Research Scientists & Research Assistants

Who We Are: Research Scientists & Research Assistants

 

Maxwell Bernstein, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2021) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Transportation, and Infrastructure. With a background in regional food systems and hospitality management, Max is most interested in the governance and economic structures shaping the physical form of cities, and how these built environments influence the interactions among people and communities. He is committed to a vision of socially and environmentally sustainable urban development based on human-scale infrastructure, controlled densification, community engagement, and the reclamation of public spaces and resources for the common benefit.

Nicholas Cowan, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2021) at NYU Wagner specializing in Urban Analytics. He received his BS in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University in 2019. His previous research focused on transportation networks in Suffolk County, Long Island, including the establishment of a regional bike share, bus rapid transit system, and hike/bike master trail network. He is interested in utilizing spatial tools and data-driven approaches to understand the social, economic, and ecological patterns of cities to promote healthier, happier, smarter, and more equitable communities.

Olivia Limone, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2021) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She received her BA in Political Science from NYU in 2019. Her past research includes the effect of electoral cycles on constituent services. She is interested in developing resilient infrastructure in response to climate change and improving public transportation networks.

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.

Kelsey McGuinness, Research Assistant, is a Master of Urban Planning candidate (2020) at NYU Wagner specializing in Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation. She received her BA in Communications from UNC Chapel Hill where she also obtained a minor in Sustainability Studies. Her past research has focused on small scale projects such as the feasibility of a campus-wide bike share as well as larger topics such as the state of renewable energy policies in European cities. She is interested in the relationship of transportation to social equity, environmental sustainability, and enhanced livability in our cities.

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.

To reach a Research Assistant, please email us at rudin.center@nyu.edu.