AICP, PTOE

Amiy Varma, PhD, PE, AICP, PTOE

Dr. Varma is a veteran planner, engineer, educator, researcher, and leader. His wealth of knowledge, analytical skills, experience, and perspectives have been crucial in cross-cutting research and consulting in planning, design, operation, financing, management, sustainability, and resilience of transportation infrastructure. For cumulative contributions over decades, Dr. Varma was recognized with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement…

Frank Broen

Frank Broen

Frank Broen is a national expert in communicating complex transportation issues for planning, systems implementation, multimodal operations, forecasting and trends, and transportation data analytics. He also has 40+ years of experience helping communicate transportation issues on the local, state, and national level. He most recently served as Primary Investigator for NCHRP 52-16: Visualization of Highway…

Tony Furst

Tony Furst

Tony has 20+ years of executive level experience leading national level programs in freight operations and management, safety, and deploying innovative technologies and practices. Serving in positions of increasing scope and responsibility, he is experienced in establishing and implementing strategic direction, collaboratively engaging partners and stakeholders, solving complex problems across public and private organizations, developing…

Barry Mason

Barry Mason

Barry has served for past 30 years in the areas of; commercial vehicle inspection and enforcement operations, truck enforcement stations, ITD, e-screening, virtual bypass sites, intelligent transportation system (ITS) for Commercial Vehicle Operations (CVO), truck parking, truck only lanes, inland ports, trans-loading, cross docking, multimodal centers with a goods movement focus. He provides these services…

Matt Preisler

Matt Preisler

Matt has over 20 years of airline and airport consulting experience with a focus on statewide airport system plans, air cargo system plans, regional multimodal transportation plans (aviation lead), and economic impact studies (airport-specific and statewide). As the project manager or task leader for over 20 of these studies, he was responsible for identification and…

Felipe Aros-Vera, PhD

Felipe Aros-Vera, PhD

Felipe Aros-Vera is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at Ohio University. He holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a M.S. and B.S. on Engineering Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Felipe’s research spans the fields of Transportation Engineering, Human Trafficking, and Humanitarian Logistics….

Gabrielle Westcott

Gabrielle Westcott

Gabrielle Westcott is a doctorally trained and published historian specializing in applied U.S. history. Her research engages the emerging methodology of emotions history to explore how emotions shape policy. As an expert in the historical analysis of emotions, Gabrielle will contribute to advancing the development of a methodology for measuring and analyzing the impact of…