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NYU ITS: Women in Transportation Panel

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT

  • Location:C2SMART Lab
    15 MetroTech Center, 6th Floor

Women In Transportation Panel
Join us for Intelligent Transportation Society's first hosted event of the year.

Three expert panelists will be joining us to share their insights and experiences from their careers as women in the transportation field, moderated by NYU Tandon Professor Dr. Tra Vu. These distinguished leaders have worked in the public, private and academic sectors, for companies such as the MTA, GPI and AIMSUN. The event is open to the public and will be very informative to anyone seeking career advice or interested in learning how to support women in the transportation industry.

The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session where the audience will have a chance to ask their own questions. If you have any questions you’d like to ask our panelists, please feel free to submit them in advance. Food and beverages will be provided.

Alexandra Aiello is currently a Strategic Analyst at MTA Bridges & Tunnels, working on GIS initiatives and managing outreach for the largest public transit authority in the country. She is very involved in volunteer work, currently serving on the board of Young Professionals in Transportation NYC and is the co-chair of the TransportationCamp 2018 organizing committee. Prior to joining MTA, Alexandra worked for NJ Transit as a Transportation GIS Analyst. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and a BA/BSc from SUNY Oneonta.

Julia Kite is a public policy guru and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the New York City Department of Transportation. She formerly worked at Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for pedestrians and cyclists in New York City. Julia earned her BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University as well as Master's Degrees in Sociology from Berkeley and in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.

An expert in simulation and forecasting, Laura Torres has worked as a Transportation Modeller for well-known software provider Aimsun since 2011. She has been involved in traffic forecasting, multi-modal analyses and connected vehicle studies in New York, San Diego and Nevada. Laura has Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Moderator: Dr. Tra Vu is a familiar face to most NYU Tandon students, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Civil Engineering courses as an Adjunct Professor. She also serves as Technical Director of Modeling and Visualization for Greenman-Pedersen (GPI), a prominent consulting firm, and is a past president of the local chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Dr. Vu earned her Bachelor's, Masters and Ph.D. degrees from NYU Polytechnic Institute (now NYU Tandon).