Having spent time working within a Metropolitan Planning Organization environment, it was then when I discovered my passion for transportation-related issues. Integrating a Geographic Information System map into a plan and study to serve as a communicator to the public about the issues we face as a society has been an eye-opening experience for me. During the past couple years, I have grown in curiosity to develop an understanding of how to become a researcher within an academic institution; to become influential in the development of new knowledge within the field of transportation as my current and one of my ultimate goals in life.
Currently, the research project I am involved in looks at understanding why varying historical methods have not proven to be as successful in communicating to and involving the citizens and stakeholders in the planning process within the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Long Range Planning process. Upon the research gaining this understanding, it will seek to identify how innovative and context-sensitive strategies, methods and tools can be infused within this Department of Transportation's public outreach and involvement efforts/plans; to better guarantee that public influence is interwoven into the fabric-of-thought of transportation experts and officials and its products of success.
Aside from serving as a student researcher, I also am becoming engaged in the conversations as a student. I am becoming familiar with the multidimensional nature of urban life and the governance of urban communities. Learning how to identify and analyze, derived from the approach of urban management and the integration of geospatial information systems, the varying urban issues from the perspectives of several disciplines including sociology, history, political science, geography and economics.
Being an active student member of the American Planning Association and serving as a board member of the Young Professionals in Transportation Nashville Chapter has opened doors for opportunities by creating new friendships, the exchange of professional conversations and for an acquirement for new knowledge in the field of transportation within urban environments and ultimately gaining a fresh perspective and appreciation of transportation-related issues. I have been invited to serve as the Social Media Coordinator for the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association as well as the Webinar Manager for the Transportation Planning Division of the American Planning Association. If you or someone you know who may be interested in serving as a speaker for one of our Transportation Planning Division webinars, please reach out to me via LinkedIn private message or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"I do what I love, I love what I do."