Kittelson’s first-ever virtual internship program kicked off on June 15, 2020.
Like many other firms, we were faced with the hard decision to cancel our internship program this year due to COVID-19, or change things up quite a bit. We invest a great deal of time and thought into our internship program and were initially unsure if we’d be able to provide that same experience in a virtual setting. But the more we put ourselves in our interns’ shoes (and adjusted to the virtual environment ourselves), the more we realized canceling wasn’t an option for us. So we created our first-ever virtual program! If you’d like, you can learn more about how we got to this decision, and what the virtual program will entail.
Please help us welcome our 2020 intern class. We’re excited that each of these students is willing to adapt to the virtual environment with us and try something new. We’ll keep you updated throughout the summer on how it’s going!
Adrian is entering his second year at Rutgers University’s Master of City and Regional Planning Program. Adrian originally hails from the Boston, MA area and recently finished his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. As an avid cyclist, Adrian is passionate about creating safe and efficient transportation infrastructure for all modes of mobility. He is excited to dive into the exciting projects and learning experiences offered this summer. In his free time, Adrian enjoys mountain biking, learning new languages, photography and camping with his family.
Christian is currently studying City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialization in transportation. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, doing data visualization, transportation plan development, and project prioritization. Christian immersed himself in planning policy during his first year at UNC. He is looking forward to melding his technical and policy backgrounds to drive better planning policy using GIS and data visualization. Christian enjoys working with computer hardware and is an avid science-fiction/fantasy reader. Whatever the subject, he’s always taking book recommendations.
Conor grew up in Portland, Maine, but went down to Virginia Tech to study civil engineering. Although he was initially interested in structural engineering, he has gained a deep passion for transportation engineering and planning from his professors and research. Conor hopes to learn about the design of multimodal transit infrastructure and smart cities. At Virginia Tech, Conor enjoys playing club tennis and traveling to Uganda through Engineers Without Borders to help install solar power systems at rural schools.
Conor Hill is a student at Georgia Tech, working on his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Systems. In addition to past experience in traffic forecasting and roadway design, Conor’s interests include multimodal planning/design and travel demand modeling. He is most excited to see transportation problems and solutions in cities other than his home of Atlanta, as well as hear about experiences and passions from professionals. In his free time, Conor loves hiking and biking, cheering on Atlanta United, creating a Spotify playlist for every occasion, and travelling to exciting new places (ask about his recent trips to The Netherlands and Australia)!
Daniel is a rising senior at Drexel University in Philadelphia studying civil engineering with a concentration in transportation and also pursuing a business administration minor. Originally hailing from Los Altos, CA, he has completed two 6-month transportation engineering internships in the Philadelphia area for one private and one public firm. Daniel’s experience has been mostly on the design side of transportation. The projects he has worked on include large-scale corridor revision projects, traffic control plans, pedestrian traffic studies, and small-scale intersection design projects. The transportation planning aspects are what he looks forward to most about the Kittelson program, because it will be helpful for him to gain a more complete understanding of how large scale transportation projects are carried out. In his free time, Daniel enjoys mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and playing in chess tournaments.
Elizabeth (Liz) Kaniecki
Liz is a senior at Virginia Tech pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an interest in transportation and project management. She is excited to work with everyone at Kittelson and ready to learn and grow as a professional engineer. During this internship, she’s looking forward to participating in a wide range of projects in areas dealing with data analysis, transportation facility design and construction, multimodal planning, and other interesting areas. In her free time, Liz loves to stay active and adventurous and especially enjoys rock climbing, playing soccer, and doing difficult hikes during the summer and skiing/snowboarding during the winter.
Jackson is a student at Northeastern University pursing a BS and an MS in civil engineering, with a concentration in transportation. Jackson’s first glimpse into the world of transportation planning and engineering came through a study abroad trip to the Netherlands, where he studied bicycle infrastructure and other sustainable transportation practices. This experience opened Jackson’s eyes to the impact that community-focused transportation decisions can have on people’s lives. Since, he has been looking for ways to make multimodal changes in the US, working both with a consulting firm in Boston and a municipality in Portland, ME. Jackson loves to camp, play music, spend time in the mountains (any season will do!) and travel, but given the current circumstances he’s glad to be traveling virtually to work through the Tucson office and with others across the country.
Joshua is originally from Rwanda, mostly known as the land of a thousand hills. He is attending George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Joshua believes that transportation and planning is the backbone of the advancement of society. He is looking forward to the experience of learning from accomplished professionals and having constructive discussions with peer interns. Apart from engineering, he enjoys watching and playing soccer and basketball.
Kate Coggins moved from New Jersey to study civil engineering at The University of Alabama and completed her degree in May 2020. She plans to continue on to earn her Master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in transportation. Prior to her internship with Kittelson, she completed a co-op with a general contractor and an internship with a structural engineering firm. She is excited to receive exposure to many aspects of transportation engineering and meet the other interns and employees who are equally passionate.
Lauren Zuend is currently a student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She is originally from Virginia and enjoys the new experiences and perspectives that the West Coast has to offer. Lauren has completed work relating to highway detour routes and plans to expand her knowledge scope within the transportation industry through this internship with Kittelson. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, baking, and horseback riding.
Matthew Hui is currently pursuing his master’s degree in transportation engineering and city planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in Hong Kong and is very much enjoying the California weather having spent a few winters in the (much) colder regions of North America. Matthew is interested in leveraging data (big and less-big) to find innovative and context-sensitive solutions for an accessibility-centric, safe, equitable, and multi-modal transportation system. In his free time, Matthew is a soccer referee and loves to read on the hammock he installed on his balcony.
Meg Hunter grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and is studying civil engineering at Purdue University. She just finished up her fourth year and is looking forward to graduating this December and starting her graduate studies in the spring. The past couple years, she has had the opportunity to participate in research and has worked on research studies on winter operations, e-scooters, and more recently, vehicle probe data usage. Outside of work, Meg is an aspiring dog and cat mom and has been spending her quarantine time fixing up used furniture for her first solo apartment in the fall.
Megan is currently studying civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. At Cal Poly, she works as an engineering ambassador and math workshop facilitator. She is also involved in the ASCE student chapter on campus and competed on the Pacific Southwest Conference Transportation team this year. In her free time, Megan likes to run and enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoors in SLO. The past two summers Megan interned for a civil engineering firm in Portland, and she is very excited to continue to learn here at Kittelson this summer!
Micah is currently attending the Georgia Institute of Technology to obtain his Master of City & Regional Planning as well as his Master of Transportation Systems Engineering. Originally intending to build a career in the natural sciences, Micah changed his plans when he became motivated to promote the adoption of and transition to more equitable and sustainable transportation practices. Still relatively new to transportation planning and engineering, Micah is ecstatic to gain exposure to a wide variety of projects and experiences this summer to determine the direction he wishes to take his future career in transportation. In his free time, Micah’s hobbies are playing city-building video games, casual biking, and collecting iron-on patches from parks across the country as mementos of his travels.
Nishita Kandikuppa is a City and Regional Planning student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Sustainable Environments. Having previously interned for the Complete Streets team at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, she developed an interest in exploring how multimodal sustainable transportation affects large, metropolitan cities. In her free time, she likes to read mystery novels, skim through interior design magazines, sketch and paint. She has aspired to work for a planning firm since she was 12-years-old and is thrilled to finally be fulfilling her dream!
Sruthi expected to bring Howdy greetings to Kittelson’s Sacramento office in person from Aggieland before COVID-19 happened. With an academic and research background in transportation economics, safety and big data analysis, Sruthi has been pursuing her doctorate in transportation engineering for the last four years. With previous internship experiences at CDM Smith (Banglore) and Capital Metro (Austin), she is looking forward to experiencing all that Kittelson has to offer. She is an avid traveler, adventure sports enthusiast and does not miss a chance to decorate her apartment with adopted plants.
Tanner is currently enrolled at Oregon State University pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. Tanner was born and raised in the Willamette valley. He has a variety of pets including 2 cats, 2 snakes, a gecko and a small tank of fish, aquatics frogs and snails. Tanner enjoys playing video games, hiking throughout the north-west and learning about different engineering disciplines.