Polina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Portland State University. Her interest in transportation developed when she moved from a very multimodal hometown in Russia to Anchorage, Alaska, where she felt it was impossible to live without a car. While in school, Polina was heavily involved with ASCE, SWE, and ITE. Along with working as a tutor, a research assistant, and a mentor for incoming engineering students, Polina served as a captain of the PSU Steel Bridge team. Prior to joining Kittelson full time, she completed a year-long internship with Mackenzie and a summer internship in Kittelson’s Boston office. Through her internships and education, Polina gained experience with development services projects, AutoCAD drafting, safety analyses, GIS analyses, scripting in Python and Excel VBA, and design and operations of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Polina is an avid bicyclist, and her career goal is to become a plangineer. She believes that, through her work, she can help make transportation systems more efficient and safe for all users. Outside of work, Polina enjoys climbing rock and mountains, dancing tango, skiing, and cooking for friends and family.