Research Scientists & Research Assistants
Who We Are: Research Scientists & Research Assistants
Gloria Campbell, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2019) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Saint Louis University where she also earned a minor in Urban Poverty Studies. For her senior capstone, Gloria analyzed the social and physical barriers to cycling for North Saint Louis residents. Gloria also has experience working in active transportation engineering and community development organizations. She is interested in creating innately equitable and sustainable cities through collaboration of stakeholders in diverse sectors.
Ari Kaputkin, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2018) at NYU Wagner, concentrating in Environment, Infrastructure and Transportation. He earned his BA in Geography from SUNY New Paltz in 2014 and then went on to study Mandarin Chinese at Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, he worked on an open data initiative and a mental mapping project. He has also worked as a geospatial data analyst and a freelance cartographer. He is an avid cyclist and is interested in active and mass transit networks as a means of economic development.
Jenee Malloy, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She earned a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Jenee is a member of the Urban Planning Student Association, where she serves as Chief Editor of the Wagner Planner. Her work experience includes transportation advocacy, urban placemaking, economic development and environmental review. She is interested in creating reliable and efficient transportation networks that encourage upward mobility for low-income communities.
Christopher Polack, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2020) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. He received his BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018. His past research has focused on the leveraging of digital interactive tools and collaborative community mapping spaces to encourage civic dialogue around urban issues. He is interested in the importance of transportation as a catalyst for economic mobility and assessing the benefits and risks of increasing dependence on data-driven systems in an urban context.
Rohan Rao, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2019) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. He has five years of experience as an engineering consultant designing water network systems in India. Rohan is interested in improving urban and transportation infrastructure through innovation and technological solutions.
Rachel Wise, Research Scientist, previously served as a research assistant at the NYU Rudin Center while completing her Masters in Public Administration at NYU Wagner in 2018. In her new position, she continues to gather research, conduct literature reviews, author reports, and craft presentations on a number of topics falling within the urban planning field, among them: theories of networked urbanism; the centralizing and decentralizing forces of enhanced communication technologies on spatial development; and the physical and nonphysical infrastructures that support truly smart cities. Rachel holds a BA in economics from NYU.
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