Syllabus & Speakers

Syllabus & Speakers

Syllabus for Careers in Transportation Seminar [view] – (updated 8/23/2022)

(The syllabus is both for students registered through UF for the college credit option and for those registered to receive a Certificate of Completion and the CEU Option)

Speaker Schedule

Week Topic Speaker(s)
8/25 Introduction ·    Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D., Director of University of Florida Transportation Institute, Barbara Goldsby Professor of Civil Engineering

·    Erin Lin, UF Career Connections Center

9/1 Electric Vehicle Technology ·    Ria Kontou, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

·    Jarret Stoltzfus, Proterra

9/8 Sustainability and Environment ·    Stephanie Bolyard, Research Engineer at NCDOT

·    Patty Cramer, Ph.D., Independent Transportation Ecologist

·    Robert Horton, PE, VP Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport

9/15 Advocacy and Policy ·    Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America

·    Benito Perez, Policy Director of Transportation for America

·    Abi Grimminger, Communications, Transp. for America

·    Alex Bond, USDOT Policy Analyst

9/22 Transportation Planning, Part I & Big Data ·    Megan McGinley, HDR

·    Tyler Valila, HDR

·    Esther Chitsinde, HDR

9/29 Networking Event


IN PERSON, no Zoom class this week

·    Plan ahead to attend one of the following events to practice your elevator pitch:

·         UF Career Showcase – September 26th, 27th, and 28th (different focuses on different days)

·         ESSIE Evening with Industry – September 27th (pre-registration required)

10/6 Big Data, Artificial Intelligence & Inclusive Design ·    Alexandra Kondyli, Ph.D., University of Kansas

·    Patrick Emami, Ph.D., National Renewable Energy Laboratory

·    Pruthvi Manjunatha, Ph.D., University of Florida

10/13 Innovative Transportation Technology ·    Stan Caldwell, Carnegie Mellon University

·    Lisa Kay Schweyer, Carnegie Mellon University

10/20 Transportation Planning, Part II ·    Jessica Mackey, Benesch

·    Thuha Nguyen, Via Planning

·    Miguel Lugo, Ph.D., US Army Corps of Engineers

10/27 Communications and Public Engagement ·    Amanda Day, Day Communications, Inc.

·    Cantrece Jones, ADG Jacksonville

·    Calvin Tuttle, University of Michigan

·    Adie Tomer, Brookings Institute

11/3 Economics and Public Transit ·    David Kack, Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

·    Chad Riding, Caltrans

·    Erik Siebert, Rail Project Manager, Benesch

11/10 Equity and Accessibility ·    Amar Cid, Caltrans Office on Race and Equity

·    Noreen McDonald, University of North Carolina

·    David Yang, AAA Foundation

·    Joshua Johnson, Lyft

11/17 Internships, Students, and Recent Graduates ·    Leoni Barkakati, Kittelson (UF grad)

·    Rebecca Kiriazes, Ph.D., Catholic University of America, (Georgia Tech grad)

·    Lindsey Oluyede, Ph.D., Presidential Research Fellow, Arizona State University (UNC Chapel Hill grad)

·    Elisabeth Staten, Planner, City of St. Petersburg, FL (UF grad)

12/1 Project Presentations


Questions? Contact:

  • Ondine Wells, M.S., Education/Technology Transfer Coordinator, UFTI/STRIDE at
  • Ines Aviles-Spadoni, M.S., Research Coordinator, UFTI/STRIDE at