I am a transportation professional with a passion for public transportation and passenger rail. Originally from Australia, I have lived and worked in the United States since early 2012.
Picture: Presenting a bus rapid transit (BRT) project to Falls Church City Council in Virginia (November 2022)
I was born in Ipswich, Queensland, just west of Brisbane (about a 10 hour drive north of Sydney). Growing up my career interests changed a lot. From a police officer at age 7, to a veterinarian at age 12, to a scientist at age 15. When I was 16, an influential maths teacher, Dr. Terry Byers, introduced me to engineering.
In 2007 I started a double degree program in engineering and business at Queensland University of Technology. Although I started in mechanical engineering, I switched to civil after my first semester as I realized I was more interested in infrastructure than machines. As I completed my degree I considered working in geotechnical engineering and water engineering before planning a career in construction. First field work, and then infrastructure advisory. My internships really helped me figure out what I did and did not like. I was also very interested in traveling and working overseas. This influenced the kinds of companies I pursued.
I was in my last year of undergrad when my transportation professor, Dr. Jonathan Bunker, mentioned a transportation consulting firm in the United States was looking for a summer intern. Here was my first real chance to work overseas! I received an interview but, when the firm learned I was in my final year of university, the internship interview turned into a full-time job interview. After an intense 2-day interviewing process, the firm made me a job offer in the U.S. They would sponsor my visa and fly me over. I was over the moon!
In early 2012 I moved to the U.S. to work for Kittelson. Originally I thought this would be a two, maybe four, year experience but it's lasted more than a decade. Although I had not originally considered transportation as a career, I soon realized it was my true professional calling. I love working in transportation. It is a field that affects everyone's lives. I especially became passionate about public transportation. The efficiency of transit appealed to the engineering side of me while the social benefits appealed to my personal values. It is critical to the existence of cities, to social justice and equity, and to the future of transportation. Now that I know where I want to focus my career, I am working on becoming a leader in my field.
But my life isn't just work. Outside of work I like to travel (I have visited many states and cities since moving to the United States), visit the mountains, and go to the movies. Most importantly, I like to spend quality time with my wife and daughter.
Vision for the Future of Mobility
My Life in a Map
Blue house: places I've lived; Green briefcase: places I've worked; Purple hat: places I've studied
Yellow bag: places I've traveled